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USC joins lawsuit opposing H-1B visa changes

Two proposed rules would restrict career opportunities for H-1B visa holders and make it more difficult for them to retain critical jobs they already hold, with serious consequences for international scholars.

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Thousands of H-1B visas are issued every year to highly skilled foreign workers. (Photo/iStock)

USC is joining a group of leading research, educational and economic institutions in a lawsuit challenging new federal guidelines that would restrict work opportunities for certain visa holders.

Two recently proposed rules, which were issued without opportunity for public comment, would restrict career opportunities for H-1B visa holders, and make it more difficult for them to retain eligibility for critical jobs they already perform.

“These actions would have serious consequences for international scholars across America,” USC President Carol L. Folt said in an email to the university community that was distributed Monday.

At USC, H-1B visa holders use their highly specialized expertise and knowledge to advance work that fuels innovation, serves the public good and saves lives.

“Our country benefits immensely from the work of uniquely talented and innovative people who come from around the world,“ Folt said.

Folt continued: “Nothing matters more than the well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We will continue advocating strongly for them.”

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