Orange residents who are interested in employment immigration issues may want more information about an important change that may be coming to U.S. immigration rules. This change, currently on appeal, may help spouses of immigrants find employment in the U.S.
About 85,000 skilled workers get an H-1B visa every year. These visas allow an immigrant to work in the U.S. when their domestic employer can show that there are no other qualified applicants already in the country. The H-1B visa also allows a path to permanent residency. On the other hand, the employee's spouse is allowed into the country on an H-4 visa. This does not give the spouse a social security number, which means that he or she is not legally permitted to work in the U.S. This can cause financial issues for some families who require two incomes to make ends meet.