H-1B Visa Holders’ Spouses’ Right To Work Upheld As The US District Court Dismissed A Lawsuit Against It

by Tooba Shaikh
H-1B Visa Holders’ Spouses’ Right To Work Upheld As The US District Court Dismissed A Lawsuit Against It

Recently, there was news that stated that from now on, the spouses of H-1B visa holders in the United States of America will be able to work. However, this news was slightly incorrect and misleading. Such a rule already exists. It was put in place by the Obama administration and is still in function. However, many people seem to oppose this law. The latest development pertained to news about one such opposition.

Lawsuit Against H-1B Visa Holders’ Spouses’ Right To Work Dismissed

According to an article by Economic Times, an organisation called ‘Save Jobs USA’ filed a lawsuit that challenged the right to work of the spouses of people who hold an H-1B Visa. This allowed the spouses to find jobs and work in the US.

However, the organisation claimed that they were losing their jobs to these foreign nationals and H-1B visa holders. In order for them to find work, they encouraged the state to revoke the spouses’ right to work, which would make their jobs available to those in need of it.

This lawsuit was challenged by many major companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, etc., as they benefit hugely from the skilled foreign workers that come to the United States. The district court in Washington DC decided to dismiss this lawsuit filed by the Save Jobs USA organisation.

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Spouses’ Right To Work Upheld By The American Court

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This particular move upholds the law passed during the Obama administration. Data shows that the spouses of H-1B Visa holders tend to be highly-skilled workers who also have their own careers. By providing them with the right to work, companies based in the US benefit greatly.

During the Trump administration, there was an attempt to overturn the law and revoke the rights of spouses to work, however, this did not happen for several reasons. A skilled workforce is a growing requirement, especially after the global pandemic.

This move brings great relief to the H-1B visa holders who work in the US along with their spouses.

Also Read: US-Based Companies Are Hiring Laid-Off H-1B Visa Workers, Survey Finds

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