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EAD cards for H4 visa holders: USCIS needs to give it to all of them

Remove country caps on EB2, EB3 Green Card aspirants.

By Sujeet Rajan

Sujeet RajanWASHINGTON, DC: It’s heartening that in all the imbroglio and limbo over illegal immigration, the US government finally took action after years to help legal immigrants, who form the real backbone of this country: it’s done the right thing by granting work permits, EAD cards, to H4 visa holders, beginning late summer of this year.

Read the story on EAD cards to be issued to H4 visa holders, effective May 26, 2015: #/2015/02/24/h-4-visa-holders-can-apply-for-ead-cards-beginning-may-26-2015/

It’s apparent that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) know the value of extending these work permits to H4 visa holders. Most of the H4 visa holders are educated, qualified and skilled workers who have been languishing in this country without being allowed to work, for no fault of theirs.

Their only fault, or even negligence, as some may call it harshly: left blossoming careers in their home country or aspirations for higher studies, to get married to somebody settled in the US, who has a good job, but doesn’t have a Green Card.

Here’s what the Director of the USCIS León Rodríguez acknowledged today about H4 visa holders: “Allowing the spouses of these visa holders to legally work in the United States makes perfect sense. It helps U.S. businesses keep their highly skilled workers by increasing the chances these workers will choose to stay in this country during the transition from temporary workers to permanent residents. It also provides more economic stability and better quality of life for the affected families.”

The USCIS also made it clear that they very well know the unfairness of it all over the years by not giving EAD cards to H4 visa holders, and how much this act of giving the cards finally will help highly skilled workers, on H-1B visas, and their families, who contribute a lot to the US economy, and make it a dominant force globally:

“DHS expects this change will reduce the economic burdens and personal stresses H-1B nonimmigrants and their families may experience during the transition from nonimmigrant to lawful permanent resident status, and facilitate their integration into American society. As such, the change should reduce certain disincentives that currently lead H-1B nonimmigrants to abandon efforts to remain in the United States while seeking lawful permanent residence, which will minimize disruptions to U.S. businesses employing them. The change should also support the U.S. economy because the contributions H-1B nonimmigrants make to entrepreneurship and science help promote economic growth and job creation. The rule also will bring U.S. immigration policies more in line with those laws of other countries that compete to attract similar highly skilled workers.”

The question to be asked is why did it take so long for the US government to do the right thing?

But here’s the thing: they have finally done it, and perhaps, this is just the catalyst that was required for further proactive action this year, on the legal immigration front, especially on removing the blockage for Green Cards for applicants from India, who are in EB2 and EB3 status. That action, on removing the country caps, should be the priority for advocates and activists of legal immigration. If that happens, it would go a long way in fixing the broken immigration system, on the legal immigration front.

Also, it’s important that the USCIS make further reforms and give EAD cards to all H4 visa holders, and not just a select few. Right now as it stands, only spouses of those H1B visa holders who have been here for more than six years and got extensions to stay on and work legally, or those who are in advanced stage of their Green Card applications, are eligible for work permits.

But what about those H4 visa holders who are new immigrants, are perhaps brilliant engineers and software programmers, teachers and academics, crave to get back to work? It’s now doubly unfair that they have to see a friend of their, also on a H4 visa, going to work, while they beat their heads against the wall.

The USCIS needs to understand that this is a human rights issue, that by denying work permits to certain H4 visa holders, it creates tremendous turbulence in their lives, wrecks marriages sometimes, puts financial pressure on families as they grow and extend their roots in the country.

And often times, by making H4 visa holders wait for six years or more to receive their Green Cards, they often lose their edge in the professions they had once worked in, or aspired to join. They need training to get back into cutting-edge industries, may not be prepared for the big day. Some may not be competent anymore, so the work permits may be useless.

At least, the USCIS needs to look into giving work permits to H4 visa holders who have been in the country for at least three years. That way, it would give new immigrants on that visa, a chance to even go in for some advanced studies in US colleges and universities to hone their skills and get further academic skills under their belt. They would be assured that they are preparing for a career down the road.

But kudos to the USCIS for finally taking a big, positive step in the right direction. Hope they keep it going.

And hope legislators on Capitol Hill see this, and take action to make further inroads to help skilled immigrants. After all, it helps the US economy too.

(Sujeet Rajan is the Editor-in-Chief of The American Bazaar)

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90 Comments

  1. Guest
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    Hi. Thanks for the wonderful news! Following the EAD approval for some
    of the H4 visa holders, I was wondering if the EAD rule is likely to
    get approved for other H4 visa holders, who fall within the first
    six-year period or do not have an approved Form I-140. Could someone
    tell me what are the chances like?

