Posted on May 23, 2021

Google Defends Work Visas for 90,000 Immigrants

Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, May 14, 2021

Google has taken a public stand in support of immigration rights via a court filing Friday that seeks to protect the ability to work in the U.S. for some 90,000 immigrants, the vast majority of whom are women.

Google led a coalition of tech companies in filing an amicus brief (or so-called “friend of the court” document) that supports work authorization for the partners of high-skilled workers who enter the U.S. on H-1B visas.

The filing relates to a years-long legal attempt to end the H-4 EAD program, which provides work authorization for spouses of those on the H-1B visa, which is commonly used in the tech industry.

“In other words, it seeks to end the ability of highly-skilled immigrants’ partners from working in the United States,” Catherine Lacavera, Google’s vice president of legal, wrote in a blogpost Friday. She added that the H-4 EAD program provides work authorization to more than 90,000 people, more than 90% of whom are women.


More than two dozen companies — including Amazon, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Reddit more industry leaders — have joined the amicus brief.


The ongoing litigation the amicus brief relates to stems from a lawsuit initially filed in 2015 by a group of American workers who argue they lost their jobs to foreign workers due to the visa program. {snip}