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Some of America's biggest tech companies are making sweeping job cuts, with potentially devastating effects for workers dependent on employment-based visas. (Nikkei montage/Source photo by Yifan Yu)
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Asian talent faces U.S. visa crisis as tech sector slashes jobs

America also risks a 'brain drain' as other countries offer easier paths to immigration

MARRIAN ZHOU and YIFAN YU, Nikkei staff writers | North America

NEW YORK/PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Zhou was a data scientist at Facebook-owner Meta before he became one of the more than 11,000 employees laid off by the tech giant in early November. A master's degree from a top U.S. engineering school and more than five years of work experience have not helped the 30-year-old land a new job, even though he lined up more than a dozen interviews in the two weeks after being let go.

The clock is ticking for Zhou, who asked to be identified only by his last name. A Chinese national living in California's San Francisco Bay Area, he has only one year left on his H-1B working visa, and his application for permanent residency -- a green card, in common parlance -- has yet to be approved.

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