Can a US Work Visa Holder’s Spouse Work in the US?

(Below is a transcription of this video)

So we’ve got a question. Can a spouse of a work permit holder work in the United States?

Work Parameters for US Work Visa Holder’s Spouse

So, generally speaking, when an individual applies for a work visa to the U.S. they can bring their spouse and dependent children along with them.

Now, generally speaking, the spouse cannot work. The spouse can accompany the individual during the validity of the work visa, the children can go to school, but their spouse, generally, cannot work.

 

Work Visa Options for US Work Visa Holder’s Spouse

Now there are certain exceptions to that. For example, an L-1 visa or an E-2 visa, the spouse can apply for a work visa as a dependent, but in most cases that option is not available. However, there has been talk that the immigration rules will be changing potentially, hopefully, that will allow spouses to work as dependents.

So, for example, an H-1B visa, which is a specialty occupation work visa, very popular, as it stands now spouses are not allowed to work unless they apply for their own work visa that is separate. If the rules change, which we hope they will, spouses who currently get H-4 visas will be permitted to apply for work visas or be allowed to work, as well.

So this is really going to benefit the IT industry especially, but also other industries. Let’s hope this positive development comes to fruition so spouses of work permit holders can, in fact, work.

My name is Michael Niren, immigration lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. Have a great day.

Book a Consultation Today!

If you have immigration questions, VisaPlace is here to guide you through the immigration process. We work with qualified immigration lawyers who can help you with your US work visa. Contact us to book a consultation.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

The content and comments of this blog are not legal advise and and may not be accurate or complete. If you require legal advice, contact a licensed legal practitioner directly. If you post on this blog, you assume full responsibility for disclosing your identity to the public and VisaPlace nor its affiliates are not responsible for protecting your privacy nor your identity concerning your participation in our blog and you assume any risks in participating.

Customer Reviews

I could not have asked for more! The VisaPlace team are extremely professional, they know their stuff. They gave me great information, prepared my work visa application and then prepared me for the submission process. I was successful. Got my visa. 5 stars! I would give them 6 if I could.

Tim Willisin the last week

This is not an exaggeration!!! I was truly impressed with the way VisaPlace consultants handled my case. The consultants- Emily, Lauren, Takunda and Lisa, took their time to explain to me in great deal how they were going to approach my case and how they would handle setbacks, if any. Their professionalism and knowledge of the law were superb. The minor setback that came up was quickly addressed by the team. The team constantly kept me updated on the progress/status of my application; they quickly responded to my questions/concerns. They had predicated my permanent residency to be processed within 6 -12, and Indeed it was processed and completed within 6 months. Based on my personal experience, Emily and Lauren's team are the best! They deserve 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!

George Jakan'gayoa week ago

VisaPlace helped me sponsor my husband to become a Permanent Resident of Canada. They were extremely professional. Every step along the way was explained fully and expertly taken care of. The staff responded immediately to any questions and always handled our concerns fully, taking as much time as we needed to understand where we were at in the immigration process and what to expect next. I would recommend VisaPlace with no hesitation at all. I'm sure if we had tried to navigate the immigration process ourselves, it would have been much harder.

Shirley Corriveau2 weeks ago

Associations