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Changes to visa program benefit spouses of H-1B visa holders

When someone who lives in another country decides to come to the United States for a job, there are many things that need to be taken into consideration. This is particularly true when that person who has been granted a work visa has other members of his or her immediate family to think about. While schools will need to be selected for young children, spouses too may consider what they will do while residing the U.S. Historically, getting a job was not always a part of that picture. That is soon set to change. It was recently announced that changes were made to a visa rule that will make it possible for some individuals married to highly skilled immigrants to secure jobs.

The change updates the type of H-4 visa that spouses of those who come to the U.S. to work under an H-1B visa, are eligible for. While in the past they could not get a Social Security number, the change will make it possible for them to earn money while in the country with their spouse.

It is easy to see why spouses of H-1B visa holders would be happy about this change. The opportunity for both spouses to work could remove some of the financial strain these families may have experienced in the past. In turn, families that might otherwise return to their native country may instead stay, benefitting the nation by providing an economic boost. In that way, such a change benefits the nation as well.

Applications will begin to be collected in May.

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