San Francisco Chronicle: Spouses of H-1B visa holders left waiting to hear on work fate

IRLI In The News

September 27, 2017

By Trisha Thadani

Spouses of H-1B visa holders remained in flux Wednesday as the Department of Homeland Security asked again for more time to consider a lawsuit challenging these foreigners’ right to work in the U.S.

The delay is the latest development in a case that has been pending since 2015, when President Barack Obama created a work authorization for these spouses who come to the U.S. on an H-4 visa. Before its creation — which the plaintiffs in the case are challenging — H-4 visa holders were not allowed to hold a job or get issued a Social Security number.

Obama created the work permit in 2015 for H-4 visa holders whose spouses were in the process of getting a green card. Before they were allowed to work, some of the visa holders — most of them women — went back to school, volunteered or raised children. Others found themselves stuck at home with little to do while their spouses went to work. … Read the full story by Trisha Thadani.

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