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

September 27, 2017

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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