Spouses of few skilled immigrants to be granted work permit in U.S.

February 25, 2015
US skilled immigrants' spouses to benefit from the new changes in work permit

The Obama administration promulgated on Tuesday that the spouses of some immigrants in U.S. who are highly skilled will be authorized to apply for work. This rule will be published on Wednesday and will require 90 days before it can comes into effect. 

This new change was already on the way much before President Barack Obama’s declaration of executive actions on immigration in November. These were one among the few aspects that the administration was stating as legally permissible without the need for mutual efforts by the Congress.

The above changes will influence certain people having H4 dependent visa which are meant for spouses looking for a permanent residence status based on employment. It is also known as green card. They can now gain benefit of working here while their mates’ applications undergo processing. During the first year, almost 179,000 individuals would be eligible to apply for a job while in the successive years; it will witness 55,000 people annually applying for the same.

The director of USCIS, León Rodríguez said that permitting the spouses of U.S. Visa holders to get authority to work in the country made perfect sense. The announcement comes in the wake of the Congress remaining in a dispute regarding the funds for the Homeland Security Department. However, many are protesting to broaden the funding for the agency. 

The good news is that these vital steps will help in fixing elements of the immigration system. This time, it is permitting the spouses of certain skilled workers to use their talents, education and training in order to work in the country which they call home.

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