    • anom
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      zero

      • ss
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        lol

    • zam zam cola
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      My dear friend don’t feel sorry i can understand your predicament. When 180000 H4 would be getting EAD and 55000 annually, I am sure people would forget H1B which is just 85000.
      I am sure USCIS is going to tighten 140 approvals now. Very few 140 would be approved.

  2. Pamela
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    The heck with American workers. This is treason. Allowing foreign nationals have jobs in our America, before our American children, and American grandchildren. But, if an American war breaks out, they send our American kids to the slaughter.

    This is TREASON. We do not need more people in our country. We need every American job to go to our fellow American countrymen, and American children.

    This is going to backfire, against the filthy rich low-life billionaires like Anti-American Bigot Mark Zuckerburgs of the world.

    • as
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      you are so filled with hatred. god bless you

    • as
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      you are filled with so much hate:( god bless you

    • jbts71
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      no one is stopping american children and grandchildren from getting jobs .. get a high degree education and get the jobs all immigrants are taking away as you claim. . . i m sure they will get all the jobs they want.

      Mark Zuckerburgs have to hire immigrants only because the local population isn’t as skilled to do the work that he needs to get done .. He is a businessman .and in a capitalist country .. and he hires people who can make money for him . Simple .. nothing bigotry in this .

      Lastly .. trace you family tree .. and see if you have any native american lineage. .. if you dont then .. i dont think you qualify to call your self NOT an Immigrant.

      • Freedom1958
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        I found an error in your post:
        Mark Zuckerburgs have to hire immigrants only because the local
        population isn’t as cheap to hire to do the work that he needs to get done .
        There! I fixed it for you…

        • jbts71
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          Well by cheap you mean local population isnt cheap to hire to work for $125,000 a year instead of $130,000 ? But choose to remain unemployed instead .. Seriously ? ? Thats the average salary of a high skill employee at Facebook FYI .. in case you aren’t aware. . I am sure any of the local population will be happy to settle down for 125k / year. . . . But that’s not happening now is it ? .. Hence my argument as to the local people aren’t as skilled .. …

          • Freedom1958
             / 

            I think it’s time you renamed this e-rag to The American Bizarre.
            It would better fit your most dedicated readers.

          • jbts71
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            why are you commenting here then ? .. you dont have any rational explanation or facts straight to why you are opposing this article. . neither have you refuted what i have commented above.. . So do you still think that americans are giving up 125k a year and choosing unemployment , because they dont want to work for cheap ?? ?

          • Freedom1958
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            When people like you toss out fantasy wages as if the average H-1B made that much, it does border on the bizarre. Want some real numbers? Check out this link:
            http://www.cis.org/PayScale-H1BWages
            Some H-1B’s, working in the most expensive areas of the country, do indeed make $120k+. Most, however, make $60k and below, and are forced to work long hours under the threat of being sent back home if they don’t– never mind the Desi middle-managers who extort a cut out of each paycheck.
            At the very least, please get your facts right, instead of throwing out HUGH numbers that you read about somewhere on the internet. (Probably from someone recruiting H-1Bs)
            The reality is not the dream.

          • jbts71
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            I was specifically talking about wages in companies like facebook . .due to the zuckerburg reference. .

            You are completely right with regards to the desi middle managers .. these middle managers are a nuisance to the job industry .. Some thing should be done to fix that ..No disagreement there. . However just to add to that. . its not always that they are desi .. . I have personal experience working with an all american caucasian middle manager working for an american bodyshopping company was way worse than a desi middle manager that i came across .. just my personal experience . .may vary ..

            But the whole point i am trying to make is that. I managed get out of these cheap middle men .. by enhancing my skill set and getting a job where i dont have to depend on these crooks. . .So even the americans as you put it. . .can improve their skill set and do the same. . the only way out is not to depend on these crooks and make them flourish . .

          • nc
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            So true…… there may be 10% h1b holders that US really needs all other 90% are doing bogus jobs in IT sector with 2 to 4 vendors in middle. And guess what american company do give $150+ salary to these bastards but because of their Indian consulting firms and middle bodyshop vendors…. the actual salary an average H1b holder gets is 60 to 80k. This is the reality…..!

          • jbts71
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            To the consulting firms and middle bodyshop vendors .. ripping everyone off . .I am in agreement with you. . 100% . .

            I disagree to your point … that US only needs 10% h1b holders. . . Lemme give you an eg. . I work in an American owned tech company (NOT in the IT sector) with 20k employees in the US. . in this .. only 10% are employed through these bodyshop vendors. .rest 90% are direct employees of the company .. . Among these full time employees.. .there are around 60% indians. . 25% east asian and just 15% american employees. . . Now why do you think this is the state of demographics ?

