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Significant revisions are coming to H-1B – Spouses will no longer be included


The Trump Administration is looking into revoking the automatic ability of spouses of H-1B workers to automatically be qualified to work. According to a CNN article:

“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.”

This is worth watching. When H-1B holders know that their spouses automatically get a work visa, they have even more incentive to work under H-1B. The spousal jobs might or might not be tech related. However, the impact is that revoking the rule will provide a disincentive to H-1B workers.

For US citizens, this could mean an increased availability of jobs at least in the short term.  There is a possibility that the companies might move their operations totally offshore.

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