A great opportunity for spouses of H-1B visa holders will be available soon. President Barack Obama and the White House’s administrative offices have developed a new process that allows spouses of these green card holders to work in the U.S. Although many of Obama’s critics say his administration has been one of the harshest when it comes to deporting undocumented immigrants, few can deny that the new policy is a step toward better, more comprehensive immigration laws. Not only will it help attract highly skilled workers from overseas, it could also mean a new economic beginning for the U.S.
Two head officials within the Obama administration, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, will oversee the implementation of the new work visa policies to ensure that specific immigration goals are met. According to Mayorkas, it’s a great start but there is still much work to do.
“These steps will help the U.S. maintain competitiveness with other countries in our efforts to attract the best and the brightest high-skilled workers from around the world to support companies here at home,” Mayorkas said in a press conference in early May. “Businesses continue to need these high-skilled workers, and these rules ensure we do not cede the upper hand to other countries competing for the same talent.”
The new policies for H-1B visa holders and their spouses are an excellent way to stimulate the economy, especially in states like Nevada that believe immigration reform will be an effective job creator and economy booster. According to CBS News-Las Vegas, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, and key members of the Southern Nevada chambers of commerce are planning a news conference to promote a state-wide message that calls on voters to support immigration reform and the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in Nevada.