I’m a legal immigrant, but not allowed to work


H-4Visa-BlogImage-5-6-14Legal immigrants are struggling to find jobs with their  H-4 visa.  The H-4 visa means people with this type of visa can’t earn an income or possess a social security number.  Rashi Bhatnagar has lived legally in the United States for six years and has a degree from the University of Delhi.  However, her entrepreneurial dreams of opening a home-goods store are left in the back seat.

How can this H-4 visa weaken the immigrant entrepreneur spirit?

The United States is missing out on skilled H-4 visa candidates and their possible contributions to the economy.

The State Department said 96,753 people received the H-4 visa in 2013, 76% of whom were from South Asia.

Meghna Damani, a former H-4 holder, says “I think the misconception is that they’re going to take away from the limited pool of jobs.”  She argues that they are entrepreneurs who can create jobs.

It can be devastating for couples that come to this country under H-4 visas and have to live off one income.  Some even return to their native countries because they are afraid of living here without a green card.  This can take up to ten years for Indian and Chinese citizens.

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