Facebook’s Parent Company Meta Offers H-1B Visa Holders Immigration Assistance

The CEO of Facebook’s parent company Meta is planning to expand the H-1B visas as well as work-related immigration.

According to a report provided by TechTarget, the company’s decision to lay off a total of 13 per cent of its workforce shows a downside that comes with advocacy, VisaGuide.World reports.

Meta is a significant user of H-1B workers. It is also listed as H-1B dependent by the government, meaning that over 15 per cent of its workforce are visa workers.

Regarding the issue, Meta announced that it is laying off a total of 11,000 employees or a total of 13 per cent of its workforce.

“I’ve decided to diminish the size of our team by nearly  13 per cent and let more than 11,000 of our talented employees go. We are also taking additional steps in order to become a leaner and more efficient company by cutting discretionary spending and extending our hiring freeze through Q1,” Zuckerberg pointed out in a letter regarding this issue.

He went on to say that he wants to take accountability for the decisions stressing that he is aware that this is tough for everyone while adding that he is sorry to those who have been affected by the decision.

A technical source for Meta in Gurugram, Pragya Singh, announced that she also has been affected by the mass layoff, despite the fact that she had joined the company only six months ago.

Zuckerberg stressed that among the measures that the company has introduced in the United States to help those affected by the layoffs is also immigration support.

“I know this is especially difficult if you’re here on a visa. There’s a notice period before termination and some visa grace periods, meaning that everyone will have time to make plans and work through their immigration status,” he pointed out.

In addition, the CEO of Facebook’s parent company stressed that they have immigration specialists in order to help them in this situation.

The H-1B visa, also known as the Person in Specialty Occupation visa, is a non-immigrant visa which allows internationals engaged in a specific field, including lawyers, doctors, IT specialists and engineers, to work in the United States temporarily.

Holders of H-1B visas are eligible to stay and work in the United States for at least three years with the opportunity to extend their stay by another three years.

In case holders of such visas lose their jobs, they have a grace period of a total of 60 days to find another employee willing to sponsor their H-1B visa. Otherwise, they are required to leave America.

However, a large number of H-1B visa holders who have lost their jobs find it difficult to find another job within 60 days, while they use social media, especially Facebook, Linkedin as well as Twitter, to find help and find another job in order to remain in the US.

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