“California representatives sign letter backing work permits for H-1B spouses”

San Francisco Chronicle

“More than a quarter of California’s members of Congress have sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the agency not to go forward with its plans to revoke work eligibility for spouses of H-1B visa holders.

“The letter…is aimed at stopping the Trump administration’s efforts to roll back an Obama-era rule that created work permits for these spouses, who come to the U.S. on an H-4 visa. Before the rule was enacted in 2015, these spouses were unable to hold a job or Social Security number as they waited for their green cards — a process that can take years for foreigners from countries like India and China.

“This is one of the few public statements made in support of the H-4 work authorization since the Trump administration began working on plans to do away with the work permits.

“The signatories include Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto, Zoe Lofgren of San Jose and Ro Khanna of Fremont. They wrote that rescinding employment authorization for spouses of H-1B holders would remove an important incentive for highly skilled immigrants to stay in the U.S. — or come here in the first place.

“…A delegation of Massachusetts representatives sent a similar letter to the department in January.”

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