World Business Chicago and P33, a nonprofit dedicated to inclusive tech leadership, currently have 35 employers in Chicago who are on an online job platform to support candidates who are laid off H-1B visa holders.
Firms - Morningstar, Fifth Third Bank, and TransUnion are on the platform.
H-1B visa holders who have been laid off have 60 days to locate a new company to sponsor them, modify the status of their visa, or leave the country. The project attempts to persuade H-1B visa holders to take into account Chicago's diverse and inclusive technological sector.
Brad Henderson, CEO of P33 says “Our message to laid-off H-1B holders is to consider the ever-welcoming city of Chicago and our burgeoning technology ecosystem that fosters diversity and inclusion.”
“I am thrilled with the launch of this campaign, which brings together Chicago’s business community to support H1-B visa holders affected by job loss in tech and adjacent industries,” said Michael Fassnacht, CEO, and president, of World Business Chicago and chief marketing officer, city of Chicago.