I currently am on a work visa with an annual of USD$145K. Unfortunately, HR did not file paperwork on time, and my visa will expire in a month.
I am fine going back, since I can apply for another work visa in the future after a year, and I informed my company as such.
They informed me that they would like me to continue working for them, They would be bound by the same requirement that I have to be outside the country for one year before they can apply for a new work visa for me (which they did not commit to).
However, the first offer they put forward, was a 75% pay reduction (USD$35k) to work in India as they have an office there. I said no to the offer since I can do better back home.
They are now reaching out asking if I would consider working from Canada, but this would entail a > 50% pay cut (USD$65k). I am inclined to say no, since I can do better by returning to my home country.
My thought process is that the work that I am doing has not reduced in value just because I am required to move.
I also provided all the details that were required for paperwork to be filed in a timely manner when requested, but HR did not submit the paperwork accordingly to the authorities.
Is it wrong to expect that they continue my current pay scale if they want me to continue to work for them from a different location due to an administrative mistake ?
Thanks for all the answers provided so far, but there were some misconceptions about where I was from and the options available to me.
I am originally from Australia, and as such I do believe I am eligible to re-enter the US after my 1 year gap from a H expiry, and come back on an E3 if I so desire
This is partly why I am comfortable returning to Australia. I do not have to worry as much about the H1B lottery with the E3 option.
I originally entered the US on an E3. However, the company switched me over to a H1B since the E3 was not dual intent.
The only reason I want to be in the US is because my sister lives here, and she is the only family I have. She married an American and got her citizenship a few years ago.
Experience wise, I have over 15 years in the industry.
The lawyers originally did propose the L1 option, and the company initially seemed keen on that approach.
However, in all subsequent discussions with HR, it was not explicitly stated as being the approach, nor do they seem to think it can be done as quickly as the lawyers had proposed would be possible.
I have had conversations with the manager, director and the VP. They reached out to have the conversation in all instances about keeping me.
However, when it comes to the final offer being proposed, it almost seems like HR owns and controls that process.