Current immigration reform would affect two types of temporary visitation passes known as visas. The H-4 Visa is a document issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to the immediate family members of H-1B visa holders that allows them to come to the US lawfully and stay. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa in the U.S. that allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers.

Changes to H-4 Visa Regulations

USCIS is under-going changes through executive action. Currently they are in the final stages of a ruling that will grant the right to work to H-4 dependents. This regulation will only be active if their H1-B visa holder is currently seeking permanent legal residence by way of extended employment.

Effects of H-4 Regulation Changes

Barring approval of petitioned employment visas by H-1B workers, proposed rule changes would grand employment authorization papers to spouses. An estimated 97,000 spouses stand to benefit from such changes. Additionally, spouses who received visa extensions under the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act will receive employment authorization papers.

Estimated Timeframe for Rule Changes

Although USCIS has stated its intent to publish regulation changes, the exact timeframe remains unclear. Expert analysis suggests an approximate publish date falling between December of 2014 and January of 2015.

Current H-4 Visa Benefits

The visa currently gives lawful status to the spouses and children of documented H-1B workers. Individuals holding an H-4 visa are permitted to hold a bank account and conduct business within the sovereign territory of the United States. Additional benefits include the ability to obtain a taxpayer identification number. This number can sometimes be used for the tertiary purpose of obtaining a State issued driver’s license.

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