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More than 70,000 Indian professionals affected as US Plans to end permits for H-4 Visa holders

The top federal agency of the Trump administration is planning to end the H-4 visa holders which will affect more than 70,000 Indian professional working in the US presently. The permit is granted under a special order of the Obama administration.

H-4 visa is given to the spouse of H-1B visa holders which includes high skilled Indian professionals. H-1B Visa is provided to the professional employees having a bachelor’s degree and non-resident of America.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna said, “A former communication is expected to be made later this summer. Our plans include proposing regulatory changes to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation, thereby revising the 2015 final rule granted such eligibility”.

H-4 visa is issued to more than 1 lakhs visa holders among which 90% are Indian professionals and rest are from China. It was basically meant to attract the foreign talent including Indian IT professionals.

The USCIS mentioned the reason for the major step taken by saying that it would prevent the United States workers from being displaced by foreign workers.

It said, “We are initially focussing on employers petitioning for L-1B specialised knowledge workers who will primarily work offsite at another company or organization’s location to ensure that they are complying with the requirements from the L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2004. These requirements were meant to help prevent United States workers from being displaced by foreign workers”.

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