On May 12, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a rule to amend current regulations so that certain spouses of temporary H-1B specialty occupation workers may work in the U.S. USCIS does not now extend work authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B workers. The purpose of the rule is to entice foreign professionals to remain in the U.S. pending lengthy waits to obtain green cards. A brief review of the H-1B temporary worker program and the green card process will provide useful background to understand the significance and potential controversy surrounding this proposed rule.
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