Living in limbo is a continued in-depth series by KPRC 2 that delves into the challenges faced by hundreds of thousands of Indian women in the United States who stand to lose work authorization if President Donald Trump’s administration changes one rule. This series was made possible by a fellowship grant from the South Asian Journalists Association’s SAJA Reporting Fellowship Program. Read the full series here.
The U.S. immigration system can be a complicated sphere to navigate with lots of legal jargon and terms. In order to help readers follow KPRC 2′s coverage, here is a glossary of the most-used terms in the Living in Limbo series.
H-1B vias — Non-immigrant visa given to highly-skilled workers from other countries. The H-1B
H-4 visa — Dependent visa given to spouses and dependent children of H-1B workers. It is a restrictive visa on which one can study but not work.
F-1 visa — Visa given to people coming to the United States to study
EAD — Employment Authorization Document. EADs are available to multiple visa categories including some people on the H-4 visa
OPT — Optional Practical Training. This is the time period after a student on F-1 visa graduates, during which they may work.
I-140 — A petition filled out by an immigrant hoping to get permanent residency in the U.S. Once the petition is accepted, the immigrant is on the road to getting a Green Card.
DHS — Department of Homeland Security
USCIS — United States Citizenship and Immigration Services