            Since they are paying all these 90% directly and comparable wages. . why do you think they still end up hiring so few americans ?

            Hence your argument that only 10% h1b’s are needed is ridiculous. . You are just ignoring the basic fact that the american people aren’t even as educated to perform the job in my company . . .. even to do the bogus job in IT companies as you put it above .. which pays 60k .. .
            I can guarantee you any american would take a bogus job with 60k rather than stay unemployed .. but sadly they dont have the ability to perform the duties of this bogus job. . . THIS IS THE REALITY !!! .

          • nc
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            Another fact I am sharing…… actual average engineer makes hardly 5000 Indian Rupees (<100) salary in India once they passout from some average engineering schools! They may get more in Computer Science field but may be starting salary for a graduate will be 20,000 Rupees ((~400).Now the same person comes to US and study then work on H1b and gets $5000 on average…………. and still complains! Seriously people you have no right to demand anything here. Get satisfied with whatever u r getting otherwise get out of USA.

          • jbts71
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            So basically you are in support of exploitation of immigrants to work below standard wages .. only because the salary that they would get in india is $400 ? ? and just because you Americans cant compete on the skill sets .. you are all for exploitation of immigrants to force them out of US ? ??

            Please check out the stats here for the current state of american work force . .and their education level . ..

            In 2008, 4 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in engineering, compared with 31 percent in China.
            Of the 15 Major Study categories, engineering has the highest median earnings, yet less than 20% of students choose a STEM path.
            https://www.nms.org/AboutNMSI/TheSTEMCrisis/STEMEducationStatistics.aspx

            With this state of American population. what else do you expect ? . No wonder immigrants are taking over everything ..

            America has lost almost all of its manufacturing base …. most of the things you buy are made in china / india .. even africa. ..

            Times are changing .. so. get off your high horse .. accept the reality and get working .. good luck .

          • Alice Blue
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            America has ALWAYS turned out more citizen STEM grads than it has jobs for. There was never any shortage to justify opening up our labor market to the rest of the world.

          • shijocj
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            Then why companies take H1b contractors at 140k to 180k /per yr if they can get a permanent employ for 120k? You think they prefer to pay more for a visa contractor if they can find a citizen? Ofcourse the H1b holder never get this amt since there will be intermediary who take major cut.

          • jbts71
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            And this is based on study done by… Fox News ? The GOP ? ..

          • shijocj
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            Words said ! It doesn’t matter you are a citizen or immigrant or temporary worker …Stop you kids from running around while they are studying and then they can have a good future.. Its your responsibility for them and because your parents didn’t care for your education so you are complaining now… stop complaining about immigrants and try to get competitive…

          • Alice Blue
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            No need to respond to a bogus “explanation” like yours.

          • jbts71
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            Not a problem .. But still i m sure you are going to B***H all over the internet over immigration .. lol

        • Guest
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          By cheap to hire you mean they are not ready to work for 125k instead of 130k / year ? . . . I think the local population would be more than happy to work in the tech sector if they have the right skills .. . hence my argument that its the lack of skills which is why zuckerburgs have to hire immigrants. .

        • Guest
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          By cheap to hire you mean they are not ready to work in the high paying tech sector ? ? but choose unemployment instead ? seriously ? ? . I think the local population would be more than happy to work if they have the right skills .. . hence my argument that its the lack of skills which is why Zuckerburgs have to hire immigrants. .

        • Aryan Ralston
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          I don’t think 125K average salary in facebook is cheap. You are stupid if you don’t know that.

          • Freedom1958
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            But you are even dumber if you think your average H-1b will wind up getting a job at Facebook!
            Facebook only hired 653 H-1Bs in FY 2014. Looking at the company’s previous history, it is likely that only a fraction of those will be sponsored for green cards.
            There were a total of 85,000 slots available, counting people with a Master’s and above, so FB hired less than 0.8% of them.
            Your average H-1B will wind up working for a bodyshop, making way less than that, and will never have a shot for a green card.

          • KKK Destroyer
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            And you are the dumbest when you say all H1Bs need to be cancelled. You guys are running helter skelter with excuses while the government is slowly expanding the visas and greencards. Good luck. You will be shown capitalism at its most prime!

      • Alice Blue
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        We are not immigrants because we have no homeland to return to if America doesn’t work out for us. And you are not immigrants, you are burglars who are using a legal loophole to rob us blind.

