H-4 Visa Review Withdrawn

A proposed rule to rescind work authorization for H-4 visa holders has been withdrawn.

On January 25th, 2021, the Biden Administration moved to withdraw the regulation proposed by the Trump Administration titled “Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses from the Class of Aliens Eligible for Employment Authorization” from review by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).

The withdrawal follows a regulatory freeze memo issued by the Biden Administration on January 20, 2021.

There are presently around 100,000 H-4 visa holders – ie spouses of H-1B workers in the Green Card process – in the USA.

The regulation had been pending with the White House Office of Management and Budget since 2019.

As a result of the withdrawal, employers will no longer need to plan for disruption to recruitment or employment permissions for H-4 workers.

The change also aligns the US’ offering to highly skilled overseas workers to that of other countries, where spouses of skilled workers are permitted.

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This article does not constitute direct legal advice and is for informational purposes only.