Dream jobs brought them to Silicon Valley. Now they’re laid off and in an ‘impossible’ situation – The Guardian US

by | Dec 22, 2022 | Jobs

Dream jobs brought them to Silicon Valley. Now they’re laid off and in an ‘impossible’ situationLayoffs have made a precarious situation for noncitizens even worse, forcing them to play a game of chance to stay in the US Workers move goods at an Amazon’s warehouse. Photograph: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson/AAPWorkers move goods at an Amazon’s warehouse. Photograph: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson/AAPLess than a year ago, K was working with a US-based team at Amazon from one of the e-commerce giant’s many international outposts in east Asia. While the distance between himself and those on his team had made his role tricky, he was at a stable job, at a company in his home country where labor laws protected workers from layoffs and sudden terminations.To make it easier for him and his team to work together, Amazon offered him a role in the US and said it would sponsor his L visa – a temporary worker visa available to employees of US-based companies who transfer from an international office. Though that meant uprooting his family, including his children who did not speak English, K took the job, confident in the importance of his department, the Amazon’s devices team, to the company.TopicsUS newsAmazonSilicon ValleyWorkers’ rightsEmployment lawE-commercefeaturesReuse this content …

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