        • jbts71
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          You should tell this to your great / grandparents who came here and robbed the native americans blind . of their entire country .(I hope i need not tell you about all the crimes westerners did over native americans when they came here ).. and you are the one to talk. . .. and has given you this opportunity to make this argument …. If you are a native american i will support your argument 100% .. . if not . you are just like us. . with a US citizenship at the moment. .. Your ancestors came here for one and only one reason .. to make their lives better … .did they give a s*** about how they would be displacing the lives of native americans ?? and same is the case with all the immigrants coming to US now.. . ..The british / scottish came in the 1700’s .. . Germans -1850;s Japanese -1900-s , 1930s – Italians .. 1950 – koreans ../ Vietnamese . 1980’s – Chinese 2000s – Indians. . . So find where you fall in this migration wave .. and deal with it. .

          Your grandparents had a homeland to return to but they chose to let it go .. it was by choice. . no one forced you .. .so stop crying over the internet. .

          http://www.preceden.com/timelines/29989-waves-of-immigration-in-america

          • Alice Blue
             / 

            What do you have to say to the marginalized, impoverished tribal groups of India who were pushed aside by the dominant castes? Your attitude alone makes you a detriment to America not a benefit.

          • jbts71
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            I will say that its absolutely wrong whats going on in India.. I am with you on that . .. Also India isnt the only country where people are being marginalized.. . . there are several states in the US itself where homosexuals are being marginalized. . school kids / people being gunned down .. what do you call that ? You all preach the world about equality & peace ..but dont apply at your home. .

            . What attitude are you talking about. .I am not the one crying over making excuses of getting robbed and having no homeland. .. to shadow the reality of lazy A** people like you and your total incompetence in today’s industry .. Thats the attitude which has screwed u all .. Thats the real reason why america is about to be taken over by china in total GDP in next few years.. . By 2050 minorities are going to be over 50% of the US population ..

            http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/11/07/a-milestone-en-route-to-a-majority-minority-nation/

            … I see you are all over the internet B****G and crying over immigrants taking over ur jobs.. immigrants are going to continue coming here . .. …no matter how much hatred u spread. .or how much u B*** .. .u cant stop it . So accept it and move on.

      • Captainbullfrog
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        The H1B visa is to fill positions where they cannot find a qualified worker. The Indian bodyshops have maligned and abused the visa program for profiteering. By your logic, if there is an Indian worker in a position where an American worker becomes available, the position should be vacated immediately by the H1B holder and the American takes over the job. There is PLENTY of skilled labor in the US. We created the IT sector, the PC, the internet, etc. Dont be mistaken. Lastly, the H1B visa is NOT an immigration visa. It is for temp workers. And knock it off with the silly native immigrant arguments. It makes you look desperate.

        • Aryan Ralston
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          Out of the two of us, immigrants vs residents, one is fighting for his/her jobs. And I am sure that is not the immigrants. You are correct, someone is desparate though!

        • jbts71
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          The Native immigrant arguments are historically verifiable facts .. You can search the whole damn internet that YOU invented. . . .. ask your mom or grandparents if they were desperate when they came to US ..and their reason to come to US ? ? . Its simple economics. . .right from the beginning of time. . people go where they can make profit and make their lives better .. . its a selfish thing to do . but thats human nature. . . >Thats why the british ruled over the world for centuries and ruled over the US too .. ..etc.. .

          Only thing i m in agreement with you is the bodyshops who do abuse the visas .. But thats one side of the coin . .the other side is that american companies are the ones who hire them .. so If you americans have such ethical and moral high grounds. . .I would expect american businessmen not to use these bodyshops to hire people and instead pay more and hire directly .. . But you guys although you dont want to work cheap .. you do want to buy cheap nevertheless. so you hire these bodyshops ..

          If there are plenty of skilled labor in the US . .what are they doing sitting on their *** unemployed ? .. There are only 2 things that can happen here. . either they are not as skilled as in immigrant to get the job .. or they are expecting 100k instead of offered 60k .. . But no sane SKILLED american labor would give up 60K and be unemployed rather than get a 60k job to start with and then figure out how to screw the bodyshop vendor . ?

          So the only conclusion we can draw is that there are no SKILLED labor left to hire in the US and hence the immigrants.

          Just to clarify one more thing. . by law. H1b is a temporary work visa where the holder can have immigration intent .. Get ur facts right – Page 11 below.

          http://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/About%20Us/Electronic%20Reading%20Room/Customer%20Service%20Reference%20Guide/Nonimmigrant_Empl.pdf

          You did create the IT sector / pc and internet. . I am not mistaken at all . However where you were mistaken is when you put all this stuff into books from which the rest of the world can read and learn .. while you all were eating hot dogs and watching TV .. . and then come to US and take all the jobs.. .

