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Tourist, Business Visa Holders Can Apply For Jobs In US; Here’s All You Need To Know


Washington: In a welcoming move for Indians traveling to the United States on a business or tourist visa – B-1, B-2 can now apply for new jobs and even appear for interviews, announced on Wednesday by the federal agency.

All You Need To Know

  • Answering a question if looking for a job is permissible in B-1 or B-2 status, USCIS said that “The answer is, yes. Searching for employment and interviewing for a position are permissible B-1 or B-2 activities.”
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in a series of tweets added that “when nonimmigrant workers are laid off, they may not be aware of their options and may, in some instances, wrongly assume that they have no option but to leave the country within 60 days.”
  • The maximum 60-day grace period starts the day after termination of employment, which is typically determined based on the last day for which a salary or wage is paid.
  • The options include: File an application for a change of nonimmigrant status, File an application for adjustment of status, File an application for a “compelling circumstances” employment authorization document, Be the beneficiary of a nonfrivolous petition to change employer.
  • According to reports, the USCIS said that before beginning any new employment, a petition and request for a change of status from B-1 or B-2 to an employment-authorized status must be approved, and the new status must take effect.
  • The report further added that “if the change of status request is denied or the petition for new employment requested consular or port of entry notification, the individual must depart the U.S. and be admitted in an employment-authorized classification before beginning the new employment,”.

(With Agency Inputs)

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