STEM-Skilled Immigrants Can Rejoice With New Worker Authorization Rule

STEM-Skilled Immigrants Can Rejoice With New Worker Authorization Rule


STEM-Skilled Immigrants Can Rejoice With New Worker Authorization Rule

Many spouses of highly skilled immigrants in science, technology, engineering, and math fields (STEM) have trouble legally working in the U.S. But for immigrants looking for technology jobs, immigration reform will eliminate the current employment road blocks. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will put into effect a new rule that opens more doors to STEM-educated immigrants seeking work and residency in the U.S.

Starting May 26, spouses of immigrants currently working on employer-sponsored H-1B work visas who have been in the States for at least 5 years and are working towards permanent residency can begin to file and search for jobs in the U.S.

Currently, these spouses are not allowed to work legally in the United States. According to the Department of Homeland Security, as many as 180,000 spouses will be eligible to apply for this new employment authorization in 2015. Additionally, an estimated 55,000 annually will be eligible in the following years. Many of the spouses themselves are highly educated in a STEM field, but are caught waiting for a long time without a job because of current green card backlogs and processes.

Many are predicting positive consequences with the new law.  The Council of Economic Advisors cite that the rule will provide job growth, attract new businesses, investment, and revenue from abroad. Additionally, it is expected that the change will lead to innovation in science and technology fields.

Until May 26, spouses of immigrants will just have to wait for filing to open. To stay on track of these new developments, subscribe to our Sync’d here for updates or follow us on Twitter here.


Amanda Roszkowski

I am currently a Social Media Manager at I have been working with international companies for about 2 years now, in the online marketing and social media sector. I am passionate about traveling, learning about other cultures, technology and trying new foods. I hope to travel to Greece next year.

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