Should H-4 Visa Holders Be Allowed to Work?

H-4 visa doesn’t allow dependents to work

The Metro had an interesting article today about the H1-B visa and it’s dependant accompanying visa, the “dreaded” H-4.

The article discusses the difficulties of Samvita Padukone,  a pregnant H-4 visa holder, and her husband Sanjay Mavinkurve, an H1-B visa holder and Google engineer.

They are currently residing part time in Canada, attempting to fight the law which does not allow the dependants of H1-B visa holders to gain employment in the United States. Sanjay feels he does not have the right to ask his wife to stay at home while he works because of a rule they find unfair. The US only grants a limited amount of H1-B visas and have recently reduced the amount further and added constraints on companies who wish to employ foreign professionals as opposed to American workers.

At the moment they are awaiting the approval of their green card so that Sanjay may return to work in the United States, but the longer the wait, the more inclined they are to stay in Toronto, says the couple.

Should H-4 visa holders be allowed to work?

Should dependants of H1-B visa holders be allowed to work? Should there be limitations on the employment they may gain?

To insure you’re aware of all of your rights and the laws related to the visa you wish to gain, it is important to speak with an experienced lawyer on the matter. It may save you thousands of dollars and years of your time.


About Fadi Minawi

Fadi primarily practices in US Immigration Law. He assists with matters relating to business immigration (including: relocation, expansion, investments, and work visas), litigation, admissibility issues, customs forfeitures and other cross-border issues. Fadi is also a criminal defense attorney and can assist with criminal matters in the US. Read more

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