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US to end work visa for spouses of H-1B visa holders; lawmakers told

This could have quite an impact on the tens of thousands of Indians

One of the contentious issues for Indian wanting to work in United States of America is the H1-B visa.

But the current administration of US President Donald Trump is planning to end allowing spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the US.

This was confirmed by a top federal agency official.

This could have quite an impact on the tens of thousands of Indians.

It is estimated that the move to end the Obama-era rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visas holders, who have work permits.

H-4 is issued to the spouse of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India.

They had obtained work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration.

A former communication is expected to be made later this summer, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Francis Cissna said in a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley.

Of those H-4 spouses with work authorization as of early 2017, a total of 94 per cent were women, and the vast majority, 93 per cent, were from India, while four per cent were from China, it emerged.

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