WASHINGTON - In what appears to be a big relief for foreign workers in the US tech industry, a judge has ruled that the spouses of H-1B visa holders can now work in the country.
Tanya Chutkan, a US District Judge, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Save Jobs USA, which aimed to repeal the Obama-era regulation that permitted employment authorization cards to spouses of certain categories of H-1B visa holders.
Tech giants like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft opposed the lawsuit as well as scores of immigrants who thought it as denting a blow to their financial health. As far as statistics are concerned, almost 100,000 work authorizations have been issued by the US to spouses of H-1B workers.
In his ruling, the judge stated that Congress had empowered the US Government to authorize employment as a permissible condition for H-4 spouses' stay in the United States.
On the other hand, Save Jobs USA argued that Congress had not allowed the Department of Homeland Security the authority to permit foreign nationals, such as H-4 visa holders, to work during their stay in the United States.
The judge did not seem convinced and stated that both the explicit and implicit congressional ratification of that practice, as well as decades of executive-branch practice, run headlong into the text of the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The fact that the federal government has had longstanding and open responsibility for authorizing employment for similar visa classes further manifests Congress' approval of it exercising that authority, she said.
The judge stated in her ruling that the Department of Homeland Security and its predecessors have 'authorized employment not just for students, but also for their spouses and dependents'.
The advocates for immigrant rights have lauded the ruling stating that it would provide much needed relief to families who have been struggling financially; however, Save Jobs USA has vowed to challenge the verdict.
What is H-1 B Visa
As explained earlier, the H-1B program allows companies and other employers in the United States to temporarily hire foreign workers in occupations that require the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.
H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, business specialties, accounting, law, theology, and the arts.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on May 29, 2023 (Monday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||381||384.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.6||36.95|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||176.98||178.98|
KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 235,800 on Monday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs202,160.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Karachi||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Islamabad||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Peshawar||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Quetta||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Sialkot||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Attock||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Gujranwala||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Jehlum||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Multan||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Gujrat||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Nawabshah||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Chakwal||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Hyderabad||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Nowshehra||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Sargodha||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Faisalabad||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
|Mirpur||PKR 235,800||PKR 2,505|
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