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Big Tech Enters Visa Fray to Save Jobs for Spouses of Foreign Workers


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Companies are challenging an attempt to end the ability of highly-skilled immigrants' partners from working in the United States.

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Big Tech is wading into a legal fight over visas in an attempt to preserve jobs of spouses of its foreign employees who are working in the U.S.

Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Google, Microsoft Corp., and more than 20 other companies and organizations on Friday (May 14) urged a federal court in Washington to reject a lawsuit seeking to eliminate work authorization for more than 90,000 H-4 visa holders.

Eliminating H-4 visas "would not only siphon off U.S. gross domestic product, but gift that productivity — and the innovation that comes with it — to other nations, harming America's global economic competitiveness into the future," the group said in an amicus brief.

The filing said that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2015 issued visas to spouses of more than 580,000 highly skilled workers who live in the U.S. on H-1B visas.

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