In a significant development for H-1B visa holders, the US Senate has introduced the “National Security Agreement,” aimed at benefiting H4 visa holders. This agreement will provide approximately 100,000 work permits to the spouses of H1-B visa holders and their dependent children.
After extensive deliberations between Republican and Democratic leaders in the US Senate, the National Security Agreement was revealed, offering a solution for approximately 250,000 adult children of H-1B visa holders.
This decision is a welcoming relief for thousands of tech professionals who have been awaiting Green Cards, a crucial document allowing their spouses to work and preventing their children from facing deportation.
A Green Card, also known as a Permanent Resident Card, grants the bearer permanent residency status in the US. However, the issuance of Green Cards is subject to per-country quotas, limiting the number available to citizens of specific nations.
Additional Benefits for Indian-American Immigrants Under the Agreement:
1. Ageing-Out Protection: Children of long-term H-1B visa holders, who have maintained H4 status for eight years, will receive protection against ageing out.
2. Increased Employment-Based Green Cards: The agreement adds 18,000 employment-based Green Cards annually for the next five years, totaling 158,000 employment-based Green Cards per year.
3. Work Authorization for Visa Holders: The bill grants work authorization to around 25,000 K-1, K-2, and K-3 non-immigrant visa holders (fiancés, spouses, and children of US citizens) annually. It also provides work authorization to approximately 100,000 H-4 spouses and children of certain H-1B nonimmigrant visa holders with approved immigrant petitions.
4. Expedited Work Permits: The agreement streamlines work permits, allowing eligible individuals to start working in the US more swiftly.
This development marks a significant step in reforming the immigration system and addressing the concerns of H-1B visa holders and their families.
For the first time in over three decades, the agreement raises the annual cap on immigrant visas by adding an additional 250,000 immigrant visas over five years, with a focus on family reunification and increased opportunities for US businesses. The bill also extends relief to over 250,000 individuals who arrived in the US as children on their parents’ work visas, with a significant number originating from India.In conclusion, the National Security Agreement brings relief and opportunities for H-1B visa holders and their families, aiming to create a fairer and more inclusive immigration system.
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