Give More Rights to H4 Visa Holders
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Give More Rights to H4 Visa Holders

    1. Shah Peerally
    2. Petition by

      Shah Peerally

      Newark, CA

Unlike the L2 visas, the spouses of H1B visa holders are not allowed to work. (See this article on H4 - http://www.peerallylaw.com/en/content/view/594). Speaking to many of the spouses on such visas, the Shah Peerally Law Group PC has decided to start a campaign to advocate for the spouses (H4 holders) to be able to work and be more independent. As such we are looking for testimonials of those suffering from the "unfortunate" conditions of being on H4 visa. Examples of the hardships can be:

Although the H4 visa allows the spouses to stay in the United States, it has very negative psychological effects on the visa holders especially on the women and children who feel over dependent on the H1B holder's income. 
Often, the spouses are very qualified and willing to contribute financially to the household income, yet unless they themselves change status, they are unable to do so and the couple goes into horrible financial difficulties. 
H4 visa holders also find themselves at the mercy of the H1B visa holders regarding mental abuses from their spouses. Unfortunately they are unable to get a VAWA or a U Visa solely based on mental abuses.

Last year there was a move in Congress on the matter but it failed. We actually believe with the right support and getting enough testimonies on the matter, we shall be able to gather enough momentum to revive the movement. We are also starting a new petition to this effect. This petition will request that Congress and the Obama Administration to:

a. Allow H4 holders to contribute to this economy instead of just being dependents; and

b. Allow H4 to self petition in case of a divorce or separation to stay in the United States and be able to continue their lives peacefully.

Having seen and worked on hundreds of cases regarding H4 holders, our law firm believes that we need to start a campaign to bring to light the difficulties which many of the H4 holders are facing and hopefully change the momentum in their favor. As such we are looking for help and assistance from the community to support this cause. Note that any assistance is welcome including spreading the word and gathering signatures.

Should you be interested in helping or being part of the documentary and the campaign, please call us at 510 742 5887, or email shah@peerallylaw.com

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Congress, the Senate and the Administration
USCIS, Department of Homeland Security
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
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Change the rules on the H4 visas (allow work & self-dependence)

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Recent signatures

    News

    1. H4 Radio show today

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      Immigration Q & A - H4 news - YourListen

      Listen, share or download Immigration Q & A - H4 news uploaded by GreatLawFirm_tw

    2. We have reached the public comment Stage

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      H4 EAD rule now open for public comments.

      Proposed rule. Summary The Department of Homeland Security proposes to extend the availability of employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants. The extension would be limited to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who are in the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment.

    3. OMB has cleared the proposed H4 EAD rule - but five more steps needed

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      The Office of Mangement and Business (OMB) has cleared the H4 Proposed Rule

      For few years now we have been fighting for the H4 EAD rule and we have always requested that the rule be cleared through Executive powers which means directly through the office of the President. The rule has been pending and a group of very determined people have continuously fought for this rule under guidance.

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. The Government put the EAD Rule for public Comments

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      Breaking News and Action Alert: The Government is inviting comments H4 EAD Rule through Regulations.gov

      In an astonishing turn of events, it seems the government has finally decided to invite comments on the H4 EAD rule: DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AB92 Publication ID: 2012 Title: Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend its regulations by extending the availability of employment authorization to H-4 dependent spouses of principal H-1B nonimmigrants who have begun the process of seeking lawful permanent resident status through employment and have extended their authorized period of admission or "stay" in the U.S.

    6. H1B Blog

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      H1B Visas and Employment Based Immigration Immigration

      H1B visas issues as it relates to employment based immigration. Covers legal and social aspect of H1 Transfers, H1B Extensions, H1B news

    7. Follow the Issue on Quora.com

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      H4 Visa Issues

      The H4 Visa is a dependent visa and the visa has so many limitations that it makes the visa holders feel uncomfortable to even be in the United States. We are trying to change the laws related to this visa. Post all your concerns here.

    8. Trailer of the Movie H4 The Curse!

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      H4 The Curse (The Trailer) - Coming Soon!

      FB: http://facebook.com/h4thecurse Website: http://shahfilms.com petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/give-more-rights-to-h4-visa-holders She is an advertising professional, a woman who manages one of India's most successful advertising firms. Suddenly, a job opportunity for her husband, who is an IT professional, has forced the family to relocate.

    9. Marie Claire Magazine article on the H4 Depression!

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      Beyond Borders

      A little-known piece of immigration legislation is leaving the futures of thousands of women hanging in the balance. While Congress bickers over whether to include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the pending immigration overhaul, many immigrant women who are here legally are waiting for legislators to take action on a much less controversial piece of the reform package.

    10. Reached 5,000 signatures
    11. Articles on H4 Visas

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      10 Reasons why the H4 Visa Holders should be allowed to work with an EAD!

      By Priyanka Naik The H4 Visa are those visa offered to dependents of the working visa known as H1B visas. Unfortunately the H4 visa in itself has so many limitations including inability to work which ultimately affects all those holding it.

    12. Reached 4,000 signatures
    13. Please sign the Sister Petition

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer

      Www.tinyurl.com/eadtoh4petition

    14. Kindly Like this page and have your friends like it

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer

      Please like this page. It is for a good cause http://facebook.com/h4thecurse

      H4thecursemovie

      This movie shows the agony and suffering of such a woman on H4 Alma our protagonist, who has a...

