Highlights: B1 and B2 visa holders can apply for jobs in US and appear for job interviews
- Individuals travelling to the US on B1 and B2 visa can now apply for new jobs.
- Appearing for job interviews is also permissible for non-immigrants.
- Candidates must Candidates need to change their visa status as ‘employment-authorized’ before joining a new role.
- USCIS also extends the non-immigrant’s period of authorized stay more than 60 days.
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Huge Step for non-immigrant workers who lost their jobs due to layoffs
In a series of tweets, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that individuals on a US business visa or US tourist visa, i.e., B1 and B2 visa, are now eligible to apply for a new role. Additionally, they can appear for an interview for a prospective job to work in US.
The USCIS’ move came as good news for thousands of who have lost their jobs due to layoffs and changed their visa status to B1 and B2 visa to stay in the US.
Eligibility Criteria for Job Search on B1 and B2 Visa
Before applying any new job, all B1 and B2 visa holders should:
- Get a petition and change of status approval from B-1 or B-2 visa to an employment-authorized status.
- Ensure that the new status takes effect before commencing the new job in US.
*Please note that if the status change request is rejected, the individual must leave the country and re-enter with a valid employment-authorized status.
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