The Trump administration has plans to stop granting work permits to….
spouses of H-1B holders, a move that would overturn a 2015 rule and affect thousands of foreigner currently in the United States.
H-1B: About 100,000 spouses and children of H-1B visa holders come to the U.S. on H-4 visas each year, a number that has been steadily increasing since 2012.
OBAMA: Before Barack Obama created a work permit for certain H-4 holders in 2015, these foreigners -often women were not allowed to hold a job here or be issued a Social Security number. from October 2015 to September 2016, 41,526 people were approved for the work authorization. Complete figures for the most recent government fiscal year, which ended in September, are not yet available.
FACEBOOK: The impact on the Bay Area could be outsized. Silicon Valley heavily relies on H-1B visa holders to staff technical positions; Facebook has so many it is deemed “dependent” on the visa by the government. Many brought spouses with them on H-4 visas. In recent years, those spouses have been able to seek work- a key economic support in a region where it’s difficult for families to get by on just one salary. Overturning the H-4 work authorization may have a domino effect, as couples may be less inclined to stay in the U.S if both cannot work, Said Emily Neumann, an immigration attorney.
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