The H-4 visa is usually issued to the spouses or children of holders of H-1B visa who are less than 21 years old. The H-1B visa allows employees from India to be employed in the US. A foreigner holding this non-immigration visa can be employed in a company in the US. It is the most demanded visa especially among workers in the Indian Tech companies.
The Trump Administration had guaranteed lawmakers that the opinion of the General public concerning the issue of revoking the H-4 visa would be taken. Revoking this visa will adversely affect a lot of Indians in the US. According to the Department of Homeland Security, the USCIS is expected to establish a new proposal as early as January 2019. In the proposal, it intends to remove H-4 visa holders from the list of eligible foreigners for authorization for employment. This can affect over 70,000 H-4 visa holders that have US work permits.
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Lately, similar letters have been sent to leaders of the Corporate Sector and top lawmakers in the US who raised questions over the proposal to revoke the visa. In a letter to Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris which was dated October 16th, the director of USCIS, Francis Cissna said that the public would be made to partake in a notice and comment period where they can give their feedback on the proposed revisions be made on H-4 visas.
The two senators had suggested that the group should not be exempted from receiving employment authority. There are however no strong claims in the letter on the certainty of what decision would be taken, even though the letter mentions that the DHS is willing to protect the virtue of the US immigration system
and the hound and wanted of US workers.
Another letter dated September 26 was sent to Kirstjen Nielson, the secretary of Homeland Security. It said that the proposed decision would displace about 1,000,000 skilled women from their jobs. It also spoke of the negative effects their displacement would have on their families and worse off the society at large.
Top Corporate leaders voiced their opinion in a letter dated 7th of August to the DHS. They noted that most of the spouses with H-4 visas have very high capacity to contribute to the economy as they have already been doing so far. They also made mention of the possibility of losing these high skilled spouses
to competing Nations that would welcome them with open arms.
Other signatories to the letter were Roger Newport - AK steel cooperation, Chuck Robbins - Cisco systems, Stephen Squeri - American Express, Doug Parker - American airlines.
A letter sent to the Department of Homeland Security was dated July 23. In the letter, about 34 legislators expressed their worries about revoking the visa. They said that most significantly skilled workers with H-4 visas
who are particularly important to the nation’s economy would be financially affected by the proposal.
They all received similar responses from the director of USCIS as was given to lawmakers.
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