H1-B Visa Sponsorship Question

Hello, I am curious if it is a standard practice for employers who sponsor H1-B Visas of employees to also cover the expenses for their spouse and dependents H4 Visa and/or spouse's EAD (Employment Authorization).  Thanks in advance for any input! 

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  • Hi   Leigh Ann Shivener !  It's Colleen. :) 

    I have typically not covered this in the past but Katie Jacob (katie.jacob@dinsmore.com) is my go-to on all related issues -- she is awesome.

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  • Hey Colleen!  Happy New Year.  Thanks for referral.

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  • Leigh Ann, 

    It has been our policy to support the employee and their family in sponsorship.  It does help to ensure  "good faith"  in the relationship.  Katie Jacob will likely validate.   

    David Ayres 

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    • David Ayres thanks for the response, David.  We are still reviewing but the input is greatly appreciated.

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  • I would recommend consulting your legal department in regards to how the costs of sponsorship might be reimbursed to you (the company) if either party fail to follow thru with the process and/or if the employee exits the business voluntarily. It's a great idea, but in my experience, this has fallen-thru before and we were stuck with costs of both sponsorship as well as the fee of our 3rd party administrator for the program.

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  • Thanks Brooke.  Our legal dept has been involved.  Thanks!

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