The Path to H4 Employment Authorization.
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USCIS announced that as from May 26, 2015, certain H4 Visa holders will be permitted to apply for a work permit. This work permit although a surprise to many, was not a surprise to those who actually fought for the rights of the H4 visa holders.
Since 2011, a small movement of H4 visa holders, started a Facebook page called “H4 A Curse”. This movement was led by Rashi Bhatnagar. While the group was small they were very active over time organizing meetings, and reaching out to influential people to help the cause. At first there was a lot of resistance.
In 2012, the group contacted Shah Peerally, who took an interest in the matter and actually invited the group to discuss about their issues and problem facing this community. Shah organized a live radio show in June 2012 “H4 Visa Work Permit - problems facing H4 visa holders! H4 Mega Radio Show live (June, 1 2012)” This radio show was culminating turn for the group which was actually never given a chance to speak their mind.
Consequently, Shah and the group started an online petition “Give More Rights to H4 Visa Holders” on Change.org. Over less than two years the petition gathered more than 7000 signatures. Shah Peerally wrote an open letter to President Obama “Break the H4 Prison” explaining the difficulties of those who are on H4 visa and and their plight. In this petition, it was mentioned that USCIS has actually proposed a rule giving some H4 visa holders. The same rule which has now become law.
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