Nearly 30 tech companies are pushing against the proposed H-4 visa block, which allows the spouses of H-1B owners to work in the US.
US tech companies have rallied to protect a law that allows the spouses of H-1B owners to work in the country. Google, which leads the group, submitted a brief amicus outlining the importance of the law to the Department of Homeland Security today (May 14) in connection with an ongoing lawsuit between the department and Save Jobs USA.
Save Jobs USA has been in a lawsuit with DHS since 2016. It is a collection of IT workers who claim they were replaced by H-1B visa holders from other countries. The group went on to sue DHS and campaigned to block the H-4 work permit (EAD) document.
Google legal vice-president Catherine Lacavera said in a statement: “The ability to recruit and retain the world’s best talent is crucial to America’s economic success-and it has been since the beginning.
“That’s why we’re advocating for a fair and competitive immigration system. And that’s why today, as the U.S. emerges from a pandemic to face only unprecedented competition around the world, we support a system that offers opportunities to skilled workers and their families, and initiates citizenship dreamers rather than marking immigrants in decades-long application backlogs. ”
According to Lacavera, the H-4 EAD program provides work permits for more than 90,000 people, and more than 90pc of it are women.
“The pandemic does not equally affect women and ending this program will only make things worse, leading to disruptive careers and lost wages,” she said.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services has already reported takes up to two years to process H-4 EAD applications. Google previously joined a short amicus supporting a demand filed by the American Immigration Lawyers Association to expedite the process.
Lacavera added that Google’s new abbreviation is supported by nearly 30 other companies. According to CNBC, this includes Amazon, Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Reddit and Twitter.
“As an immigrant myself, I have been a beneficiary of a welcoming America and I hope we can ensure the same acceptance for future immigrants by preserving the H-4 EAD program,” Lacavera concluded. “Ending this program will hurt families and slow down the U.S. economy at a critical moment.”
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