On H1B ... Got laid off ... feeling very dejected ...

BlackRock Lary
Jan 10 51 Comments

I got laid off today. Only 3% of the workforce did so clearly it is performance related or something even though the HR said No it’s not. Plus I wasn’t my managers favorite ( kind of from day 1 ) . I’ve been in the similar situation before but with age this feels more and more tiring ... personally 2018 was tough and therefore professionally I wasn’t at my best and I worked on a bunch of new technologies which created a learning curve. But I worked very hard after things settled down personally ... and yet this ...

Not sure if this is the best time to get laid off in ... how the market is .... specially as an immigrant on H1B ...

Also confused about the “60 days grace period” ... does it start from “last day at work” or “termination date” ( last date you’re paid for ) ?

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TOP 51 Comments
  • Amazon / Eng Vijay anna
    Best time to be laid off. So many good jobs out there buddy
    Jan 10 0
  • Amazon
    DaaamDoood

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    DaaamDooodmore
    Finally a wholesome blind thread. Wow! Never thought I’d live to see this day!
    Jan 10 0
  • Snapchat __dunder
    Sorry to hear this. Today was your last day? If you have some negotiation power, you might want to keep you on x payroll and let go equal amount of severance package. This way you can have 60 + xx days to find a job. Tell them bcoz premium processing is no longer there it takes longer to get new job and join. They might understand your immigration situation. I been in this situation and this is exactly what i did.
    Jan 10 9
    • Snapchat __dunder
      4 months. But, best to make sure.
      Jan 10
    • Walmart.com rand.randm
      Sorry to hear mate . Your 60 days will start from March. Since you are on payroll for 2 months they will keep your H1B.But get a legal consultation.
      Jan 10
    • Medallia mMwd74
      You can also ask them to reduce the payroll amounts but over longer period while you find another job. You should negotiate the separation date for as long as you can to give you ample time to find work. Explain it's because of your visa situation and most reasonable companies will be empathic. Good luck!
      Jan 10
    • BlackRock Lary
      OP
      I was kind of in a shock yesterday and didn’t negotiate .... I have lost all access to my employer’s resources but I have a few Points of contacts ... not sure if I can still negotiate...
      Jan 11
    • SAP quitsap
      Get a LinkedIn premium account. Apply . Find a better job . Join on receipt. All the best. If your based out of Bay Area or Seattle. You have lot of time . Try private hr firms like vettery or vertical move ( they have access to top companies) they can easily get u an interview.
      Jan 14
  • Citibank / Data
    bDGE50

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    bDGE50more
    First thing you should do is to find a consulting company who can take over your visa.
    Jan 10 2
    • Microsoft naaam
      Sound advice. Keep a backup
      Jan 10
    • LeanTaaS ♥️ data
      Citibank...you are so intelligent
      Jan 11
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    DaaamDoood

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    DaaamDooodmore
    Sorry to hear it buddy. If you feel depressed and need someone to talk to, just chat, I’ll be happy to help.
    Jan 10 0
  • Adaptive Insights Yahoo!!
    Sorry to hear that, forward me your resume, we have openings. Also the 60 day period starts from the last day you are paid. E.g I was laid off in February, but my last day was in April. I was in companies payroll, till April, so for me the grace period starts after April.
    Jan 10 3
    • BlackRock Lary
      OP
      Thanks ... that’s what I thought too but the paralegal I spoke to from my employees litigation team said it’s starts from the “last active employment date” which would mean March ...
      Jan 11
    • Adaptive Insights Yahoo!!
      I am 100% sure that’s not the case. Tell them you are still on company payroll?
      Jan 11
    • BlackRock Lary
      OP
      That’s what I asked the paralegal explicitly and yet the said otherwise ... they could be misinformed like most attorneys ... I know the grace period applies once per approved petition but does it continue to apply even if the employer withdraws the H1B in between ?
      Jan 12
  • Nvidia jesush
    Sorry man. I hope you find something else soon
    Jan 10 0
  • Your grace period starts after you are off of your company’s payroll. So you have four months to find a job. Pls check though. Good luck
    Jan 10 5
    • eBay gvcajn
      Are you sure on this?
      Jan 11
    • Stripe / Eng su4178
      No. Some lawyers disagree with that interpretation and the consensus is that it is usually the last “official” day of work. Whatever date they put in your severance.

      I would err on the side of caution and assume it’s whatever comes first.
      Jan 11
    • I came to know through my coworkers who were let go and on H1B at Cisco. It’s always good to check with a lawyer
      Jan 13
    • Stripe / Eng su4178
      I have also been laid off before on a work visa, and I asked 7 lawyers. Most seem to say it is your last day of employment.
      Jan 13
    • Thanks that’s good to know
      Jan 13
  • Toptal tulaimanas
    Sorry to hear that friend.
    Just be careful of where you apply, layoffs are everywhere! Eg: Cisco let go some 3k employees in last 4 yrs ( quiet affair)

    https://6figr.com/layoff/Cisco-Systems

    This site lists all california reported layoffs, quite helpful if you're surviving on H1b. Crosscheck this site to know layoff history of a particular company. Goodluck and Godspeed!
    Jan 11 0
  • Genesys PE9823
    I was in a similar situation in Dec of 2008 , I transfered my h1b to a consultant. But with new law I think you've some golden time in your hands. It's even not a bad idea to be flexible with pay range, job location, at this point your priority should be to find a sponsor as soon as you can and then perhaps later you can switch to an ideal job. Also, you may want to apply for transfer through multiple employers just to be safe. Good luck!
    Jan 10 0
  • F5 Networks / Eng etcd
    We are hiring. PM for referral.
    Jan 10 0
  • Indeed / Other
    TC1Billi

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    TC1Billimore
    Best of luck!
    Jan 10 0
  • BlackRock shfielsmv
    I know of many whom were let go yesterday. Definitely not performance related, so don’t let that get you down. Start prepping and applying like crazy. Jpm/gs is currently on hiring spree. Pm me if u need advice
    Jan 11 0
  • Cerner happy?
    Not sure, if you are bound by geography location, but Cerner is hiring crazily at all Engineering positions.

    Yes, Cerner does sponsor work visas.

    My Best wishes goes with you. Hope you figure things out soon.
    Jan 10 0
  • Salesforce lozere
    🙁 hold hope. Don't let this define you. Most of us have been there. It's shitty. Message me if you want a referral.
    Jan 10 0
  • Oracle doznuts
    Hope things work out for you man. Lots of good people here are offering help so I hope you get some leads soon. Wish I could help.
    Jan 10 0
  • Amazon iHzO26
    Don't feel down prep your resume maintain your confidence and start applying to lots of jobs you will find something better.make sure you have a good narrative for your unemployment. Stay confident you are great at what you do and you will find a higher paying job that is better.
    Jan 10 0
  • BlackRock Ikqf10
    Sorry to hear, one of my colleague got laid off today. It’s clearly not performance related. Hope you find a new job soon
    Jan 10 0
  • New rjmm27
    The market is currently doing a lot better than it will be in the future. Find something!
    Jan 10 1
    • Bank of America BRjH71
      Why future?
      Jan 10
  • Expedia exp4lyfe
    Good luck dude. Absolutely sucks to hear. Hope you figure it out.
    Jan 16 0