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DHS proposes new rules for professionals and their family

By Matt Schulz

Last week, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule to attract high-skilled foreign workers by allowing spouses of certain H-1B holders to also be eligible to work in the US. The rule, if enacted, will only help H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B workers who are the beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker or who have been granted an extension of their authorised period of stay in the US under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 (AC21) as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act. AC21 permits H-1B workers seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the US beyond the six-year limit…

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