Anyone get laid off while on a work visa during Covid? What did the days/weeks after look like for you? What did your agency do for you, if anything? A bit worried and trying to be prepared for the worst case.

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Some agencies won’t tell immigration right away. Some may let you take your severance as salary instead, to extend the end date. Goodby did that for a friend of mine in a previous round of layoffs. He was offered two months notice instead of two months severance. Plus the 60 days the government allows. And no, he didn’t have to work those days. Severance is legally negotiable, because in the US we don’t have “contracts”. Just at-will Agreements. So ask HR about your options the minute it happens. If it happens.

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Agencies won’t do anything for you.
After you loose your job you have 60 days to find a new job/sponsor. You can also reach out to an immigration attorney to find out if you can extend your stay or apply for a self sponsored visa.

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You should be able to convert to a B visa which buys you 6 months to figure out next steps

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