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US Government to Grant Work Permits for Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

February 2015, 25
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H-1B spouses to obtain US work permits
Here’s good news for spouses of H-1B visa holders. Now, the government of US has decided to grant work permits to H-1B spouses from 26 May 2015 to help Indian spouses realize their dream of working in US. 

According to existing regulations, H-1B spouses who are mostly Indians are not permitted to work in the country.

Effective 26 May 2015, USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will start accepting work visa applications from spouses of H-1B visa holders. H-4 dependent spouses can start working in US after their Form I-765 is accepted by USCIS and they obtain an Employment Authorization Card. 

USCIS anticipate that the new rule would allow 179,600 individuals to file an application for employment authorization in the first year, followed by 55,000 people annually in succeeding years. The new rule is happily accepted by Americans and Indians.

South Asian Americans Leading Together in a statement commended the government of US for extending work authorization to eligible spouses of  H-4 dependent who wish to obtain lawful permanent resident status of employment-based type.

According to sources, eligible H-4 dependent partners include people who are the recipients of Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, authorized Form I-140, or abide by any one condition such as the primary H1B visa holder has an authorized I-140 or is presently on an extended H1B status more than the six-year limitation based on an I-140 petition application, which is kept pending for minimum 365 days. 

The recent figures released by the state department revealed that around 76 percent of individuals who obtained H-4 status in 2013 were from South Asian nations. 

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