Microsoft has a major change in green card policy likely due to lay-off
Reconsider if you want to join this company. Now they stopped perm program, and anyone who has sufficient time left in their h1b or has a pd from previous employer will be depriotized in their queue. Delay could be 1-2 years. Their immigration team and leadership has no transparency on this major change, and refuse to response to employee inquiries. If you have a Microsoft offer or thinking about moving here when still on visa, please be aware your green card process will be significantly delayed as compared to joining other companies.
There has been history that Microsoft internally paused perm for one year when they need to lay-off people. They constantly do this almost now and then, and in secrete. The stories weren’t publicated to outside audiences so innocent people become victims of this ill policy again and again. These people could have a brighter future and well planned career and life elsewhere.