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Laid-Off H1-B Visa Holders Have Only Bad Options

Start-Up Sweats Out Visa Application as H-1B Lottery Looms

Hey, it’s Olivia. Back in April I wrote about how 200,000 foreign workers holding H-1B visas could lose their legal status by June. For many of them, that day has come. 

H-1B visas are temporary work permits given to individuals with specialized skills, and go overwhelmingly to people working in the tech industry. The visas are linked to the specific employer that sponsors them, and H-1B holders are only legally allowed to be in the U.S. for 60 days without being paid.