Friday, March 24, 2023

FIIDS: Time is running out for fired H-1B professionals: FIIDS – Usky News

Washington: Time is running out for laid-off H-1B professionals as current laws require them to leave the country within 60 days of losing their jobs, leaving thousands of Indian tech workers and their family members with sleepless nights. Sleep will be disturbed.
The Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies said, “It has had a humanitarian impact on them, as their families, including their US-born children, have been suddenly uprooted, and those who were laid off from their jobs in the months before Time is running out.”FIIDS), which took up their matters with lawmakers and the federal administration, said in a statement on Friday.
When U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Considering their request to extend the existing timeline to 180 days, the process is likely to take some time, leaving these professionals with no option but to leave the country.
“FIIDS appeals USCIS, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to consider the request to expedite the extension of the grace period. FIIDS also appeals to elected officials, technical officials and community leaders to emphasize the need and urgency of extending the grace period, the foundation said in a media statement.
Since last year, more than 250,000 such professionals have been laid off in the United States. FIIDS said that number is rising with companies like Meta announcing another set of tens of thousands of layoffs.
It added, “A large number of these professionals are paying H-1B immigrants (estimated at 1,00,000), especially from India, who have been hired by another employer within 60 days of their H-1B filing.” Need to leave America if not found.” ,
Earlier this week, the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders recommended the federal government extend the grace period for H1-B workers who have lost their jobs, up from the current 60 days. For 180 days, the workers have ample opportunities to find a new job or other option.
It is now up to the White House to accept the recommendations. However, it may be too late for existing H-1B visa holders, who have lost their jobs since last October.
FIIDS, in its statement, thanked Senate Majority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer in his discussions with Indian American leaders on March 13 that the issue could be settled through an administrative process. It commended the White House initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians. , and Pacific Islanders (Whiaanhpi) for discussion and support for this extension at their meeting on 14 March.
“We also appealed to the House Subcommittee on Immigration, chaired by Congresswoman Pramila Jaipal to make a similar recommendation to USCIS,” it said.


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