End Of Spouse Work Authorization Could Drive Away H-1Bs

Andrea Szew was quoted today in Law 360’s article “End of Spouse Work Authorization Could Drive Away H-1Bs” written by Nicole Narea, Senior Immigration Reporter for Law 360

“Andrea Szew, owner and managing attorney of the Szew Law Group, said the U.S. may become less attractive to current and prospective H-1B holders who would be the sole breadwinners if their spouses are not able to work under a dependent H-4 visa. And that would have a “huge negative impact for the H-1B community and corporate America,” she said.

“The reality is that corporate America would not be going through all this pain, suffering, money, time and aggravation of hiring foreign nationals through the H-1B program if they didn’t need them,” she said. “Now, by taking away this extra carrot of having the H-4s be able to work, it’s one more thing that makes it that much harder and is discouraging to the H-1B applicant pool, too.””

Szew said she is also encouraging her clients to move forward with applying for work authorization, as well as looking for other visa options. The primary H-1B holder might be eligible to adjust status to a different kind of visa that does allow spouses to work, including L visas for intracompany transfers and E-3 visas for Australians.

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