Bill to save work authorization for H-4 Visa holders
Reps. Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo, Democrats who represent portions of the San Francisco Bay Area`s Silicon Valley in Congress, introduced legislation Nov. 16 to save work authorization for H-4 visa holders whose spouses are on track to get a green card. On the same day, DHS published its mid-year agenda to the Federal Register, noting that H-4 EAD termination was at the proposed stage. H-4 EAD has been the Sword of Damocles hung over the heads of more than 100,000 women from India, who were granted work authorization during the Obama administration. But President Donald Trump`s administration has threatened to suspend the rule ever since the new president took office. A final rule to suspend the program was under consideration by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is led by Indian American attorney Neomi Rao, who was nominated Nov. 13 by Trump to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. DHS anticipates that there would be two primary impacts that DHS can estimate and quantify: the cost-savings accruing to forgone future filings by certain H-4 dependent spouses, and labor turnover costs that employers of H-4 workers could incur when their employees` EADs are terminated.