Save H4 Visa and H4 EAD

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A petition to the president of United States of America- Save H4 visa and H4 EAD

We the undersigned, call on the President of United States of America, Joe Biden to unilaterally extend the expiration work authorization documents of H4 visas, the majority of whom are highly skilled women of color and active contributors to the economics of the country.

We respectfully request the President, Madam Vice President, Congressman and other government bodies to extend the validity period of all expired H4 EADs. In 2015- the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a rule allowing certain H4 dependent spouse of H1B visa holders to legally seek employment opportunities in the United State of America. 95% of the H4 visa holders who have secured the work authorization are women. Unfortunately, these H4 visa holders with work authorization (H4 EAD) have been losing jobs, disrupting the lives of their families, affected financially and mentally.

The legal immigration system has been severely harmed by the previous administration policies. Much of the growth in the cases of backlogs at USCIS has affected in increase of the time tremendously. Biometric appointments were recently made compulsory for H4 Visa. USCIS has been failing to schedule biometric appointment due to backlogs which have adversely affected the approval of H4 visa and H4 EAD. Failure to approve H4 Visa and H4 EAD has adversely affected people financially and mentally. It has separated families.

Recommendation:Having explained our grievances, we want the help of the President to:

1)    Remove biometric requirement for H4/L2 extensions

2)    Defer to previous practices of processing H1B/H4 and L1/L2 extensions together

3)    Allow automatic 180 days extension while renewal application is pending for H4/L2.

We hope our request will be taken into consideration and corrective action would be taken as thousands of people are suffering, losing jobs, money and family.