Trump administration to end program providing work permits to spouses of certain immigrants

U.S. Customs and Immigration Services completed a proposal to end work visas for spouses of temporary specialized foreign workers, Bloomberg Law reported Thursday. 

The reported proposal would eliminate H-4 work permits for spouses of people holding H-1B visas and waiting for green cards to become available. 

About 90,000 people, many of them Indian women, hold H-4 permits. 


The proposal was reportedly sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget on Wednesday. 

USCIS declined to comment on the proposal. 

“USCIS continues reviewing all employment-based visa programs," USCIS spokesperson Jessica Collins said in a statement. "No decision about the regulation concerning the employment eligibility of certain H-4 spouses is final until the rulemaking process is complete.”

The Office of Management and Budget did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE and other Republicans have long advocated for restricting this type of immigration. In April, Trump passed a "Buy American, Hire American” executive order that would make it harder to get a H-1B visa.

Proponents of work permits say they help stimulate the economy by encouraging skilled laborers to come to the U.S. but opponents say they create competition with American workers for jobs.