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Tech Industry Urges U.S. to Keep Work Permits for H-1B Spouses

  • DHS plans to seek end to Obama rule allowing work eligibility
  • More than 104,000 spouses allowed to work under H-4 visas
An employee passes the Google Inc. offices in Mountain View, California.

An employee passes the Google Inc. offices in Mountain View, California.

Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Business and tech industry groups -- representing Amazon.com Inc., Google, Visa Inc. and other companies -- are urging the Trump administration not to halt work authorizations for spouses of immigrants who have specialty worker H-1B visas and are seeking permanent residency.

The request, in a letter late Wednesday, comes as the Department of Homeland Security plans to issue a proposal to remove the work eligibility of these spouses of H-1B holders, according to its Fall 2017 agenda. The industry groups said they expect the move next month. It would be one of the agency’s early steps to regulate high-skilled immigration as Congress debates other immigration issues, such as the status of refugees and undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.