Since November of last year, about 200,000 IT professionals have lost their jobs, setting new records at firms like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon.
Following the termination of their employment to remain in the country, thousands of Indian IT professionals working in the US who lost their jobs as a result of recent layoffs at companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are now battling to find new employment within the time frame allowed by their work visas.
Since November of last year, approximately 200,000 IT employees have lost their jobs, including some record amounts at firms like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon.
Some industry insiders estimate that between 30 and 40% of them are Indian IT experts, many of whom are on H-1B and L1 visas.
A non-immigrant visa called the H-1B permits US businesses to hire foreign nationals for specialised jobs that need for theoretical or technical competence. It is essential to the hiring of tens of thousands of workers each year from nations like China and India by technology businesses.
Many Indian IT professionals who are on non-immigrant work visas like the H-1B or L1 are currently looking for ways to stay in the US after losing their employment and changing their visa status in order to find a new job within the allotted few months time under these foreign work visas.
For individuals on H-1B visas, the issue is growing worse because they must find a new job within 60 days or face being forced to return to India.
In an effort to assist these IT workers, the Global Indian Technology Professionals Association (GITPRO) and Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) launched a community-wide initiative on Sunday that connects job searchers with recruiters and informers. FIIDS will focus on initiatives to influence US Citizenship and Immigration Services policymakers and decision-makers (USCIS).
For computer professionals, January 2023 has been particularly difficult due to widespread layoffs in the sector. Numerous people with skill lost their jobs. They are most affected since Indian immigrants dominate the tech sector, according to Khande Rao Kand.
The most recent Google move to pause their Green Card procedure just makes things worse for Indian IT workers. This is largely due to the fact that they cannot be seen arguing before the USCIS that they require a foreign IT specialist as a permanent resident at a time when they have sacked thousands of people. It is anticipated that more businesses would do the same.