          As Aryan says .. You are the one getting agitated over this work permit and having sleepless nights over immigrants taking your jobs./ etc.. . who’s the desperate one here. ? 🙂

          • Captainbullfrog
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            I’m hardly desperate. you keep me employed as I’m the one they call in to fix your project disasters. You guys are abusing the program. period. What nationality has the highest immigration rate in the last 10 years? Do the math. If you were so brilliant you wouldn’t be exploiting other countries. The Germans aren’t flooding in here.

          • jbts71
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            Yes india has the highest rate in last 10 years . .Same as chinese being the dominant immigrants in the 80’s / vietnameas in the 70;s and germans in the 50;s .. this isn’t something new. .. today its indians. .in 20 years it might be people from nigeria. . whats the big deal. . ?

            We are flooding here for the same reason all these communities including your ancestors did in the past. .. Its so simple. . no complex math involved.. are you so dumb to understand such a simple thing ?

            Also if you aren’t desperate. .why u bi**g over the internet over lost. jobs ? . .be happy .. keep fixing the project disasters / good for u .

            Its human to be insecured when times change. .. wen the europeans came. . they F***d the native americans. .. i m sure they must have reacted like you are.. ;now. . just go with the flow. here are some stats for 2050

            http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/11/07/a-milestone-en-route-to-a-majority-minority-nation/

            ENJOY !! 🙂

    • YedlaGPC
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      Well your concerns are heard but hope you are aware of the fact that your ancestors were new immigrant too at one point and unless this country gave you path to live, you would have not been in this place where you are and off course not claiming as mentioned in the above said comments. !! Hope every one get fair chance to contribute to this economy and please don’t make harsh statements.

    • Prithvi Sridhar
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      Did someone tell you that your own ancestors were immigrants? You’re filled with hatred and filth. Get your kids do some decent studies before complaining about lack of job opportunities

      • Captainbullfrog
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        Decent studies? Like fake resumes? And fake degrees? Sit back down and stop being mouthy.

        • Aryan Ralston
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          Eating a bag of jobs and watching Vietnam war movies while your IT skills are way out of date?? Rel da f ax.

          • Captainbullfrog
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            LOL I’m your cleanup crew. The VAST majority of temporary H1Bs are unqualified. Its common industry knowledge. You guys are being exploited and you buy it hook line and sinker.

          • jbts71
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            the median income of americans is $49000 .. . median income of indians is $88000 . . if thats exploitation . .i say bring it on baby !!!

          • KKK Destroyer
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            One of us is going to get cleaned up. I doubt its the immigrants. Good luck having money for that flight ticket back to wherever the f you came from.

        • jbts71
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          H1b doesn’t guarantee a job. . the onus falls on the hiring employer to make sure the person is capable of the job duties. .. I can make a fake resume saying i am better than aaron rodgers.. will i get picked in the team ? NO. . . . .I am not defending the people who are making these fake resumes. . Just saying it says as much about the employers capabilities as the person faking the resume … Have you ever heard person with fake resume getitng into google ? or facebook ? . . NO . you can make any number of excuses .. but the bottom line is that americans aren’t able to compete . .and american employers need people and apparently the people with fake degrees are also better than americans on the job . .. thats the truth.

          • Captainbullfrog
             / 

            LOL you go ahead and keep your head in the sand. Indians are cheaper, not more skilled or capable of doing a better job. That may be with they are trying to fill your head with but India has provided exactly nothing to the IT sector. No operating system. No Database Framework. No graphics suite. Why? Because you CAN’T. You’ve been doing your best to cheat your way into american jobs for the last 10 years, and if you could have created something, you would have already. Understand you are inexpensive temp labor and get on with it. Association does not equal expertise in the rest of the world.

          • jbts71
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            Around 15% of the startups in silicon valley are by indians.. .

            http://www.businessinsider.com/the-top-indians-in-tech-2014-3

            According to this study .. everyone is cheating and screwing you guys. . not just indians .. I guess its not bad being inexpensive temp labor 🙂 .. rather be a temp labor and rich than uneducated and unemployed !!!

