H–1B Visa Holder’s Spouse Could Soon Work Freely In The US Suggests Amendments

The United States Government is thinking of allowing spouse of H–1B visa holder to work freely in the country.

In a clear move to encourage top entrepreneurs of the world, be interested in working on United States soil, the country is likely to come up with several schemes and plans. One of the plans is to offer job to the spouses of H1B visa holders. The US is expected to soon come out with a series of policy initiatives and changes in the existing rules including allowing the spouses of H-1B visas to work in America, reported The Economic Times.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is busy preparing a statement that it will soon publish. The revisions mentioned it the statement will have several proposed rules which will make the country even more attractive to talented foreign entrepreneurs and other highly-skilled immigrants. The current administration feels the foreign talent along with their dependents will contribute substantially to the US economy, create jobs, and enhance American innovative competitiveness.

The H–1B Visas have gained a lot of importance to foreign immigrants looking for work opportunities in the United States. There is a very strict ‘quota’ of the Visas per country and it is usually exhausted within a few hours of being opened for the local residents. H–1B visas allow highly skilled professionals seek professional employment in the country. Other than the tourist or business visa the H–1B visa is the most sought after as it opens up a whole new world of opportunities and lucrative pay packages.

However, those who are dreaming of getting a H–1B visa for themselves and then in extension getting permitted to have their spouse legal rights to work in the US, beware. H-1B visas are unlikely to get a ‘blanket approval’ to work in the US. Only certain category of spouses of H-1B visa holders – mainly from the Science and Tech category – are likely to get the nod.

The Obamacare endeavor which the current Barrack Obama administration is solidly supporting, is in dire need of qualified professionals to take on demanding job positions that are being continually created. The White House also said the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are launching a new collaboration to empower entrepreneurial scientists and address the critical gap between fundamental research and the development of a commercial entity, reported LiveMint.

Despite the euphoria, the total number of H–1B visas won’t exceed 65,000 for the 2015 fiscal year and that means the spouses are now equally important of the visa holders. However, how will this decision affect the US citizens, who themselves are facing some tough times ahead?

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