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If you lose your job, deportation may be a risk

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | immigration |

If you’ve come to the United States for employment, you are likely somewhat worried about losing your job. After all, you’re trying to advance your career. You may have a family that you’re supporting and other bills you have to pay. Maintaining your job is very important, and you’re likely interested in moving up in the business hierarchy.

But it’s important to remember that your very status within the United States could be in jeopardy. With some employment visas, employers will sponsor workers that they want to bring to the United States. Those workers have to take the jobs that they are offered in order to be eligible for the visa. The job itself is the reason that the government is authorizing the visa.

But the government does not want workers to come to the United States under those pretenses, quit their jobs and then not provide the expected labor force. Therefore, if someone quits or gets fired, it could be a violation of their visa. That visa is only valid as long as they are working in their intended line of employment. If you’re in violation of your visa, you could be deported. 

There is a grace period

That being said, you’re not going to find out that you’re getting fired on Friday and deported on Monday. This process can take months, and there’s even a grace period of 60 days. You can use this grace period to look for another job so that your visa is still valid. 

But even if you can’t find another job that satisfies the visa, you may be interested in altering your status or looking into other immigration options. That’s why it’s critical to know about your potential legal options at this time.