After months of “will they, won’t they?” speculation, the federal government has announced it will publish a long-promised rule to disallow H-4 visa holders, H-1B visa holders’ spouses who are in the process of getting a green card, the right to work.
H-4 visa holders have been able to work since 2015. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first proposed the work ban in late 2017.
The rule update came from the federal government’s unified agenda webpage stating the draft rule will be published this month.
A recent report from University of Tennesee researchers estimate that of the 100,000 spouses in the U.S. on an H-4 visa, 93% are women from India.
For more H-4 Coverage:
- DHS Has Submitted a Proposed Rule to Remove Employment Eligibility for H-4 Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders
- H-4 EAD Rule Moving Forward, But Still in Early Stages
- Erickson in the News: Hiba Anver Talks with NBR about the Possible Changes Coming to the H-4 Visa Program
- Erickson in the News: Spouses of immigrant techies fear the Trump administration will soon revoke their ability to work in the US