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H-4 Visa Review Withdrawn

By Nita Nicole Upadhye

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H-4 Visa Review Withdrawn

A proposed rule to rescind work authorization for H-4 visa holders has been withdrawn.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

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Founder & Principal Attorney Nita Nicole Upadhye is a recognized leader in the field of US business immigration law (AILA) and trusted adviser to large corporates through to SMEs, providing strategic immigration and global mobility advice to support employers with both US and UK operations to meet their workforce needs through corporate immigration.

Nita successfully acts for corporations and professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, actors, and athletes from across the globe, providing expert guidance on all aspects of US visa and nationality applications, and talent mobility to the USA.

Nita is an active public speaker, thought leader, immigration commentator, and immigration policy contributor and regularly hosts training sessions for employers and HR professionals

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