I have been working as a contractor in a company in the US from last 1.6 years. Around 6 months back, they offered me a full-time role. I gladly agreed as I like the company and wanted to continue working here. It took 2 months to finalize on the interview process and other paperwork such as background checks.
The package they offered was almost the same that I am making in the contractor role, but I signed it thinking about other additional benefits like PTO and health insurance. They agreed to give me a joining bonus of $6000. Unfortunately, due to some internal management and HR issue, my joining got delayed.
It has been more than 4 months since I signed my offer letter and I haven't got the joining date yet. They say they are trying to push my joining and assure that I will get it soon, but nothing has been finalized yet. I was planning to ask for a raise after completing 1 year with my contracting company, but since the client offered FT, I didn't pursue it. It has been 1.6 years going on as a contractor on the same pay.
Should I ask for re-negotiation or at least an increase in the joining bonus, in case they finally sort out the issue and ask me to join or should I join at the same pay? How long should I wait to see if the FTE is finally coming in or keep going like this? What are my options? I like the company and do not want to leave it. Just that the delay has made me stuck as a contractor not asking for pay raise from my employer in the hopes of getting a FT soon.