June 11, 2018

DHS Still Awaiting Final Clearance on Rule to Rescind H-4 Work Authorization

From: India-West

The Department of Homeland Security filed a status update May 22 with the DC Court of Appeals noting that it is awaiting final clearance on a rule to rescind work authorization for certain H-4 visa holders. A final rule is not expected to be issued until 2019. Last month, 130 members of Congress, led by Indian American Rep. Pramila Jayapal, urged DHS to continue the work authorization. (Jay Sharma/SaveH4EAD photo)


In its status report, DHS noted that once the proposed draft has received final clearance from its agency, it will be sent to the Office of Management and Budget for review.


Doug Rand, former assistant director for entrepreneurship in the Obama White House who helped implement the H-4 work authorization rule, told India-West that the public will not be able to see the language of the draft until it is entered in the Federal Register, where it must undergo a minimum 30-day public comment period. The draft rule will have to be cleared by The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs – within the OMB – and the White House. Edits will have to incorporated before the draft is entered into the Federal Register.

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