US to allow Business or Tourist Visa Holders to Apply for Jobs


The United States will now allow internationals with B1/B2 visas to apply for jobs and appear for interviews, a significant shift from its previous policy of not allowing them to do so.

The B1 and B2 visas are temporary, non-immigrant visas that allow holders to visit the United States for business or pleasure. The B2 visa is for tourism, like going on vacation or visiting family, while the B1 visa is for business trips.

Immigrants who are laid off have 60 days to remain in the country under the current regulations. In the event that they don’t secure another position or change their visa status, they need to leave the country following 60 days. After that, there is typically no grace period. However, laid-off immigrants can change their status to B1/B2 under the new rule within the first 60 days. They can legally remain in the country for an additional 60 days with a B1/B2 visa, during which time they can apply for jobs and attend interviews.

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It is essential to keep in mind that, in the event that the request for a change of status is denied, the individual will need to leave the United States. Numerous individuals have inquired as to whether they can seek employment while in B1 or B2 status. The response is yes. According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), B1 and B2 activities include searching for employment and interviewing for a position.