Big relief for Indians: US court refuses to strike down work permits for H1B spouses

Big relief for Indians: US court refuses to strike down work permits for H1B spouses

Early this year, Trump government started the process to ban work permit for the spouses of H1B visa holders. And this move has been affecting thousands of Indians. The government has also stated the reason that American citizens would be having higher chances to get a job than H4 holders.

Now, the latest news of the US court refusing to strike down the rule of allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in America has come as a big relief. Former President Barack Obama has issued in 2015 which allowed work permits for certain categories of H-4 visa holders, primarily spouses of those having H-1B work visas waiting for their Green Card, to work in the US. And, this golden rule under Obama's presidency has been a profound benefit for Indian women especially, accounting for over 93% of the one lakh visas issued.

Now, after Trump's repeated threatening to revoke the provision of H4 visa, the federal court said "Accordingly, we reverse the district court's grant of summary judgment and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion," in its order on the lawsuit filed by Saves Jons USA.  As per reports, Indians are among the biggest beneficiaries of the H1B visa with 76% of the total visas issued going to professionals from India last year. The judges also observed that the rule will cause more H–1B visa holders to remain in the US.