Trump stikes again! Proposes to end rule allowing spouses of H-1B holders to work in U.S.

By CNN

Donald Trump

(CNN) – The Trump administration will propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of immigrant workers eligible to work while in the U.S., potentially complicating a major driver of technology jobs.

Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the U.S. on H-4 dependent visas, under a rule introduced by President Obama’s administration. The tech sector is a major employer of H-1B visa holders, a category of visas for highly skilled jobs.

But in a statement Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security said it intends to do away with that rule.

The department didn’t explain its reasons in the announcement, saying only it was acting “in light of” the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that President Trump signed in April. The formal process to rescind the rule will still need to be initiated at a later date.

While changing the rule wouldn’t prevent spouses of H-1B holders from pursuing other avenues for work authorization, it could deter a number of high-skilled immigrants from staying in the U.S. if their spouses can’t easily find work.

The order also called for the H-1B visa program for skilled workers to be reviewed with the aim of reforming it.

As well as dropping the rule allowing spouses to work, the Department of Homeland Security statement mentioned plans for other changes to the H-1B visa program. They include revising the definition of what occupations are eligible for the program “to increase focus on truly obtaining the best and brightest foreign nationals.” That would be a standard potentially far above what is currently understood under the law.

The Obama-era rule allowing spouses to work already faces a legal challenge. A group called Save Jobs USA filed a lawsuit in April 2015 arguing that it threatens American jobs.

It has continued to press the case following Trump’s election, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said in the past that the H-4 rule “hurts American workers.”

The Trump administration’s plans to overhaul the H-1B program has caused particular alarm in India, which accounts for 70% of all H-1B workers.

The H-1B is a common visa route for highly skilled foreigners to find work at companies in the U.S. It’s valid for three years, and can be renewed for another three years.

It’s a program that’s particularly popular in the tech community, with many engineers vying for one of the program’s 85,000 visas each year.

In October, the government said it was toughening up the process for renewing the visa. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services instructed its officers to review requests for renewal as thoroughly as they would initial visa applications.

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12 comments

  1. You foolish Looshans are so hopelessly at sea when it comes to borbolist local politics. Now take this and multiply it by a factor of 10. This is the USA.

    This time billionaires are pulling the strings and worker-ants are working to make them make more millions by the minute, whilst they paying for the taxes those billionaire vultures are not paying for their own selves. "The American dream" they call this. The rest of the population is just too happy to continue to vote for this.

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  2. This whole now white America is so noir. To steal America from the indigenous population the white settlers committed tons of crimes easily described as crimes against humanity. Remember how they destroyed the indians food sources so that they died of hunger. Now in their attempt to survive and keep the country white they are on the same road. Talking about losing all your moral authority in an attempt to solve americas social problems. All thanks to this small hands incompetent savage. Ha..ha ha....ha!

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  3. This whole now white America is so noir. To steal America from the indigenous population the white settlers committed tons of crimes easily described as crimes against humanity. Now in their attempt to survive and keep the country white they are on the same road. All thanks to this small hands incompetent savage. Ha..ha ha....ha!

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  4. Shut your face people trying to survive who care even if it wasn't America and was another country we would still go mk babies and work because his administration along with other world leaders that have us poor and suffering so we always on the hunt for their money which they made damn sure is higher than all black countries..coon you must be white..well guess what !! Wherever it is we going for it and tell trump kiss our behind cause when one door is closed many more are open the world is not his.. Fool!

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    • Just another ignoramus airhead behind a computer. Knows not the difference between bull cow and bull foot. Must be from the deep country.

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  5. AMERICA FOR AMERICANS

    I LOVE IT TOO MANY JOBS GOING TO FOREIGNERS PUT AMERICANS FIRST AND TOO MANY COMPANIES EXPATRIATING INVESTMENTS ABROAD YET THE AMERICAN ECONOMY IS DECLINING..ABOUT TIME AMERICA TAKE CONTROL OF ITS BORDERS WIRDS TO THE BABY BOOMERS RUNNING TO AMERICA TO HAVE KIDS YOU NO LONGER WELCOME ITS SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS FOR YOU AND YOUR BAGGAGE #NO MORE FREE CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH NO MORE FREE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY ITS OVER GO HOME

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    • I am sure you are an american expatriate working some where in the Caribbean, with all the foolish and selfserving comments coming from people like you, I could simply click on 👎 and move on but by doing so I would fail in my duty to remind suckers like you that Amarica was build by immigrants and all so ma I remind you that Americans to date is the largest group that is working around the world and enjoy better living conditions and great pay and all kind of allowances than the locals in those Countries.

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  6. Chas will followbl.cause trump is his mentor

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    • Did you understand what is being said

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    • Shut up your mouth blue vex. Everything is chasnet let the man do his job. The man need time to think so he can fix the former prime minister's mistake and make St Lucia a better country. And by the way you cannot read they spoke about trump, the never spoke of chasnet.

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    • And what exactly will be wrong with it?
      you would sing a different song if foreigners would come to your country and have jobs you and your family could have but dont, especially because they accept lower pay. you wouldnt and americans shouldnt.
      my thing is, these nationals can stay in their country to develop it, but they sadly buy into this fake american dream, the slavery dream.lol

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