What’s in store for Indian techie spouses this spring?


H-4EAD holders’ American Dream fading as March 2020 revocation date looms.

It has been a quiet few months for dependent spouses of high-skilled Indian techies in green card line who were allowed to work in the US under an Obama era rule.

The existing regulation that allows spouses of many on employment based visas to find jobs or start their own businesses, has benefitted a majority of Indians living and working in the US.

Such H-4EAD or work permit holder dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders with an approved I-140 for permanent US residency had been at the center of immigration news for most part of early last year with the Trump Administration setting March 2020 as its revocation date.

Looks like that there may be some action on H-4EAD in the Spring of 2020 again with the OMB or the Office of Management and Budget’s approval on its revocation still pending, according to immigration experts.

In the Fall 2019, Regulatory Agenda, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NRPM) date is mentioned as March 2020.

While this would mean that rule making still remains a priority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), it must also be noted that the rule has remained in the regulatory agenda since the Spring of 2018.

So, what happens in March 2020 is being closely watched by many Indians in the US. According to immigration attorneys, if the rule is published, in March 2020, it will be followed by a comments period.

The public comments period is expected to see a lot of comments posted about the rule. This active participation by those affected may further delay the publication of the final rule and result in derailing the litigation to block the rule, should it become final.

So, the suggestion from most attorneys is to be prepared for the comments period and feel free to post comments in huge numbers.

However, many on H-4EAD who are currently gainfully employed do not want the process to create negative understanding of the rule.

Seattle based Manisha P. says, “I am on H-4EAD and in my understanding even if the rule is rescinded, the USCIS would only stop giving out new H-4EAD or work permits.”

“The right to work for those on H-4EAD continues to exist, but every time the proposal reaches the rule making stage, many in my workplace begin sympathizing with me,” she says. “I believe we should have greater awareness of how H-4EAD ultimately would affect us.”

Many on work permits are ready to comment, but are also dejected by the long green card line and any way looking at alternate options as their American Dream continues to look distant.


From aging out of H4 visa to AWS Summit panel, Dolica Gopisetty’s extraordinary journey (June 24, 2019)

USCIS says rule-making process to terminate H4 EAD not complete yet: report (June 18, 2019)

H4 work authorization may be next on Trump’s hit list, says Sheela Murthy (March 9, 2017)

H-4 and H-1: Time for Indian immigrants to speak up on immigration policy, says author Amy Bhatt (January 5, 2019)

New bill proposes to let H-1B workers switch jobs, H4 visa holders to work, F-1 holders to apply for green card (September 14, 2018)

End of the road for H-4 EAD program? (April 24, 2018)

Trump administration may soon end H-4 Visa Rule: report (February 1, 2018)

Tech industry urges USCIS not to cancel H-4 spouses’ work permits (January 19, 2018)

Trump to end H-4 EAD program for spouses of H-1B workers (December 15, 2017)

Trump administration asks for more time on H4 work authorization (April 4, 2017)

Regulations on H-4 EAD program on cards; may even be terminated, says Murthy Law Firm (November 24, 2017)

H4 visa-holders’ work authorization is under review: report (February 7, 2017)

H-1B visa exhibition at the Smithsonian: of goddess who gives visa, to women on H4 status in shackles (November 24, 2015)

H4 visa holders start to get EAD work permits from USCIS (June 29, 2015)

Save Jobs USA petition to not issue work permits to H4 visa holders dismissed (May 27, 2015)

DHS starts to accept employment authorization applications from H4 visa holders(May 26, 2015)

COLUMN: Save Jobs USA’s civil complaint against DHS to stop H4 visa holders from getting EAD cards is discriminatory (May 22, 2015)

No work permits for H4 visa holders: lawsuit filed by Save Jobs USA (April 27, 2015)

H4 visa holders can start a business after getting EAD: Sheela Murthy (March 9, 2015)

458,177 H4 visas issued in 6 years between 2008-2013 (February 26, 2015)

COLUMN: EAD cards for H4 visa holders: USCIS needs to give it to all of them(February 24, 2015)

EAD cards for H4 visa holders: green cards better solution, says IEEE-USA (February 24, 2015)

H4 visa holders can apply for EAD cards beginning May 26, 2015 (February 24, 2015)

EAD cards to H4 visa holders: Immigration Voice lauds Barack Obama February 24, 2015

One Comment

  1. Vince Civiletto

    Whats in store?? Jail. That’s what. Jail is in store for all these lying thieving job-stealing scum. STOP STEALING SANDWICHES FROM THE STAFF CANTEEN. your chummy 2-bit banker was caught red-handed and has been kicked out of million dollar job. Bloody stinking indians will stoop to the lowest levels everywhere!!!
    A Citigroup trader making more than $1 million a year has been suspended on allegations of stealing food from the company cafeteria
    A top London trader at Citigroup may be learning the hard way that there is no free lunch. Not at the cafeteria in the bank’s headquarters in Canary Wharf, anyway.

    Paras Shah, the head of high-yield bond trading for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Citigroup, was suspended last month after being accused of stealing food from the bank’s cafeteria, the Financial Times reported Monday.

    Shah came from a lucrative part of Citi’s business. Revenue in fixed-income trading, a powerhouse in the bank’s markets division, jumped 49% last quarter compared with the year before.

    Sources told the publication that Shah likely made over $1 million a year but was suspended right before bonus season.

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