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Visa countdown haunts Asian tech workers as US layoffs mount

H-1B workers make easy targets for coronavirus cost-cutting, experts say

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- A Chinese software engineer went to a Mexican beach resort in March on what he called a "workcation" -- and is still there with no work, nowhere to go and no vacation mood.

The 27-year-old, who asked to be identified only by his surname, Chen, had traveled to Cancun to have a holiday while renewing his H-1B visa for the U.S. The vital document, which must be renewed abroad, allows Chen and hundreds of thousands of other foreign citizens to work in the country for three-year periods -- as long as they have a company to give them a job.

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