May 14, 2014
With the future of immigration reform still up in the air the Obama administration is forging ahead on its own. On May 6th, as part of an ongoing effort to attract and retain highly skilled immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security announced the publication of two proposed rules which would:
  • Extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and
  • Enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States.
Highly-skilled temporary workers often leave the United States because of family concerns, including financial hardship or lost professional opportunities for non-working spouses. The DHS intends for these actions make it easier for businesses to attract and retain valuable H-1B employees. DHS estimates that close to 100,000 spouses of H-1B workers could qualify for work authorization upon implementation of the new regulation.

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