Over the last year or so, there has been much uncertainty surrounding the United States H-1B foreign worker Visa program. The H-1B Visa program is the largest guest worker program in the US. It
As recently as January 2018, the Department of Homeland Security is considering prevention of H-1B extensions. Not only would this move put at risk the hundreds of
What are the Proposed Changes?
Essentially, the issue comes down to language in the law. H-1B recipients come to the US to work on a three to
This also complicates issues for spouses and families. Presently, a spouse can remain in the US if the H-1B worker is gainfully employed. Proposed changes would require the spouse to leave the US if they, too, do not have gainful employment.
What Are The impacts of This Potential Change?
If the changes were to occur, then upwards of one million H-1B workers might have to leave the US while their Green Card applications are still pending. Many of these guest workers have been waiting for their Green Cards for over a decade. Many of these workers have bought homes and have US citizen children. Making these changes would result in complete and utter chaos.
The current administration is taking a hard stance on immigration, even on legal immigrants in the US. But as things stand right now, you should not worry too much about your status as an H-1B worker. The Department of Homeland Security has made clear that any proposed changes would take time to be implemented. To date, there is no information that any proposed changes are moving forward. That isn’t to say things won’t change; it simply means we are holding steady for now.
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