The decision regarding the termination of work authorization of H-4 visa holders will not be sealed until the process of rule making has been completed, a senior American official said .
The Trump administration is planning to revoke a rule that makes spouses of thousands of immigrant workers eligible to work while in the US, a move that could have a devastating impact on tens of thousands of Indians.
The USCIS is focused on ensuring the integrity of the immigration system, Smith added. The agency also aims to protect the interests of the workers of the United States and will continue to be committed to improve the employment-based immigration programs so that they help benefit the American people to the full extent, he said.
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. 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.