I’m on a E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1, and TN and got laid off – what can I do?
You have a 60 day grace period before you have to depart.
You have a couple of options, and you MUST pick one before the end of the grace period:
- Depart the United States
- For most work visas (except L-1), you can find a new job and have your employer file an I-129. You cannot start work until it is approved (3-10 months), unless you’re on the H-1B.
- Apply for adjustment of status (if eligible) through marriage or work.
- Apply for a change of status to B with form I-539. Once approved, you can change back to a work visa status again with the I-129.
- Apply for a change of status to F for a course of study.