The ongoing layoff waves could sweep thousands of tech workers out of the country, as more than 200,000 temporary foreign worker visas expire
- Any young job-hunter faces tough odds in the current sinking economy, as thousands of workers compete for a waning number of open jobs while the bills pile up.
- But the pressures are much greater for laid-off employees here on foreign worker visas, who have to land a job within a matter of weeks (at most a few months) or else leave the country.
- Leaving carries many consequences for foreign laid-off workers: They could be exposed to the deadly coronavirus infection on their flight home, and bring a heavy student debt burden to a country where they may struggle to pay it off. They could even be blocked from re-entering their home countries, thanks to pandemic control measures.
- Business groups who say they need these workers are petitioning the government to extend deadlines and legal statuses for visa-holders. So far, the government has advised stranded H-1B holders to petition to file for an extension of status, or a change of status.
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The odds are against any young job-hunter right now: Companies are laying off thousands of employees, or at the very least freezing new hires, as the pandemic continues to strangle business activity. …continued .
[Source: Business Insider]