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Proposed changes may impact employment immigration

Many people from other countries come to California and other parts of the United States in order to work. Though employment immigration is complex, many immigrants obtain the ability to work in their desired fields after obtaining the proper work visas. Commonly, these workers bring their families to the United States, or they follow soon after.

Though spouses of work visa holders often obtain a special visa of their own and try to build a life in this country, they can face difficulties. In fact, it was recently reported that spouses of immigrants who hold the H-1B work visa may no longer have the ability to work in the United States. Three years ago, individuals who held the H-4 EAD visa were given the ability to work, but proposed changes to that rule are now in the works.

If the change goes into effect and prevents spouses of work visa holders from holding employment, approximately 105,000 families may be impacted. This proposed change reportedly relates to the presidential administration's "Buy American, Hire American" initiative, which also includes reviewing the work visa process. It was unclear when a decision regarding this modification could take place.

The various areas of immigration law, including employment immigration, are complex. If California workers are worried about how their work visas and immigration statuses could be impacted, they may wish to gain more information about their particular circumstances. Consulting with knowledgeable immigration attorneys could help concerned parties understand possible changes, their rights as immigrants and how to address any legal issues they are facing in relation to their immigration status.

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