From the statement, it appears that spouses of H-1B visas are unlikely to get a blanket approval to work in the U.S. Only certain category of spouses of H-1B visa holders - mainly from the science and tech category - are likely to get the nod.
The White House also said the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are launching a new collaboration to empower entrepreneurial scientists and address the critical gap between fundamental research and the development of a commercial entity. The H-1B work visas for highly skilled professionals have been most beneficial from IT sector professionals from India. As per the Congressional mandated cap, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can allocate a maximum of 65,000 H-1B visas for the fiscal year 2015 beginning October 1, 2014.(PTI)