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Layoffs leave H-1B visa holders in limbo – and unsure whether to keep or sell their homes

Original post made on Jul 6, 2023

Silicon Valley's tech layoffs have left H-1B visa holders unsure whether to sell their homes as time runs out to find employment or face deportation.

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 6, 2023 at 3:59 pm

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This is very sad. The H1-B holders are people typically in technology looking to contribute to America's success and their own path to citizenship. The US immigration policy needs to be updated to encourage and attract highly educated and professional people. Canada and other countries use a ranking system to help qualify people for immigration and citizenship. The US, on the other hand, is stuck in the 1970s with a braindead lottery system based on your country of origin.

Posted by Jay
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 7, 2023 at 11:19 am

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As a US born Silicon Valley engineer we should extend the H1-B timeline only on condition we also make the criteria for getting a tech visa more sane. We’re being sold a bill of goods by the big tech companies in many cases, hiring so many foreign workers where Americans could fill these high paying jobs with some training. I have worked with so many H1-B visa holders doing IT work largely from India but also China that are not doing anything we could not do with a domestic labor force. US citizens in low paying jobs should be given more help to level up before we import so many people. we have to stop trusting the Googles, and Metas to do the best thing. So often we’re displacing the potential of our own citizens.

Posted by Leslie Bain
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 10, 2023 at 1:14 pm

Leslie Bain is a registered user.

Great comments, Jay. The H1-B program is too often used by rich corporations as a way to deflate wages for American workers, instead of being restricted to those with special skills in short supply.

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