Quoted in KQED Santa Clara Public Radio story

Check out this piece from KQED Santa Clara County this morning on the H-4 EAD issue, which features a nice quote from High-Tech Housewives!

Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Could Soon Lose the Right to Work in the U.S.

“Leaving aside her concerns as a mother, what happens if Bhai is forced to sit out during her most productive professional years? “H-4 women face a triple burden if they are able to start working again, particularly in technology: race, gender and long gaps in their resumes,” writes associate professor Amy Bhatt at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, author of “High-Tech Housewives: Indian IT Workers, Gendered Labor, and Transmigration.”

Global Effects of High-Skilled Immigration

My article for AsiaGlobal Online, a digital journal published by the Asia Global Institute (AGI) at The University of Hong Kong, was published today!

Check out the full article here: Global Effects of High-Skilled Migration

“The free flow of labor across national borders has been one of the defining facets of globalization. In recent years, concerns over the effects of increased migration on domestic workforces have led political leaders to consider tightening borders, dramatically altering patterns of human movement. In Asia, this could reverse the brain drain….”

Reflections on India’s LGBTQ Rights Ruling in The Conversation

Check out my piece in The Conversation about India’s historic ruling in favor of LGBTQ rights!

From India’s sodomy ban, now ruled illegal, was a British colonial legacy:

“The Indian Supreme Court has legalized homosexuality, overturning a 157-year ban on consensual gay sex.

In a nearly 500-page unanimous decision issued on Sept. 6, India’s highest court affirmed that “whenever the constitutional courts come across a situation of transgression or dereliction in the sphere of fundamental rights which are also the basic human rights of a section, howsoever small part of the society, then it is for the constitutional courts to ensure that constitutional morality prevails over social morality.”

Gay rights advocates worldwide celebrated the legal victory, which came after nearly a decade of contentious court battles against a British colonial law criminalizing homosexual acts….”

Women Who Ask

I had the chance to speak with the amazing Heather Mills, attorney, negotiation specialist, and owner of Women Who Ask for her monthly podcast. Check out the full interview on her blog here:

Join us Wed @ noon PT for an Interview with Dr. Amy Bhatt: The Career Choices that Have the Biggest Impact on Our Long Term Earnings

Posted by Women Who Ask with Heather Mills on Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Keeping “Dependents” Dependent for The Society Pages

In May, I had the opportunity to write for The Society Pages, a publication of the Council on Contemporary Families. You can check out my piece here!

Excerpt from “Keeping ‘Dependents’ Dependent”:

“On April 24, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services rang the death knell on work authorization for spouses of high-skilled immigrant workers. Under the direction of the White House, the USCIS conducted an audit of the H-1B guest worker program, specifically to see if it complies with the President’s Buy American, Hire American executive order. In a report submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the director of the USCIS proposed sweeping changes to the program, including removing regulations that would allow the spouses of H-1B workers to obtain work permits.

Despite being an established program for almost thirty years, the H-1B program has become a target for the current administration. The H-1B visa program first came into existence after the passage of the 1990 Immigration Act.  As the tech boom of the 1990s and rising fears about “Y2K” created a demand for technically-trained labor, U.S. companies began to seek workers from around the world.  The H-1B is given to workers in “specialized and complex” jobs. Typically issued for three to six years, the visa allows employers to hire foreign workers.”