US To Allow High-Tech Employees’ Spouses to Apply for Work Visa


Published Date : Feb 25, 2015

The US Government announced its plans to allow spouses of high-tech foreign nationals to apply for a work permit. This move comes as the government attempts to simplify processes for families trying to obtain green cards. The regulation for H-1B visas was first initiated in 2014 and finalized by President Barack Obama as a part of his actions of immigrations. The regulation will take effect on May 26, 2015.

Leon Rodriguez, director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated, the handicap of spouses to obtain work or employment has led to several hardships for families to turn those H-1B visas into green cards. The change with this regulation will apply to over 179,000 people in 2016 and 55,000 in coming few years. To many, this comes as great relief. 

Canada and Australia have similar provisions for the spouses of high-skilled workers. This in fact has pressurized the U.S. Government adjust their visa rules taking a note of the fact that waiting for green cards can be more than 10 years in certain cases. The inability to work for spouses leads to an end of an career and increases financial dependency. 

The change is regulation was one of the things considered by Obama as tech companies raised concerns. The government is now trying to lift the cap on H-1B visas to sped up the processes for obtaining green cards. In tandem with the same efforts, The USCIS is also making attempts for materialize other measures.