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President Biden’s advisory subcommittee has recommended the US government extend the grace period from the current 60 days to 180 days for workers with F1-B visas. The committee says that the recommendation to extend the period is made so that the workers who have lost their jobs can have enough opportunities to find a new job.
Ajay Jain Bhutoria, a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Affairs, said on Tuesday that the Immigration Subcommittee had directed the Department of Homeland Security and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to issue H1- It is recommended to increase the grace period from 60 days to 180 days for B visa holders who have lost their jobs.
Bhutoria spoke about the challenges faced by the H1-B workers who have lost their jobs. He said the current 60-day period is not sufficient and many problems arise during this period, including finding a new job within a short time frame, complicated paperwork to change H1-B status and delays in USCIS processing.
As a result, many H1-B workers are forced to leave the country, which could lead to a loss of skilled labor to the United States, he told members of the advisory commission.
Bhutoria strongly advocated extending the grace period, citing the need to support highly skilled technical workers who he said are critical to the economic development of the United States. He further added that the expansion would give affected workers more time to find new employment opportunities and navigate the complex and time-consuming process of transferring their H-1-B status.
The recommendation of the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that those people who are in the EB-1, EB-2, EB-3 should be provided with an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and a travel document I-140 employment-based visa petitions have been approved and those who have been waiting five years or more for a visa have filed an application to adjust status.