I was in the process of applying for an H1-B visa for my wife but I have put a stop to it at the moment as we’re not sure yet what will come out of the review. Though I feel that it will mostly affect workers from the lower income group, if at all it does.”
That the outcome of the review might affect the spouses of H1-B visa holders isn’t lost on them. One such spouse on conditions of anonymity says, “Spouses of H1-B visa holders get an H4 dependent visa and it doesn’t give them the power to work. Because of that they can’t have bank accounts or social security numbers. However, in 2015, under President Barack Obama’s administration, certain spouses were allowed to work under the H4EAD rule. It stated that anyone who had an I-140 approved could obtain a work permit. But this might change if there are changes proposed and approved after the review.”
Upon further review, the situation is not as grim as it seems. All’s not lost yet as the order hasn’t set a deadline for the review, nor does it suggest any changes to the program yet. Viswa Alluri, who is also on an H1-B visa in the US, has a positive approach towards this. He says, “I don’t see anything that is going to impact H1-B holders with the recent executive orders. It is an order to USCIS and other officials to investigate more into the program and try to stop abusing it.”
Cun believes the latest Executive Order might not really be clear in terms of the outcome. She says, “It is very vague in providing guidance to federal agencies on the specifics and the timelines in which the President would like to see reforms to the H-1B program. While there was a lot of fanfare surrounding the announcement last week, the substantive guidance that the public is seeking is sorely missing. President Trump has essentially asked various federal agencies to conduct an internal review, provide reports and make recommendations on how to streamline the H-1B program. It can hardly be said to be a road map for any meaningful reform.”
“It’s always recommended to read reliable news sources about immigration-related events rather than relying on word-of-mouth rumors about what may or may not happen,” she signs off.