New Delhi: The Donald Trump administration is reportedly planning to revoke a rule that allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US. According to a report on economictimes.indiatimes.com, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it is reviewing the Obama-era rule allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US.
The move which will impact H-1B visa holders who were in the running for a Green Card is being deemed as restrictive by Indian industries.
The DHS also stated its intentions for other changes to the H-1B visa programme and said it may revise the definition of which professions will be eligible for the visa programme. This is being done “to increase focus on truly obtaining the best and brightest foreign nationals,” the ET report said citing the DHS statement.
This is part of the recent steps which are tightening the regulatory framework, making the H-1B visa route stricter for the skilled workers, the report said quoting R Chandrashekhar, president of Indian IT industry body Nasscom.
“We continue to work with the US authorities to share the perspective on the kind of impact that this can have and its possible implications,” Chandrashekhar told ET. He also said that Nasscom hopes that the authorities there will look at the impact this will have on the skilled workers coming into the US.
“Shortage of skilled workers is recognised as a fact and will impact the economy of the US as well,” the ET report quoted Chandrashekhar as saying.
The Obama government had allowed spouses of H-1B visa-holders to take up jobs in the US on H-4 visa as dependents in February 2015. This was a long pending demand of the IT-industry and was meant to reduce “stress” on the immigrants.
Trump administration had, however, in March this year sought 60 days time to respond to a court case filed by Save Jobs USA that challenged the decision of the previous Obama Administration to authorise spouses of H1-B holders, who are awaiting green card, to work in the US.
Experts and immigration attorneys said that it may add to the overall protectionist environment around H-1B visa holders.
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