The good news for INDIAN, including those with H-1B visas who reside in the United States, is that the US government’s major decision allows work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders.
The Joe Biden Administration of the United States has agreed to grant an automatic work authorization permit, taking flexible steps for immigration. The move is expected to benefit thousands of Indian-American women.
The matter was settled by the Department of Homeland Security this summer in a class action case filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on behalf of the immigrants’ wives.
On behalf of AILA, John Wassden said, “These H-4 Visa holders are people who meet the conditions for extension of Employment Authorization Documents but have been denied benefits by the agency in the past. They will have to re-become eligible and wait.
Due to non-approval, they are losing their high paying jobs without any valid reason. Wassden said American businesses are also suffering because of this.
Benefit more than 90 thousand H-4 Visa holders
Jesse Blaise, AILA’s director of federal litigation, said: “We are pleased to have reached this decision and it will be a great relief for the H-4s.” So far, more than 90,000 H-4 Visa holders, including a large number of Indian-American women, have received official approval for the job.