Lay off from H1b job

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So the nightmare became a reality for me last week.

I am in US on h1b since 2012.. As with everyone else, even though I have i140 approved, I ended up losing the job before I could get GC.. 

So, I may get a job offer in a few weeks if I am lucky, as I am in talks with a company and they seem to have liked my profile so far.  

To lay the foundation of my question:

I was with big Indian IT company when I came here.

I jumped & joined a desi company. 

Then I jumped to the end client (thinking it can't get better than this).but after working with them for 6 years, I was let go. 

My question is: if I get offer from a consulting firm(not talking about desi companies but like TCS cognizant), should I join them? or should I join desi consultancy and do corp to corp with the TCS etc.. So it will be Client-Vendor-Vendor.. I can understand for those who have not gone through being let go from job while on Visa status, this may be a no brainer question.. Because I talked to a couple of people but they were never let go, so they suggested to go for end client, their logic: they will not let you go easily (False, it happened to me), Their Visa approval is more easy.(There is some truth to it). I don't know what to say.. their is danger every where, unless you are not permanent. We don't really have any choice, but to act per our experience.

but being with a desi consultant gives you a sense of security, if I lose the project, I can search for a new project, without the headache of worrying about my Visa status. I was lucky, I got notice period, I could have been let go same day as well who knows.. What do you think? opinions and logic.. I have heard and seen all sort of stories, from being let go, to DUIs where cops catch you and deport you..even with end clients, things can go wrong in many ways..It is just a nightmare in US Visa system especially if you are from India... Note: even desi consultancies get their H1bs approved.. I was in a Vendor- Vendor-Client position earlier and the Visa was approved. I got carried away by all the online forums and did a jump and here I am.


What do you think? Is there someone who has been fired or let go from their H1b job previously?

Edited by gareebbhartiye
Removing some sensitive information which might have identified me
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It is funny to see to what extent people go to justify desi consulting companies. Do they pay on bench??? Of course not, because they don't have the money for that. If they don't pay on bench you become illegal. Not even a day grace period. They have to lay you off, so the same thing every other company does. Them fraudulently not paying makes things way worse for you.

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For you the most important thing right now is to find a job and get a H1 approved before you are out of status. You can go with any kind of company (consulting/Full time), by now you know there is nothing permanent. You can sit and argue for both sides all day, but only thing that matters is who is willing to offer you a job now. Good Luck!



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On 12/31/2019 at 3:13 PM, gareebbhartiye said:

, I ended up losing the job before I could get GC.. 

I was in your situation sometime back. Its not uncommon and many people have gone through the same phase you are in now. but you need to be prepared all the time specially in America when you are on H1b visa. Considering 60 days grace period either it be full time/contract, job is important. Find a job asap and start working. Once you get back to work , look for better options.  

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  • 2 months later...

Thanks for responses. So, I got an offer from a big consulting firm and I have accepted it. they are processing my LCA/H1B. They also have a client project. So, I will be getting paid from day 1. I also got offer from a desi company, they also want to do my H1B, of course they do not have a project currently. The big consulting firm has. Can I do H1B with both? I am concerned if the desi H1B gets denied or something comes up there in form of RFE, USCIS may flag me for extra scrutiny which can impact the H1B with consulting firm. what do you say? Things will become clear in next 7 days or so, since by then I will hopefully have Receipt number from the consulting firm. I told desi company to hold off for now. Since, I do not want some sort of RFE with them which may impact my other H1B. Please advice.

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