H4 EAD extension pending - About to lose my job

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Mar 11 31 Comments

I have a 4 year technical bachelors degree and have been a technical recruiter for about 6.5 years now out of which, 2 years I have worked in US for Microsoft and Amazon as a Contractor. My current EAD expires this week and the extension has not yet come through. What are my options?

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  • Google hooli.xyz
    U.S. doesn’t need any more “technical” recruiters, especially from shady staffing/consulting firms.
    Mar 119
    • Amazon / HR
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      Which of the 2 seem to be a shady staffing firm to you? Microsoft or Amazon?
      Mar 11
    • Google hooli.xyz
      You said you are a contractor so none of those two is your real employer. Who signs your paycheck? What is the name of the company that shows up on your W-2?
      Mar 11
    • Microsoft Dr. Root
      I'd have to agree with hooli on this one. Amazon is not your employer. You're merely a contractor so stop acting entitled. Recruiting is not exactly rocket science and you don't need any degree to send a couple of emails. (And I bet, your degree is in a completely unrelated field). Be grateful that you had a job.
      Mar 11
    • LinkedIn Blimp!
      @hooli and @Root why so bitter or butthurt ?

      The OP is working legally here and asking a valid question for her problem. She did not ask for your judgments. If you have problems with immigration raise it in an appropriate forum.

      Just FYI, an H4 ead can work as a direct or indirect contractor legally. Further for most recruiter roles, companies hire ppl directly on contract.
      Mar 11
    • Google hooli.xyz
      It is misleading and dishonest to say your employer is Amazon even though in reality your employer is a staffing or consulting firm.

      And technical recruiters are a dime a dozen. I can’t see any justification on why we need foreigners for those roles. Recruiting is not a specialized skill that U.S. companies have a hard time finding.
      Mar 11
    • LinkedIn Blimp!
      How do you know it is consulting firm ? How are you sure Op is not directly employed as a contractor in Amazon ?

      Also what if she is a contractor ? H4 EADs are allowed to work as a contractor. If you don’t like foreigners in that bring that issue in some appropriate forum.

      Here OP is asking for a suggestions on how handle her situation. She is not asking your opinions about foreigners working in US
      Mar 11
    • Amazon / HR
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      So I am on a Contract to Hire arrangement and you must actually meet the insanely talented Amazon recruiters who can even teach you some coding. They are so passionate and curious to learn that some of them even have nano degrees in machine/deep learning and if everybody becomes a techie, who will recruit?
      I heard no job is looked down upon in US, doesn’t seem to be true.
      You don’t feel bad when immigrants pay heavy taxes so that US Citizens can get unemployment and other benefits then why would you feel bad when we earn ourselves a comfortable life?
      Mar 11
    • Google hooli.xyz
      @Blimp!

      The reason I know is that most of the large tech companies nowadays seldom do direct contracts. There is usually a middleman, a staffing agency or a consulting firm. This is to reduce the chance of co-employment issues (which Microsoft got sued back in the 90’s).

      OP’s later post confirms this: “So I am on a Contract to Hire arrangement”.

      I don’t really care if OP is a contractor or not with regards to the visa. My point is that one has to be truthful about who is their employer and stop providing misleading facts.
      Mar 11
    • Google hooli.xyz
      @AMZNGHR

      I am not looking down on any job. I am merely trying to get to the truth of the matter.

      Also make everyone aware that technical recruiting is not a role that companies find hard to staff.

      Visas in the H category are for jobs that not enough Americans can fill and therefore have to find talent outside the country. H4 is the gray area where one can argue takes jobs from hard-working Americans and gives the jobs to foreigners for lesser pay.

      Why give a technical recruiting job to a foreigner when an American can do the work just as easily? The barrier of entry to a technical recruiting career is not as high as engineering and doesn’t require a technical degree. Those are simple facts. Again, I am not trying to offend anyone, just merely stating the facts.

      You still haven’t answered my previous questions: Who signs your paycheck? What is the name of the company that shows up on your W-2?
      Mar 11
  • Homeaway ppMg64
    Options? Sit at home and cook food for your wife/husband!! 😁
    Mar 113
    • Amazon / HR
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      That I can do while working also. Don’t you cook for yourself? Too bad if you don’t and still think of yourself as “self dependent”
      Mar 11
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      “That I can do while working also” <- Not after this week you can’t 😁
      Mar 11
    • Homeaway ppMg64
      Besides, don’t get too worked up. I am simply trolling you
      Mar 11
  • Lose not loose.
    Mar 111
    • Amazon / HR
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      I hope you had a suggestion about my problem rather than pointing out a typo. I now start to wonder if this App is doing any good to mankind. If you don’t have a suggestion, you can also choose to stay shut!
      Mar 11
  • Amazon kuchnai
    Indefinite “leave of absence” is the only way. LOA stops payroll so you won’t be illegal. The idea is you can’t be paid. So no vacation, no sick days only LOA.
    Mar 110
  • Amazon dimyung pi
    Talk to your employer about unpaid leave or vacation days until you get one. This is going to be hard financially but you may be able to keep your position without impacting the employer.
    Mar 110
  • LinkedIn Blimp!
    Unpaid leave or how about working from Canada for a few days?

    And how come it is not approved in time ? Didn’t you apply 180 days before expiry ?
    Mar 113
    • Amazon kuchnai
      Working from Canada won’t help. The US payroll needs to stop. It won’t be illegal, but it can raise questions later in life. Personally I wouldn’t risk it and go for LOA.
      Mar 11
    • LinkedIn Blimp!
      I meant working from Canada implies US payroll will stop
      Mar 11
    • Advice against it since it will create headache in taxes. This is good advice if you’ve messed up in h1b only
      Mar 11
  • Amazon / HR
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    Mine is in process since Feb 1st. I assumed H1B extension should be approved before applying for EAD extension and wasn’t aware that irrespective of H1B extension H4 EAD extension can be filed in parallel.
    Mar 112
    • Seattle Genetics TaAW26
      So is your Spouse's visa approved? If, only H4 EAD approval is pending for you, then the current timeline for that is around 2-3 months according to a recent thread. You are already half way there. So you may need to take a break until you receive your EAD in hand.
      Mar 11
    • Groupon kdkana
      Wouldn’t you have applied for a H4 extension while your spouse had H1B extension? You could renew your EAD during the H4 extension even if its outside the 3month extension window. Its usually the fastest way to get it approved. My wife received her EAD in 2 weeks last year(H1B premium was available then). If you have applied feb1st I then give it one more month
      Mar 11
  • How long is an h4 EAD extension taking these days?
    Mar 110
  • Seattle Genetics TaAW26
    There is not much you can do here....... couple of my friends were in the same boat. They had to take a break and join after visa was approved. Depending on how long it takes for the Visa to get approved, you may or may not get to go back to your current job (depends on the employer's/client's flexibility). But H4 EAD folks never have trouble finding a new job anyway.
    Mar 110
  • Adobe xbid57
    Someone in Amazon about to lose their job. Never heard that one before.
    Mar 110
  • Indeed NnIn10
    Sick leave?
    Mar 110
  • Groupon ihmdkv
    You don’t have much legal options. Talk to your employer about a break for 2weeks and hope you would get your EAD by then
    Mar 110
  • H4 depends the visa?
    Mar 110

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