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Women would be hit hardest by ending H-4 work permits

Since 2015, more than 90,000 spouses of H-1B workers with pending green cards have acquired work authorization in the U.S. — a policy the Trump administration plans to end — and 93% of them are women.

Data: Citizenship and Immigration Services; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

Why it matters: Women will be disproportionately affected by the end of work authorization for certain H-4 visa holders — up to 84,935 of them could lose their jobs. Because there are fewer restrictions on the kind of employment H-4 workers can pursue than H-1B workers, these work visas have allowed for the promotion of women entrepreneurship and small business, Leon Fresco, and immigration lawyer who works with H-1B and H-4 holders, told Axios.

Due to the long wait for applicants from India to obtain a green card, ending H-4 work authorization would have the greatest impact on women from India, Stuart Anderson, Executive Director of the non-partisan think tank the National Foundation for American Policy told Axios.

QuoteForcing people who could be gainfully employed to sit at home seems cruel and unnecessary.
— Stuart Anderson

What's next: The Department of Homeland Security had planned to issue its proposal to end the H-4 work authorization for spouses of H-1B holders with pending green cards in February, but has postponed to June.

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Intel is giving up on its smart glasses effort

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. Photo: Intel

Intel said Wednesday night that it is halting work on its augmented reality glasses, confirming a report from The Information

Why it matters: Under CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel has looked to move beyond its computer chip roots and explore areas including VR, AR, wearables and chips for small electronics. However, many of these efforts have been shuttered with few or no products making it to market.