Trump to end working H1-B spouses, Canada raises age of dependency, and Japanese PM refuses to relax immigration rules.
The Trump administration is planning to prevent spouses of H1-B recipients (H-4) from working, after a group of tech workers – Save the Jobs USA – filed a suit against the Dept. for Homeland Security. The act affects about 40,000 H-4 visa holders, and the court decision is expected on January 2.
Applicants for immigration, asylum and citizenship status as of October 24 will be required to name children under the age of 21 as dependents. The previous age level was 18 after being lowered from 21 in 2014 for economic reasons. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen believes the change will help more families stay together and have other social and cultural impacts.
In a country where less than 2% of the population is foreign born, the population aging and shrinking, PM Shinzo Abe yesterday admitted that foreign workers were necessary to “keep Japan’s economy and infrastructure sustainable.” He remained steadfast, however, in agreeing to any reform of the nation’s border policies. At present, only academics, business managers and specialists are welcome; but where the workforce is expected to shrink by a third by the end of the decade, work permit restrictions on all 3 refugees accepted so far this year are being considered to prevent “abuse”.