Call Congress: Indian Spouses in the USA Need Help
Did you know that the Trump Administration wants to stop spouses of H-1B workers from pursuing the American Dream. Next month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will issue notice they are revoking the employment status of over 100,000 H-4 visa holders, mainly women from India. Learn more about this issue.
Call your U.S. Rep TODAY to take action.
Representatives Mia Love (R-UT) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) have initiated a bipartisan letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain the program that allows certain H-1B spouses to work and pursue the American dream.
This program has given over 100,000 women from India the opportunity to contribute their skills and expertise to the American economy.
The H-1B visa program for workers employed in “specialty occupations” allows over 460,000 foreign nationals to enter, live, and work in the United States for many years at a time, contributing to U.S. businesses, the economy, and local communities.H-1B recipients are allowed to bring their spouses and children under the age of 21 to live with them in the United States on H-4 visas.
Since 2015, DHS has allowed certain spouses of H-1B holders to work. The vast majority of these spouses are women who have lived in the United States for years and even decades. Many of them are already on the path to obtaining green cards, but have been unable to transition due to the decades-long employment backlogs. Many spouses of H-1B holders have their own careers or need to work to help support their family.Recognizing this, countries that compete with us to attract the best and brightest already allow accompanying spouses to work.
Immigrants have driven innovation and our economy since our nation’s inception. Spouses should not be forced to choose between love and their careers. Denying these spouses the ability to work will hurt the competitiveness of U.S. businesses, and our economy, as well as these spouses and their families.
Call your U.S. Rep Today to have them sign onto the letter! The deadline to call is Tuesday, May 8th.
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