Biden administration allows H1B visa holders’ spouse to work in US

New York 27 January: The US President Joe Biden administration has overturned the decision of the previous Trump administration on H1B visas to provide great relief for workers’ spouse. The Biden administration has allowed H1B visa holders’ spouse to work in the US.

The Trump government had banned foreign workers out of the US and promised to give more jobs to the American people, stating it in the interest of the country. Permissions for H1B visa holders to work in the US under H-4 visas were granted by the Obama administration, but the Trump administration reportedly tried to end it under an agenda.

It is worth mentioning that the H1B visa holders are issued to their spouses. Visa holders mostly consist of high-skill Indian women. The H-4 visa is issued by the US Department of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to family members (spouses and children under 21) of H1B visa holders.

H-1B visa holders are mostly Indian IT professionals. It is usually issued to those who wish to achieve permanent resident status on employment basis. This key decision of the Biden administration has allowed employees holding H 1B visas to continue working with H-4 visa-holding spouses.

Significantly, a group of 60 MPs in the US requested newly elected President Joe Biden to change a policy of the previous Trump administration regarding visas.

The MPs had requested to extend the time limit of the validity of the document for people receiving H-4 visas. At the time it was expected that Biden could increase the range of high-skill visas, including H-1B. In addition to this, we can abolish the quota for employment based visas for different countries.

However, both these steps will benefit thousands of Indian professionals. Indian professionals were badly affected by some immigration policies of the Trump administration.

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