The tech industry continues to fight to enforce immigration rights for highly skilled workers. Google is leading the latest campaign to preserve a program that allows spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the United States. Nearly 30 companies, including the web giant, Apple, Microsoft, Intel and Twitter, have submitted an amicus brief in support of the H-4 policy in a pending case known as Save Jobs USA v Department of Homeland Security.
A federal court in Washington is expected to rule on the lawsuit challenging the work program in the coming months. A southern California IT worker advocacy group, which claimed it had lost jobs to visa workers, filed a lawsuit in 2015. It was later delayed as President Trump sought to withdraw the rule H-4. However, that did not happen and now the plaintiffs and President Joe Biden’s administration are seeking summary judgment, reports Reuters.
The tech industry has opposite From Trump anti-immigration policies up front, arguing that they would hamper its ability to recruit the talent it needs. Google said in the latest filing that the invalidation of the H-4 rule “would result in the exclusion of these talented people from the workplace, forcibly severing tens of thousands of working relationships across the country.” The H-4 program provides work authorization to over 90,000 H-4 visa holders, over 90% of whom are women.
“As an immigrant myself, I have been the beneficiary of a welcoming America and I hope we can provide the same welcome to future immigrants by preserving the H-4 EAD program. Ending this program would hurt families and undermine the US economy at a critical time. moment, ”said Catherine Lacavera, vice president, legal at Google, in a blog post.
Earlier this month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said they would suspend biometric screening requirements for H-4 and L-2 visa holders because they entailed lengthy delays. Reviews Trump-era policy claims it was implemented to create barriers to immigration processing after the administrator failed to revoke the laws.
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