This is a very good article in The Washington Post about the problems facing 1000s of H-1B workers who have been laid off recently. Layoffs are difficult for everyone, but for H-1B workers, they can be catastrophic and result in "brain drain" leaving the U.S. to return to foreign countries. Many of these H-1B workers have received their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the U.S. and have worked here for over 10 years, have Green Card Applications pending (some for more than 10 years), and have U.S. citizen children. It makes no fiscal sense to force these well-educated, tax-paying workers to leave our country. We need better options for H-1B workers who are laid off. Sixty (60) days is not enough time.
On February 9, 2023, the Department of State announced in an article in Bloomberglaw.com that it would be launching a pilot program later in 2023 offering some foreign nationals the ability to renew specific H and L visas in the U.S., rather than at a U.S. Embassy abroad. Stateside Visa Revalidation is not new- it used to be in effect until 2004 when it was discontinued. More details will be forthcoming, but regardless, this is exciting news! LOJLS will continue to monitor and provide updates on these exciting changes.
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