            Median income of americans – $49,000 ,
            Indians – $88,000
            Filipino -$75,000
            Japanese / Chinese – $65000
            Vietnamese – $53000
            Korean – $50000

            http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-number/asian-americans-lead-all-others-in-household-income/

            College education
            Americans – 28%
            Indians – 70%
            US Asians – 49%

            http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/30/5-facts-about-indian-americans/

            In 2008, 4 percent of U.S. bachelor’s degrees were awarded in engineering, compared with 31 percent in China.
            Of the 15 Major Study categories, engineering has the highest median earnings, yet less than 20% of students choose a STEM path.

            https://www.nms.org/AboutNMSI/TheSTEMCrisis/STEMEducationStatistics.aspx

            So not bad for people who have their heads in the sand huh ??

          • KKK Destroyer
             / 

            Yeah, keep thinking like that. The best thing that the immigrants can do for you is to say yes and make you fail to see the light. That way you will never get what you wanted.

      • Moder Chod
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        oh, that stupid argument again. Don’t you have your own country,why can’t you put the effort into fixing that first ?

        • KKK Destroyer
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          You go and fix it behen chod. Your skills are not needed here.

      • zam zam cola
         /  Reply

        That is some arrogant south indian teaching people of US rules. When hand is given they sit on head.

    • zam zam cola
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      I fully agree with you. I can see what is coming now.
      1. Companies like Infosys, TCS, Wipro, HCL would be having a good laugh today.
      2. Flight load of ladies from south india are waiting in hoardes to take benefit of this chance.
      3. Companies like those stated above are already gaming the green card process by filing in bulk which makes getting 140 is peace of cake. Then ladies can marry these 140 holders get EAD and run down job market.
      4. It has never been easy for ladies, otherwise they would have to wait for years to get GC in EB3 for themselves. Now they can ride piggy back on a 140 holder and run with EAD.
      5. H4 holders could easily study, there was no restriction on going to school but now USCIS has given a channel for mass exodus from all over the world, particularly from India.
      6. Poor students who come here for study wait for years dont get any such benefits but ladies on H4 are new gold diggars.

      • DKG
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        You are 100% correct.

    • nugget7942
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      You are stupid, your own family tree is built out of immigrants, some of the foreign nationals are smarter than you and don’t necessarily hope that Americans die. If we dont do anything to you, you shouldn’t even talk, foreign nationals infact are helping this country grow with money and power, if we were not there america would be like nothing.

    • Aryan Ralston
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      That would be short sighted thinking. It would also pull America out of the super power race. We want hard working people and talented people who are willing to work. This country has been running on this principle since its inception.

      The minute you jobless americans understand that, the better off you are. There will be more immigration rules passed to allow more people to come and work here in the future just like this one. Please be prepared and more competitive!

    • Aryan Ralston
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      That would be short sighted thinking. It would also pull America out of the super power race. We want hard working people and talented people who are willing to work. This country has been running on this principle since its inception.

      The minute you jobless americans understand that, the better off you are. There will be more immigration rules passed to allow more people to come and work here in the future just like this one. Please be prepared and more competitive!

      • Captainbullfrog
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        Look at the foreigners preaching to the american citizens. Because we desperately need their help. Not that we have been doing fine on our own for the last couple hundred of years. Getting by with fake degrees and doctored resumes is not being competitive. The majority of Americans don’t want expanded immigration, and a Texas judge supports it. Check the news.

        • jbts71
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          the texas judge injunction does not cover any programs of fixing “legal immigration system,” particularly employment-based immigration system .. its only for the illegal immigrants .. read the news !!! yea u were doing just fine. .. but now apparently ur not. . nothing u can do about it ..can u ? .deal with it .

        • KKK Destroyer
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          One texas judge supporting it. Some one is gonna be taught for sure how to work post 2008. And I am sure it is not the immigrants.

  3. jbts71
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    I dont agree with you on the point that the H4 EAD should be given to spouses of all H1B immigrants …I think what they have done right now is perfect. with giving EAD’s to only those who have shown commitment in permanently settling here in the US (buying house / investing in the US etc)… Giving out EAD;s to all H4’s will only encourage people coming to the US temporarily (this includes people from offshore IT companies ) and who dont want to make commitments in the US (buying house etc and send all the earned wealth back home. . That doesn’t help the US economy at all. . .US needs immigrants who are willing to be here for long and who want to be part of the american society not the ones who just come here to earn money and send all the capital home..

    • zam zam cola
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      You seem to have some grave misconceptions. Initiation fo GC itself is a proof that the person is willing to make long term commitment.Its a different thing that it takes so long that person thinks twice. You dont have to buy house in US to show USCIS or govt about your plans. People postpone their plans because the process is slow and they are now sure when that will end. Many people having waited for 15 or more years have sold their homes and left US shores.
      Also another point of yours needs some correction and that is about people from offshore IT companies. By my calculation these offshore IT companies would be more happy today. These companies are filing more GC in US than H1Bs. Getting 140 is not a big deal for these companies. Cognizant files in thoushands.
      Now wives of these people would come from India( some of these ladies would be working for these IT companies in India) and run away with EAD.
      Worst days are coming for sure.

