Washington Insights & Highlights
March 1, 2019
Administration Update
 

Rule to Revoke Work Permits for Spouses of High-Skilled Immigrants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving ahead with plans to stop issuing work permits for H-4 visa holders, dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders, sending the proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review. The rule, if enacted, would prohibit H-4 visa holders from being allowed to work legally in the U.S. It does currently indicate how existing H-4 visas will be addressed. While DHS estimates that a recent rule it enacted, making changes to the H-1B visa lottery process, would increase the number of H-1B visas for individuals with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution by 16 percent, the proposed regulation on H-4 visas could disincentivize international graduate degree-holders from remaining in the U.S.

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