Many people are sharing and getting scared by the headline of the BloombergQuint article today with the headline “Over 200,000 H-1B Workers Could Lose Legal Status by June“.
First things first, there is no need to panic if you still have your H1B job intact and are currently working.
The article’s claims are based on the fact the H1B workers get 60 days of time to find another H1B sponsor. They have estimated that about 200k H1B workers might lose their jobs due to Coronavirus recession and may not be able to find another sponsor by June end.
At this time, nothing has been announced by Trump’s Government to stop an H1B visa or block their entry to the US.
Bloomberg’s article talks about an estimated number of H1B workers and has nothing to do with Trump’s immigration Ban.
USCIS is accepting new H1B extension, amendment, and transfer applications at this time.
To our surprise, many H1B applications are being approved in record 2 to 6 weeks even when filed in regular processing.
H1B Furlough or Unpaid Leave
Furlough means unpaid leave, which incidentally is not allowed on H1B. Your employer is required to pay you even if you are a so-called ‘bench’.
Bloomberg’s story uses Indian origin dentist doctor’s stories to share the plight of workers who are currently living on the edge due to an unprecedented situation created by COVID-19. It is certainly difficult to find a new H1B sponsor if you lose your job.
That’s why they say that “Manasi Vasavada has less than three weeks left before she loses her legal right to be in the country”.
Calculate Your H1B 60 days Time
Bloomberg’s article is categorically talking about people who have been laid off by their H1B employer. In this situation, calculate how many days you have to find a new employer to keep staying in the US.
Indian News Sites Spreading H1B Fear
You will also see the same being copy-pasted in Indian news sites and channels in a few hours from now, spreading panic without telling you the real thing that Bloomberg’s article is trying to convey.
Incidentally, the same article has been republished by another news website called ‘MercuryNews‘.
Share this message within your group to keep their blood pressure low. Stay calm and do not fright over Indian news.