Starting next month on May 26th, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States will be eligible to seek employment in the United States during their stay. These are the spouses of H-1B visa workers who seek lawful permanent resident status based on employment.
A big reason H-1B workers decide to pull out of their jobs in the US and go to work in other countries with more progressive immigration policies is because their spouses can’t work. This puts both economic and emotional strain on H-1B families. Spouses often come to feel isolated and lonely, and the family is forced to survive on a single income. This is a leading cause for H-1B workers to quit, which puts hardship on the companies that hired them. With this new policy, these burdens will be taken off of H-1B families and the companies that sponsor their visas.
Allowing H-4 spouses to work while their family seeks lawful permanent will also help the family integrate into life in the United States.
This article was written by Rebecca Little