Google, Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., and other big technology companies won a major court battle in Washington. The judgment says that the spouses of the highly skilled H-1B visa holders will now be allowed to work in the United States.
Washington District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the decision
The US District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued the decision that upholds Obama-era rule. Under this rule, hundreds of thousands of H-4 visas were being issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 70% of the H-4 visa holders work in the tech sector.
Right for Spouses to work is essential
The tech companies argued that the ability of the spouses of H-1B holders to get a job in the US is the major attraction for highly skilled foreign workers.
The ability of the skilled worker’s spouse to be employed under an H-4 visa affects 87% of families in making significant life decisions like buying a house or having a child, etc.
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