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I'm currently legally working for a US company on a special permit, I'm not a US citizen. My permit will expire this year in a few months. I'm allowed to apply for a renewal, but I learned that this will require my employer to have a certain permit code. This is a code that I did not require for my current status, but one I need only to renew it. The HR Department of my current employer told me they do not currently have this code, but they are actively trying hard to get it and apparently it's their priority. I'm really happy in my current employer and I want to give them a chance to get this permit code (as they claimed they will be able to get it before my deadline, but no promises).

In order to increase my chances of being employed in US after my current permit expires (i.e. to renew it), I plan to go on a job hunt and specifically choose a company that has this permit code (it's supposed to be an easy thing most US companies have, I don't know why my employer is having a problem, having said this I have exactly no idea what is the process to get this code). However, there are a few complications and I unfortunately, I do not have a friend or attorney that can help me, so I have these questions:

  • Should I share this concern with my manager? Currently only HR knows, not my manager. I do not want to be fired right now just because my immigration status is wacky. I have a very good relationship with my manager and he has "big plans" with me (and I recently received a huge and generous bonus).

  • What's the best way to filter companies that match my criteria? Is this something I can straight-up ask in an initial screening? I do not want to come off needy or "weird", so to say, but I guess companies understand that employing non-citizens do require special complications.

I'm a little time pressured. Not too pressured, I still have a couple months to find a new employer and apply for a renewal; but I'm wondering if it makes sense to quit my job now and focus on job hunting.

I'm a salaried, high-skilled worker. I intentionally chose not to share any more information for my own anonymity. For my anonymity, please do not share any more information even if you can infer it from this post.

  • If HR is working hard to keep you, and your manager has plans for you, why do you think your manager would want to fire you? – thursdaysgeek Feb 26 at 22:43
  • @DarkCygnus not sure what you mean by "contract". I'm an at-will worker. Had this complications wouldn't happen, I would continue working in this company normally indefinitely (as long as US Immigration Services let me). I'm planning to job-hunt now, because if I can be employed by a company with this permit code, I can apply for a renewal; otherwise I cannot apply for renewal and need to leave USA once my permit expires (in a few months). – user3241118408 Feb 26 at 23:02
  • @thursdaysgeek I don't know, it's always a possibility I suppose. – user3241118408 Feb 26 at 23:03
  • @user3241118408 what I meant was, are you sure you will be terminated soon? Or are you worried more of the permit and stuff, and that not renewing it will "force" you to search for another job that can get you one? – DarkCygnus Feb 26 at 23:04
  • Which "permit code" is this – Neuromancer Feb 26 at 23:06
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but I'm wondering if it makes sense to quit my job now and focus on job hunting.

No, doing that is not something I would recommend.

It's always better (as for higher chances) to job-hunt while still employed, so I suggest you start searching for a new job right now while you still have this current job (check this and this other posts that explains why)

What's the best way to filter companies that match my criteria? Is this something I can straight-up ask in an initial screening?

Yes, it is fine to ask that, as it is a highly relevant and normal aspect to consider in order for you to be able to work on US as a non-citizen.

Instead of trying to "filter" companies beforehand, I suggest you seek those you like, apply, and during the first exchanges simply mention that you would require a work permit, and if they would need anything from you to obtain such permit. In case some companies can't provide such permits then you can proceed to discard such option(s).

Should I share this concern with my manager?

Yes, it would make sense to share this with your manager if it is something you are worried about. Not only for the chance that your manager could obtain this code faster (or work along HR to make this swiftly), but also so you keep them up-to-date and take any steps they consider adequate here.

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