      I am happy for only one thing. H1B would be more competitive now. All over the world people would apply in more numbers so that the edge of Indians will go down. Level playing field would come.

  4. Tomdicky Harry
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    Just get satisfied with what is done for now. Instead crave for those who are waiting for long time in eb2 and 3 queues.

  5. Binny
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    My only question is.. That after getting EAD, H4 can work on professional jobs only or any job (stores,business,etc) ?

    • Public Policy
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      H4 EAD can work on any job.

    • jbts71
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      Any job.

      DHS declines to restrict employment authorization eligibility to H-4 dependent
      spouses with certain skills or degrees. A primary purpose of this rule is to help U.S.
      employers retain H-1B nonimmigrant employees who have demonstrated the intent to
      become LPRs, which would provide substantial benefits to these employers and the U.S.
      economy. This rule is intended to provide this incentive to H-1B nonimmigrants
      regardless of the academic backgrounds of their H-4 dependent spouses. Limiting the
      rule to benefit only H-1B nonimmigrants whose H-4 dependent spouses have certain
      skills or hold certain educational credentials would undermine the effectiveness of this
      rule.

      http://www.ofr.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2015-04042_PI.pdf

  6. Sandhya
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    Hey.. Does this mean marrying a person now, who is on H1 and staying in the US for past 7 eyars (F1 for 3 years and H1 for 4) gives an option to get work permit in the US? (This guy’s company sponspored him for Green card as well)

    • jbts71
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      depends in what stage of GC he is . .only if he is I140 approved will his spouse be eligible to get H4 EAD

  7. zam zam cola
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    Does this law means husband with 140 stays where he is and his wife gets EAD which is the terminal stage before GC. How come? lol

  8. zam zam cola
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    Demand for NRI grooms is returning and girls would line up, thanks USCIS.

    • DKG
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      so true …..

  9. zam zam cola
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    There are many 140 holders in US. I can see lot of people getting married after this law. Thankyou USCIS flood is coming.

  10. Tanu
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    What about spouse of green card holder? if they come as a depandent visa then they will be able to work ?

  11. zam zam cola
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    Details are still coming in, and this news will be updated later today, but for now, it’s also likely that as many as 179,600 H4 visa holders may be eligible in the first year the cards will be issued, and subsequently as many as 55,000 annually.

    The granting of EAD cards has come after three years when it was first proposed in February, 2012. It made little progress till April of last year when the White House issued the guidelines for the cards to be issued. And then came a period for public comments and official procedures. President Barack Obama also made it part of his Executive Action in November of last year. The USCIS finally submitted the final rule for the White House to approve it earlier this month, and which it did.

    If one goes by this US govt is getting more money and whopping number of people in job market, especially IT and it will surely have effect on salaries or pay rates going down.
    Already I have heard from friends who do consulting that first preference is being given to those who have EAD or GC and then to H1B. Now just imagine what will happen to those H1B holders whose jobs would be taken away by these new H4 getting EAD.

  12. Ani85
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    Wonderfull news…!!!!my husband GC is applied but waiting for i140 approval, my doubt is can we apply for EAD if GC is pending for 365 days

  13. DKG
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    This is just going to create more fake resumes. If H4 are really talented and skilled, why can’t they apply H1B.

    With this new rule, all IT companies are going to create fake resumes, and send it to clients, with less salary and they get the job. This is going to be big loss for all H1B skilled workers.

    This is going to create more chaos than solutions. There should be a strict background checks for technical and background educational skills.

    I am not sure, how come sitting at 6 years at home, they can land on a job with all fake resume.

    Companies like TCS, Wipro would have already stared to make use of the new rule.

  14. Captainbullfrog
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    Gotta love the Indians that are granted an opportunity to come to the United States, then denigrate and condemn the immigration policies because it doesn’t suit them once they get in the door. When anyone disagrees with their viewpoint, they accuse them of being racists to defend their ascendancy. Shameful.

    • Aryan Ralston
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      Shameful is when the Indians come to the USA and steal you of your jobs. Its shameful to you!

    • jbts71
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      Defend your jobs if you have the capability too . no point crying over the internet. .. Even with temporary work permits the immigrants have been able to take all the jobs.. . and you as a citizen with all the freedom in the world. . all you hav to do is get educated. .which also isn’t happening .. .Pathetic.. .

