Saturday, February 8, 2014

In the Senate Bill

Current law: Spouses of H-1B visa holders are not allowed to work. Only spouses of L1 workers are allowed work authorization.

The Senate's original version of Immigration Reform Bill - S-744  ( Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act) document  had the reciprocity clause, which made the employment authorization conditional to reciprocity. It means that the  work authorization will only  be granted to the  dependent  spouses whose country of origin offer reciprocal work authorization to spouses of US citizens.

But, Senator Orrin Hatch’s amendment dilutes it  by allowing the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security to enforce the reciprocity. So, right now the decision has been left to them. The Bill was successfully passed in the Senate in 2013.

Official link of S- 744 's amended copy - http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/legislation/immigration/amendments/Hatch/Hatch-Schumer2nd-%28MDM13698%29.pdf

Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,