60 days pause in H1B spouses case, lose right to work in US

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Washington: The Trump government has asked for a 60-day pause in the H1B spouses case to allow incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues.

While the move by the Obama administration during its last phase was welcomed by the large H-1B community which mainly included Indians, several American groups challenged this decision in a federal court at Washington DC.

On 1 February, the Department of Justice had filed an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit entitled “Consent motion to hold proceedings in abeyance for 60 days”. The government has asked for a 60-day pause in the case to “allow incoming leadership personnel adequate time to consider the issues.”

In a statement, Immigration Voice on Tuesday said that this is “especially concerning” because Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when he was a US Senator, called the H-4 Rule a “change (in) immigration law in a way that hurts American workers.”

“There is nothing for the Department of Justice attorneys to confer with their leadership about given the District Court’s clear decision stating that this case had no basis for ever being filed,” said Aman Kapoor, president of Immigration Voice.

The recent statements from the government present an unacceptable risk for Immigration Voice members that DOJ might decide after 60 days to adopt the position of Save Jobs USA.

“Any failure to provide the strongest possible defence of the District Court’s decision risks establishing a precedent prohibiting H-4 visa holders from working under the current statutory regime. Under these circumstances, Immigration Voice felt compelled to act to protect the existing and future work permits of our members,” Kapoor said.

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