Biden Govt. Settles For Automatic Job Authorization For H-4 Visa Holders.
In yet another immigration-friendly move, the Biden government has agreed to provide automatic work authorization permits to spouses of H-1B visas holders. This step would benefit thousands of Indian-American women.
The DHS settled with this regard in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on behalf of immigrant spouses this summer.
"This (H-4 visa holders) is a group that always met the regulatory test for an automatic extension of EADs, but the agency previously prohibited them from that benefit and forced them to wait for reauthorization. People were suffering. They were losing their high-paying jobs for absolutely no legitimate reason causing harm to them and US businesses," Jon Wasden from AILA said.
The litigation successfully achieved the reversal of the USCIS policy that prohibited H-4 spouses from benefiting from the automatic extension of their employment authorization during the pendency of stand-alone EAD applications.
The Obama administration had given work authorization to specific categories of spouses of H-1B visa holders. So far, over 90,000 H-4 visa holders, a significant majority of whom are Indian-American women, have received work authorization.