Four spouses of H-1B visa holders have sued the US government in a district court over undue delays in their H-4 extension and work authorization renewal. Spouses of H-1B who work in the US, get a dependent H-4 visa. However, this does not enable the spouse to work or be self-employed in the US. The petitions stated that the processing delay by the United States and Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS) had been intentional and this had put them at risk as they could have lost their jobs, insurance, driving license, etc. It also impacted their financial stability as well as that of their employers and their families. The petitioners demanded timely disposal of H-4 applications.
The Donald Trump administration started the process to ban work permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders earlier this year in May. They issued a work visa program launched by the previous Obama administration to encourage spouses of H-1B visa holders which will in turn help reduce the shortage of skill in technological areas. Since 2015, 1.2 lakh H4 EAD visas have been issued. many Indians, comprising mainly of female engineers, have been the biggest beneficiaries of this visa program by taking over 90% of the total figure.
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