The US has announced that anybody entering the nation on a B-1 or B-2 business or tourist visa may apply for new positions and even participate in job interviews, but they must first change their visa status before beginning a new position.
The most prevalent forms of visas given in the United States for a variety of purposes are B-1 and B-2 visas, sometimes referred to as “B visas.” While the B-2 visa is primarily provided for travel for tourist, the B-1 visa is typically issued for brief business trips.
The move by the USCIS came as thousands of highly skilled foreign-born workers, including Indians, in the US, have lost their jobs due to a series of recent layoffs at companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon.
They are now struggling to find new employment within the stipulated 60- day period under their work visas following the termination of their employment to stay in the country.
The maximum 60-day grace period starts the day after termination of employment, which is typically determined based on the last day for which a salary or wage is paid.
Two Indian-American organisations had launched an online petition last month, urging US President to extend the grace period of H-1B visas holders.