‘Will alleviate severe quality of life issuesâ€™.
WASHINGTON, DC: Immigration Voice, a national grass-roots organization of legal, high-skilled immigrants living in the United States, has expressed its delight and lauded President Barack Obama for the announcement today by the USCIS to give EAD, work permit cards to certain H4 visa holders.
The organization (www.immigrationvoice.org), which has been lobbying Capitol Hill for the last 10 years to implement changes in immigration laws to help legal immigrants who are limbo because of the stalling of their Green Card applications, pointed out in a press release that spouses of skilled immigrants generally have advanced STEM degrees, many from the best US Universities.
This regulatory change on granting EAD cards to certain H4 visa holders, will allow them to work or start their own businesses, contributing to the US economy, said Immigration Voice. This will alleviate severe quality of life issues faced by the spouses and their families, it added.
â€œTodayâ€™s announcement brings a ray of hope to the thousands of tax paying law abiding skilled immigrant spouses as they will finally be able to work and start their own businesses in America. The Presidentâ€™s leadership will allow skilled immigrant spouses to contribute the full measure of their talents to the U.S. economy,â€ said Pratik Dakwala, Co-Founder and Director of Immigration Voice, in s statement. â€œGreat numbers of these spouses are engineers, doctors, innovators, research scientists and professors. Until now, immigrant spouses were not allowed to work, sometime for over a decade while they and their families await adjudication of green card petitions. However, this fix will enable immigrant spouses to live up to their full potential.â€
Dheeraj Kohli, Vice President of Immigration Voice, said in a statement: â€œAs announced by President Obama on November 20, 2014, Immigration Voice very much hopes that this fix is the first in the series of more regulatory changes that will be implemented soon. And while Administrative fixes are most welcome, we implore Congress to live up to its promise to address our nationâ€™s priority issues, and fix the broken immigration system.â€
Group President and Co-founder Aman Kapoor said that, â€œWe are grateful to President Obama and his administration for Executive Action on Immigration to address the severe quality of life issues faced by hundreds and thousands of families, including allowing spousal work authorization for certain H-1B visa holders.â€
Immigration Voice has almost 100,000 members across the country and represents the interests of the nearly one million skilled immigrants and their family members caught in existing green card backlogs.