The US has announced that individuals traveling to the country on business or tourist visas – B-1 and B-2 – can apply for new jobs and even attend interviews, but will be barred from hiring potential employees. must ensure that they have changed their visa status first. starting a new role.
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B-1 and B-2 visas are commonly referred to as B visas, and they are the most common types of visas issued in the United States for a wide range of uses. B-1 visas are issued primarily for short-term business travel, while B-2 visas are issued primarily for travel for tourism purposes.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a note and a series of tweets on Wednesday that when non-immigrant workers are laid off, they are not aware of their options and, in some cases, the wrong ones. Let’s assume that they have no choice. Option but to leave the country within 60 days.
The USCIS move comes at a time when thousands of highly skilled foreign-origin workers, including Indians, have lost their jobs in the US due to a series of recent layoffs at companies such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
They are now struggling to find new employment within the prescribed 60 days period under their work visa after termination of their employment to stay in the country.
The maximum 60-day grace period begins the day after termination of employment, which is typically determined based on the last day for which wages or salaries are paid.
When a nonimmigrant worker’s employment is terminated, either voluntarily or involuntarily, they may generally take one of several actions if they are eligible to remain in the United States for the period of authorized stay.
These include filing an application for a change of nonimmigrant status; filing an application for adjustment of status; filing an application for a “compelling circumstances” employment authorization document; or being a beneficiary of a non-trivial petition for change of employer.
USCIS states, “If one of these actions occurs within the 60-day exemption period, the nonimmigrant’s authorized stay in the United States may exceed 60 days, regardless of their previous nonimmigrant status.” Lose the position.”
If the employee does not take action within the grace period, they and their dependents may be required to leave the United States within 60 days or upon the expiration of their authorization period, whichever is less.
“Many people have asked if they can seek new employment in a B-1 or B-2 position. The answer is yes. Seeking employment and interviewing for a position permitted in a B-1 or B-2 in activities.” USCIS said in a series of tweets.