Thousands of Indian IT professionals in the US who lost their jobs due to a recent string of layoffs at companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now looking for new jobs within a stipulated period after their work visas expire. I’m having trouble finding it. Employment to stay in the country. Nearly 200,000 of his IT workers have been laid off since last November, according to The Washington Post, a record number at companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. According to some industry insiders, 30-40% of them are his IT professionals in India, a significant number of whom have his H-1B and L1 visas.
The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in professional occupations requiring theoretical or technical expertise. Tech companies rely on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries such as India and China. L-1A and L-1B visas are intended for temporary intracompany transferees with managerial or specialized knowledge. A large number of Indian IT professionals who have non-immigrant work visas such as H-1B and L1 visas are required to stay in the US and find a new job within a stipulated period of months. Fighting for choices. Change of foreign work visa and status of residence after losing a job.
Amazon staffer Zita (renamed) arrived in the US just three months ago. This week she was told her March 20th was her last day of work. H-1B visas make things worse because you have 60 days to find a new job. Otherwise we have no choice but to go back to India. In the current situation, with all IT companies trying to get you a job in that short period of time, it feels almost impossible. Her IT professional, Sita (renamed), another one of her H-1B visa holders, was fired from Microsoft on January 18th. she is a single mother. Her son is a sophomore in high school and preparing to enter college. “This situation is really hard for us,” she said.
“It is unfortunate that thousands of technical employees are facing layoffs, especially those who hold H-1B visas, finding new jobs and transitioning visas within 60 days of being laid off. We face additional challenges because we have to have to, otherwise we risk leaving the country,” said Ajay Jain Bhutoria, an entrepreneur and community leader based in “This can have devastating consequences for families, such as selling real estate or interrupting children’s education. It would be beneficial to show special consideration to the employee and extend the dismissal date by a few months.
The Global Indian Technology Professionals Association (GITPRO) and the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) launched on Sunday a community that seeks to help IT professionals by connecting job seekers with job referrals and informants. We have started the whole process. FIIDS works to influence policymakers and decision makers in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). “January 2023 has been brutal for tech professionals with massive layoffs in the tech industry. Many talented people have lost their jobs. They are the most affected because they are the
A furloughed H-1B holder must find work with an H-1B sponsor within 60 days or resign within 10 days of becoming disqualified. FIIDS’ Khande Rao Kand said, “This will cause major disruption to the family life, children’s education, etc. of legal immigrants who pay and contribute this tax. Butria will redesign the immigration process. said it would be beneficial to better support H-1B workers and retain a highly skilled workforce in the United States.
Laid-off Indian IT workers, in deep pain, have formed various WhatsApp groups to find a way out of the dire situation they find themselves in. One WhatsApp group has over 800 unemployed Indian IT workers moving between themselves. Vacancies appearing in the country. In another group, they are discussing various visa options, and an immigration lawyer volunteered to provide consultancy services during this time. “These circumstances are devastating and nerve-wracking for us immigrants. Rakesh (renamed) said Thursday he was fired from Microsoft. I am in the US on a visa.
Adding to the woes of Indian IT professionals is Google’s latest decision to suspend green card processing. This is largely because they are not seen arguing before USCIS that they need foreign IT professionals as permanent residents when they lay off thousands of employees. is expected to follow.