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How You Can Learn From the Laid-Off H-1B Visa Holders Who Found New Jobs

July 6, 2023
If you’ve paid attention to the immigration scene in the United States recently, you’ve heard about the mass layoffs in the tech industry over the past year. As mega-corporations dealt with the long-term fallout of the pandemic, a somewhat unexpected result was the need to reduce jobs significantly, to the tune of tens of thousands of H-1B visa beneficiaries. These visa holders faced the serious threat of losing their status if they didn’t find a new job before the end of their grace period. Against the odds, 90% of visa holders were able to successfully navigate this challenge. How did they make this happen, and what can you learn from it as an H-1B visa employer or employee? Read on to find out.

Is There an H-1B Overuse in Tech and Outsourcing?

May 12, 2023
The H-1B visa program has been around for decades, helping American employers fill vacancies in professional fields with skilled foreign labor. By hiring the top talents overseas, these employers help boost the US economy and prevent supply chain issues due to gaps caused by open positions. But there are holes in the system that can be abused, and studies show this may be happening right now in tech industries and companies outsourcing labor. What’s going on in these industries, and how is it affecting the H-1B visa? Read on to find out.

How Laid-Off Tech H-1B Holders Are Staying in the US Legally

May 2, 2023
If you’ve paid attention to the immigration climate in the United States, you’ve heard about the massive layoffs in the tech sector. Many of these workers were H-1B visa holders who rely on steady employment to keep their legal status in the country. Per the H-1B visa’s terms, workers have 60 days to find another employer willing to sponsor their visa status, or they must return to their home country. But with so many people searching for work within similar industries, this is a challenging endeavor. However, a recent workaround may keep thousands of these laid-off tech workers in the US legally while they look for employment, even after their 60-day grace period ends by changing from an H-1B to a B-1 or B-2 visa.

The Background of H-1B Visa's Fiscal Year 2024

April 7, 2023
If you’re searching for a way to get into the United States from another country, you’ve come across an H-1B visa. This document is one of the most popular legal methods to live and work in the US, but it’s not for everyone. Congress established the initial program to attract skilled foreign labor to the country and boost the overall American economy. Since its inception, this visa category has evolved, but in general, it is used by US employers to hire skilled workers with specific traits and a bachelor’s or advanced degree. This coveted visa is always highly sought after, but Fiscal Year 2024 has the makings of a record-breaking number of petitions. What’s the scoop behind the demand? We’ll break down the background of FY 2024 here.

How Tech Layoffs Impact Your H-1B Lottery Chances

March 30, 2023
By now, you’ve heard about the tech layoffs in the US, and how they’ve impacted thousands of H-1B holders. This massive technological industry shift has created a domino effect felt by everyone else trying to obtain or renew their work visas. One of the ways it could impact you is through the H-1B lottery. How does the tech layoff problem change your lottery chances? Read on to find out.

What’s Going on in the Tech World?

March 20, 2023
As tech layoffs continue rising, many H-1B visa holders remain in limbo. Some are concerned that they’ll be the next to face the dreaded pink slip, while others are actively trying to look for a new employer to sponsor their visa. This problem extends to those seeking green cards, as labor certification approvals were recently paused. These delays in processing mean your H-1B visa deadline could expire before your green card application is entered into the system. What can you do while you wait? This article gives you some ideas to make this time in limbo more productive.

Here is When the 60 Day H-1B Grace Period Starts

January 4, 2023
Entering the US under an H-1B visa can be an exciting step on your career journey. But what happens when you lose the job that provides your reason for being in the country? The good news is that, unlike popular myths, you have a grace period of 60 days to find a new job or another way to stay where you are. When does this grace period start, and how does it work? We have the information you need to know here in this short article.

Understanding the H-1B Visa Debate and What It Means for You

December 14, 2022
The H-1B visa program is essential to foreign workers and the US economy. Just as vital as it is complex, there have been debates surrounding this system since its implementation decades ago. What are the latest changes in these debates, and how might they affect you? Read on to find out.

What to Do if Your H-1B Visa is Revoked

October 20, 2022
Getting your H-1B visa is an excellent step in your career, but what happens if it’s revoked while you’re in the United States? Can you and your family stay in your temporary home if you’re laid off? We’ll explain the laws and requirements about what you need to do if you face a visa revocation or layoff here.

Is There An H-1B Visa Grace Period?

September 19, 2022
You’ve done everything “by the book,” and you’re in the United States working under an H-1B visa. But, through no fault of your own, you’ve lost your job due to company issues or cost-cutting measures. In the past, this change in employment status meant an instant return to your home country. H-1B visa holders now have a grace period, which we’ll explain in this article.
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