US: Spouses of H1B visa holders can get job, judge ruled


Washington: In a major relief to foreign workers working in the US tech sector, a judge has ruled that the spouses of H-1B visa holders can work in the US. US District Judge Tanya Chutkan dismissed a petition filed by Save Jobs USA. In which a request was made to reject the regulation of the tenure of former President Barack Obama. Under this regulation, employment authorization cards are given to spouses of certain categories of H-1B visa holders.

Technology companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft opposed the lawsuit. Under this regulation, the US has so far granted work rights to the spouses of nearly 100,000 H-1B workers, including a large number of Indians. Judge Tanya Chatkan said in her order that Save Jobs USA’s first argument is that Congress has never allowed the Department of Homeland Security to allow foreign nationals such as H-4 visa holders to work while they are in the US. is not allowed. The judge said that Congress has expressly and deliberately authorized the US government to make employment a condition of the H-4 spouse’s stay in the US.


Judge Chatkan dismissed the lawsuit filed by Save Jobs USA, saying the Department of Homeland Security authorized employment not only for students but also for spouses and dependents of H-1B visa holders. The judge wrote in his decision that apart from this, the Department of Homeland Security has given the right to work to the spouses of foreign government officials and the spouses of employees or officers of international organizations. Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a prominent leader of the Indian-American community and a member of the commission, welcomed the judge’s decision. American companies employ foreign workers, especially in the technology sector, through H-1B visas.