    15. Support our upcoming Movie H4, The Curse

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer

      We need your support on our upcoming movie H4, The Curse. Please like the page https://www.facebook.com/H4thecurse We need assistance to spread the word so that we educate people about this major issue. Which can actually be solved. To know more visit www.shahfilms.com or email radio@peerallylaw.com

      H4thecursemovie

      This movie shows the agony and suffering of such a woman on H4 Alma our protagonist, who has a...

    16. Support our New Immigration H4 project

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer

      We are preparing to shoot the movie H4 The Curse and also the immigration lawyer. Kickstarter.com likes the idea and we would like to get your support.
      Please check the link
      http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/266565514/second-episode-of-the-movie-the-immigration-lawyer

      Kickstarter

      Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects.

    17. You are invited for the movie Shattered Freedom - Domestic Violence & Imm.

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer

      We are planning to use this show as a platform to push the H4 visas issues and other human rights issues. Please join us.

      It seems we are getting the attention of the media again. Please contact the writer of this article (High-skilled immigration debate grows over stark gender imbalance, favoring men for H-1B visas) thank him or post your comments on his article. The link is below
      http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_22819054/high-skilled-immigration-debate-grows-over-stark-gender

      Also I am taking this opportunity to invite you to our upcoming movie Shattered Freedom - a story on Domestic Violence and Immigration law. We are hoping to raise money on this movie to move forward with a movie on H4 visas. Please tell your friends about the movie and get the DVD when it comes out.

      Here is the trailer
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s69ey0-d0Xs

      The movie we are planning to make is called H4, the Curse.

      Thank you
      Shah

      NEW: TRAILER OF MOVIE THE IMMIGRATION LAWYER - SHATTERED FREEDOM - PREMIER AT ICC 31ST MARCH 2013

      http://shahfilms.com REGISTER: https://www.facebook.com/events/491175117609978/ Trailer for our upcoming movie Shattered Freedom - Premier at the ICC on March 31, 2013. Newark CA -- From the Shah Peerally Productions, comes the latest story of an 'American Dream'. Co-written and produced by Shah Peerally, 'Shattered Freedom', is an episode from the series 'The Immigration Lawyer'.

    18. Reached 3,000 signatures
    19. New Radio Show On H4 EAD

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer

      Dear All,

      For the newcomers welcome. We are proud to mention that we have done another radio show on the subject H4 visa holders. Please listen to the recording at http://www.peerallylaw.com/radio-show-archives/

      As you know we are seeing a big bipartisan push on Immigration. We hope that all the laws to be passed including the the Immigration Innovation Act.

      We will keep our signers updated on the news. Feel free to keep checking our blog http://immigrationlegalblog.com for updates.

      Thank you again for signing the petition.

      Regards
      Shah Peerally

      Radio Show Archives - San Francisco Immigration Attorney, Bay Area H1b Visa Lawyer San Jose

      PERM Labor Certification The PERM labor certification is one of the requirements to file an I-140 petition in the EB2 and EB3 categories. The process is daunting and requires a preliminary assessment of the qualifications of the candidate before moving forward on the case.

    20. Reached 2,500 signatures
    21. H4 EAD video

      Shah Peerally
      Petition Organizer
      H4 Visa work permit - is the curse over? New Proposed Rule from the USCIS

      http://peerallylaw.com http://immigrationlegalblog.com/2012/12/the-dream-of-the-h4-work-permit-ead-might-finally-come-true/ Sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/give-more-rights-to-h4-visa-holders http://www.ilw.com/articles/2012,0627-peerally.shtm Phone (510) 742 5887 The Dream of the H4 Work Permit (EAD) might finally come true! This is an amazing turn of events. Something that many of us have been fighting for -- H4 EAD.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Olive Ho ELMHURST, NY
      • about 9 hours ago

      H4 to work legally.

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    • Dinesh Jagadeesan SAN JOSE, CA
      • 1 day ago

      It is a humanitarian right for one to be with their family and also able to work.

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      • 1 day ago

      I have a masters degree and due to h4 visa status and my husband is working in USA I'm not able to do anything about my career. I want to be a fitness coach but I can never be as I'm obliged to work with work sponsorship which no fitness organization offers . Please allow me to follow my dream career and make myself more useful to the society and change lives for better living !! Please n!!!

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    • ramya dachepalli NAPERVILLE, IL
      • 5 days ago

      I'm an h4 visa dependent living here in us. I came here to support my husband but I never realized that I would go in depression because of sitting at home. Let me be clear why is it so important for the h1b spouses to get EAD. Firstly 40 percent of my husband's salary goes in taxes that is definitely more than what the permanent residents pay here. After paying almost half his earnings in taxes, it's impossible for us to live in downtown town which forces us to stay in suburbs. Like we all know, with no job and work living in suburbs can only drive us crazier and lead us to loneliness and depression. Plus having done my MBA from top school in my home country and also working for a year, I would definitely be able to contribute to the workforce here rather than counting dust at home. It's only fair to let h4 s to work when all the other dependent spouses of it her visas are given EAD

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    • Purvin Gandhi PITTSBURGH, PA
      • 6 days ago

      It is very important for H4 Visa holders to get the work permit, as they are living since long time. Secondly, our kids are grown up here, they studied here, but at the time, it comes for work authorisation, if they cannot work, there is not any reason to only waste money. The H4 visa holders should get work permit to live their life as well as USA is country of freedom. So, at the same time, we can not see any freedom. Hence, I request to get the work authorisation to H4 visaholders.

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