  15. Moder Chod
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    Why should the U.S. government give anything to H4 scab parasites – and H1B’s, while were on the subject? Why does the American public owe you anything? Why do Indians come here under the impression that they are owed something from this country? Why do you feel like we wouldn’t be able to get along without you – even though we’ve managed for years and year before you all came here to wreck things ? Why is it that you refuse to fix your own country, and feel it’s better to come here and pilfer ? Why do you think that the rules of TEMPORARY visas ( and in the case of H4, TEMPORARY visas that disallow you from working ), should now be changed in your favor on your whims? So many unanswered questions, Indian job robbers coming here and taking, please go back home

    • Aryan Ralston
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      Good luck. There will be more coming here in the future! Get lost behen chod!

    • jbts71
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      American public doesnt owe us anythign. . .Indians dont have that impression .. This isn’t about you not getting along without us. . this is about making our lives better .. simple. . .if you dont like to compete in the job sector. . or you dont have the basic skills to do the job. . .you are free to migrate to africa or some place.. . no ones stopping you . . The politicians have realized that the in the near future the minorities are going to be the majority of US and the only way to gather more votes is to appease the immigrants . .hence the change in rules 🙂 .. DEAL WITH IT> !!

      • Alice Blue
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        You aren’t getting the jobs because you are better in any way. Your fake resumes have become notorious.

        • jbts71
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          If you think you are better than us. . then why are you complaining about americans loosing jobs ? and immigrants robbing you blind ??

          Ok lets just go with your hypothesis that americans are better than immigrants in every which way .. . .. So that means that you can never get cheated as… you would immediately know a fake resume from interviewing the person and dismiss the candidate… as you have better skills than us . ..you wouldn’t have any problems getting any jobs anywhere in any sector after competing with all the immigrants. .. And since you are so superior .. you wouldn’t bit** about and cry over the internet about loosing jobs .. .. Am i correct ? .. .
          But you are still insecure .. . . So the only deduction that we can draw that you know as well i do that all the above things are FALSE. ..its nothing more than a lie that you keep telling urself to feel superior .

          Here’s some things for your reference. .. Apparently everyone is cheating and screwing you guys. . not just indians .. LOL

          Median income of americans – $49,000 ,

          Indians – $88,000

          Filipino -$75,000

          Chinese – $65000

          http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/09/30/5-facts-about-indian-americans/

        • KKK Destroyer
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          I feel good when I screw bigots like you over and over. Over the past few months, I screw only white women, with my indian gock.

  16. nc
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    this is so dumb…… get satisfied with what you are getting! this is not your country for god sake, you do not have any right to demand anything. GO and talk to your country people and fight there for your rights. Why did you come to USA? H1B holders are taking american’s jobs and there is no doubt about it. H4 candidates will also make fake resumes of 7 8 years and there will be lot of chaos in short run. There may be 10% real intelligent people who are actually making any change on these visas, all others are bogus and doing crappy IT work. If you have enough intelligence and believe in yourselves then why dont you go back to your country and do something good there for your own country and yourselves???? You have all the rights to say and do anything against your law, your government…. on what basis you are even requesting/demanding such stupidest thing to some other country like USA. Just think before even writing such posts……………! how dumb is this… my goodness! You cheap workers…. get your ass back to your country and do something good there for your own people!

    • jbts71
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      Absolutely not .. . Immigrants are here for good. By 2050 projections . . Minorities are going to be above 50% of the US population. . Did your ancestors from europe stay back in europe waiting for miracles to happen .. ? No !!! .. . They invaded asia. . isn’t it .. So this is the time of asian ./ mexican and east european immigrants .. yes they all are going to take away your jobs. . So better start studying . !! good luck ..

  17. Alice Blue
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    If the “red Indians” didn’t owe the Europeans a warm and generous welcome, then America certainly doesn’t owe the H-1Bs and their spouses an open door.

    • jbts71
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      We dont expect a warm welcome .. continue on ur path of watching fox news and bulls***g over the internet .. .. just by you using the phrase “red indians” I can gauge that you are a racist yourself.. .. .Also just because the Native americans didn’t give a warm welcome to the europeans .. that didn’t stop the europeans to migrate over the last 400 years did it ? . So . no matter how tough you are and how much hatred you spread over immigrants ..we aren’t stopping .. I can grantee you that by 2050 immigrants will be the majority of the US population. …Not sure how old you are right now. .but keep this in mind .. maybe save it on your computer. .. and open it in 2050 and look around you. . 🙂 .

  18. disqus_P8XEADjHO5
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    jbts71, Agree with you on all comments you made…you have excellent ideology and thinking…you made every one commenting about immigrants shut their mouth.

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