Left Jobless, Over 50,000 Indian IT Workers Scramble For Options To Stay In The US

Thousands of Indian IT professionals in the US who have lost their jobs due to a recent string of layoffs at companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon, are now seeking employment within the period stipulated by their work visas to stay in the country. I am having trouble finding a new job. .

according to Washington PostAbout 200,000 IT workers have been laid off since last November, including record figures at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon.

According to some industry insiders, 30% to 40% of them are IT professionals in India, and a significant number of them hold H-1B and L1 visas.

The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to place foreign workers in specialized occupations that require 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 significant number of Indian IT professionals with non-immigrant work visas such as H-1B and L1 are seeking options to stay in the US and find new jobs within the stipulated months. are fighting A work visa after losing your job and changing your status of residence.

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.

Another H-1B IT professional, Sita (renamed), was fired from Microsoft on January 18th.

she is a single mother. Her son is a senior 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 most vulnerable,” said FIIDS’ Khande Rao Kand.

A furloughed H-1B holder must find work with an H-1B sponsor within 60 days or resign within 10 days of becoming disqualified.

“This will create huge disruptions to the family life of legal immigrants who pay and contribute this tax, their children’s education, etc.,” said Khando.

Butria said redesigning the immigration process to better support H-1B workers and keep highly skilled workers in the United States would be beneficial.

In deep distress, laid-off Indian IT workers have formed various WhatsApp groups to find a way out of their dire situation.

One WhatsApp group has over 800 unemployed Indian IT workers with vacancies 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 situations are devastating and nerve-wracking for us immigrants,” said Rakesh (name changed), who was fired from Microsoft on Thursday. I am in America.

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.

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