How to Help Those on Work Visas Prepare for a Layoff

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This is part two of a two-part series. You can read part one here.

In part one of this series, I discussed how you can help your clients on H-1B and other work visas (L-1, O-1, TN, etc.) get back on their feet if they are laid off.

If your clients still have jobs and haven’t been impacted, this article will discuss what you can do to help them prepare for a possible layoff.

Expect layoffs as a normal part of working in the U.S.

Layoffs are a part of being an American worker. According to Zippia’s layoff statistics:

  • In 2022 there were 15.4 million layoffs in the US
  • 40% of Americans have been laid off or terminated from a job at least once.
  • 61% of adults between 18-34 have layoff anxiety.
  • 51% of employees between 18-34 feel unprepared for a layoff.
  • Typically, the first to get cut are the newest employees.

The above are serious risk factors for those in the U.S. on work visas. They are most likely new in the country, making them the newest employees.