Final clearance on Rule to rescind H-4 work authorization
The Department of Homeland Security said it was awaiting final clearance on a rule to rescind work authorization for certain H-4 visa holders, in a status report filed May 22 with the DC Court of Appeals. In February, DHS was granted an additional three months to respond to a lawsuit brought about by the organization Save Jobs USA, which contends that H-4 visa holders with work authorization – overwhelmingly immigrant women from India who are dependents of H-1B spouses – are taking jobs from American workers.Less than 100,000 H-4 visa holders have been granted work authorization. EADs are granted to those whose spouses have been approved for a green card, but face delays of up to 70 years before attaining legal permanent residency. In its status report, DHS noted that once the proposed draft has received final clearance from its agency, it will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review.Doug Rand, former assistant director for entrepreneurship in the Obama White House who helped implement the H-4 work authorization rule, told India-West that the public will not be able to see the language of the draft until it is entered in the Federal Register, where it must undergo a minimum 30-day public comment period.