Big News to Foreign Workers; Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Allowed to Work in US


Washington D.C.: In a big relief to foreign workers in the US technology sector, a judge ruled that spouses of H-1B visa holders can now work in the United States.

The decision was made as US District Judge Tanya Chutkan dismissed a lawsuit filed by Save Jobs USA, which had approached the court to revoke the Obama-era regulation that gave employment authorization cards to spouses of certain categories of H-1B visa holders.

Save Jobs USA is an organization comprising IT workers who claim they lost their jobs to H-1B workers. Tech giants such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft opposed the lawsuit. The US has so far issued nearly 1,00,000 work authorizations to spouses of H-1B workers.

While Save Jobs USA said it plans to appeal against the court ruling, Ajay Bhutoria, a prominent community leader and advocate for immigrant rights, applauded the court’s decision to allow H-1B spouses to work and support their families.

Allowing H-1B spouses to work is not just a matter of economic fairness, but it is also a matter of family unity and stability.

“I applaud the court’s decision, and I hope that this is just the first step towards a more compassionate and equitable immigration system,” he said.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

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