Spouses of H-1B visa holders allowed to work in US

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Spouses of H-1B visa holders allowed to work in US

In a major relief to foreign workers in the US technology sector, a court there has ruled that the spouses of H-1B visa holders can now work in the United States.

An overview of the news

  • The petition by 'Save Jobs USA' sought to quash the employment authorization cards given to the spouses of H-1B visa holders.

  • Save Jobs USA is an organisation of IT workers who claim they lost their jobs because of H-1B workers.

  • Tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft opposed this petition.

  • US District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the plea.

  • The US has so far issued work rights to the spouses of nearly 100,000 H-1B workers, a sizable number of whom are Indians.

About H-1B Visa

  • The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.

  • It is designed to allow skilled foreign workers to come to the United States and work for American companies.

  • This requires theoretical or technical expertise.

Other Visa Categories

  • L-1B - for specialised workers

  • L-1A - for managers and executives

  • E-2 - Treaty Investor visa

  • E-1 - Treaty Trader visa

  • E-3 - for Australians etc.

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