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US moves to ease H-1B spouses from jobs

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Washington: The Trump Administration has sought 60 days to respond to a court case that challenges the decision of the previous Obama Administration to authorise spouses of H-1B holders to work in the US.

It has now come to light that the new administration’s Department Of Justice (DOJ) has filed a brief in the Washington DC court of appeals seeking a 60-day freeze in a case involving employment authorisation for H-4 visa holders, who are primarily dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders.

Thousands of Indian spouses come in this category, and they won a hard fought permission to work in America in February 2015, when the Obama administration issued a rule through the department of homeland security allowing eligible spouses to be employed while the H-1B visa-holder awaits the receipt of his/her lawful permanent residency card (green card).

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