Proposed change would revoke the right of spouses of H-1B visa holders to work

Proposed change would revoke the right of spouses of H-1B visa holders to work

If the current employment authorization for spouses of H-1B holders is terminated, effects will be felt throughout the immigrant worker community in the U.S, particularly for these primarily female holders of H-4 visas.

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USCIS tightens regulations for skilled worker renewal visas

USCIS tightens regulations for skilled worker renewal visas

In a move that is says will “protect the interests of U.S. workers," the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will hold renewal visa H-1B applicants, as well as L-1, TN and 0-1 applicants, to the same standards as first-time visa applicants. This move reverses past policy, implemented in 2004, that allowed visa adjudicators to defer to prior eligibility determinations for visa holders, as long as the petition involved the “same parties and underlying facts as the initial petition.”

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