The technology industry continues its efforts to defend the immigration rights of highly skilled workers. Google is leading a more recent plan to preserve a plan that allows spouses of H1-B visa holders to work legally in the United States. Cases pending online include Apple, Apple, Microsoft, Intel and Twitter. Nearly 30 companies have filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the H-4 policy as a pending Save USA USA V. Part of the US Department of Homeland Security.
The federal court in Washington is expected to challenge the lawsuit in the coming months to challenge the work plan. A Southern California IT worker rights organization claimed they had lost the job of a visa worker and filed a lawsuit in 2015. It was later postponed because President Trump tried to undo the H-4 rule. However, this did not happen. According to Reuters, both the plaintiff and President Biden’s government are now seeking impromptu trials.
The tech industry has opposed Trump’s anti-immigrant policies from the start, believing they will hamper his ability to hire the talent he needs. Google stated in the latest document that the abolition of the H-4 rule “will make these talented people unable to work, forcibly severing tens of thousands of employment relationships across the country.” H-4 plans to provide more than 90,000 H-4s. Visa holders provide work authorization and more than 90% of them are women.
“As an immigrant, I have always been a beneficiary of the warm and hospitable United States. I hope that we can maintain the H-4 EAD program to ensure future immigrants are equally welcome. Ending the program will harm the family and seriously damage the American economy. “Catherine Lacavera, Google’s vice president of law, said in a blog post.
Earlier this month, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it would suspend biometric inspection requirements for H-4 and L-2 visa holders because this would lead to long delays. Critics of the Trump-era policy claimed that the policy’s implementation created obstacles to the immigration process after the administration failed to repeal the law.