The Donald Trump administration’s move to curb H-1B visas in the US, widely used by foreign technology workers, avoided an initial court challenge.
The June 22 announcement by US President Donald Trump declared foreign workers a risk to the US labor market and began pushing away from workers and business groups due to the coronavirus epidemic. An array of the nation’s largest tech companies warned that the policy would “cause irreparable harm to businesses and the nation’s economy.”
But in a ruling on Wednesday, US District Judge Amit Mehta in Washington refused to ban the administration. Visa ban While they face a legal challenge.
The case was brought up by a group of 169 Indian nationals who had recently moved back to India after being in the US on work visas and are now attempting to return. He argued that the announcement was “arbitrary and scary” and called on the government to process their visa applications.
Lawyers for the plaintiff did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But they said in a petition filed in the court that they would appeal.
The President’s Visa Order is submitted at the end of the year through new H-1B and H-4 visas, widely used by technology workers and their families, as well as L visas for intracompany transfers and work. Most J Visa – and study-abroad programs for.
The ruling on Wednesday this month was the second time that Mr Mehta has refused a request to suspend the proclamation. As he did in a September 4 ruling in a case relating to a group of visa applicants, Mr. Mehta found that Indian workers fell short of a higher legal limit for an order to block the decree during trial proceedings.
In both cases, the judge concluded that the plaintiff was unlikely to succeed in showing that Trump exceeded his authority with a proclamation.
A separate federal judge in Oakland, California, is weighing another request to block the decree from trade groups, including the US Chamber of Commerce.
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