The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows foreign workers to work in the United States for a temporary period. It is a popular visa category among skilled professionals who wish to work in the US. However, until recently, the H-1B visa holders’ spouses were not allowed to work in the US, which often put them at a disadvantage.

In 2015, the US government introduced a new rule that allowed spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US. The rule, called the H-4 Employment Authorization Document (EAD) rule, was a game-changer for many families.

The H-4 EAD rule allows spouses of H-1B visa holders to apply for work authorization in the US. It is a significant development because it enables spouses to work in their chosen profession, giving them the opportunity to contribute to their household income and the US economy.

The H-4 EAD rule has had a significant impact on the lives of many families. It has given spouses the freedom to pursue their career goals and has helped them achieve financial independence. It has also allowed families to make the most of their time in the US and has helped them integrate into American society.

However, the H-4 EAD rule has been a source of controversy. Critics argue that it takes jobs away from American workers and that it undermines the purpose of the H-1B visa program. They also argue that the H-4 EAD rule makes it easier for companies to hire foreign workers over American workers, as companies can use the H-1B visa program to bring in skilled workers and then hire their spouses.

Despite the controversy surrounding the H-4 EAD rule, it remains in effect. Spouses of H-1B visa holders can still apply for work authorization in the US, and many families have benefitted from the rule. 

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Elizabeth L.A. Garvish founded Garvish Immigration Law Group, LLC in 2011 after practicing immigration law in small boutique firms, big law and nonprofits. Elizabeth is a frequent speaker and presenter on entrepreneurship and U.S. immigration topics around the world. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and serves on various national committees and is the Past Chair of the Georgia-Alabama Chapter of AILA. Elizabeth is also a certified member of the EO Global Speakers Academy.