Google, 30 cos push to preserve US work permits for immigrants

Compiled by: Our Bureau

(Our Bureau, May 15) Google and 30 tech companies in the US are opposing a lawsuit that seeks to ban 90,000 spouses of highly skilled H-1B visa holders from having jobs. “Google is proud to support our nation’s immigrants. We joined 30 other companies to protect the H-4 EAD programme which spurs innovation, creates jobs and opportunities, and helps families,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai tweeted.  The H-4 visa is issued to the immediate family members of those who are working in the US on H-1B visa. Adobe, Amazon, Apple, eBay, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, PayPal and Twitter are some of the other companies opposing the ban.   These companies say that most families would face financial trouble if work authorisation for spouses is revoked.  The decision on the H-4 visa will be taken by a federal judge in Washington soon.

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