There are roughly 600,000 workers hired in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, which allows people in certain professions to stay and work in the country. But what happens if you lose your job? As the tech industry makes mass layoffs, Varsha Bansal reports on the people desperately fighting to find new employment and stay in the country.

For many tech workers, the current downturn has exposed the precarious nature of life on an H-1B visa. Harini, the laid-off analytics engineer, has been exploring alternative paths to the H-1B alongside job-hunting. “I’m just trying to find people to talk to on that, especially because [with] our visas, everything is so restrictive — and the other thing is that there are so many other options for visas that are very, very under-explored,” she said. “I do not want to wait for a green card for 25 years; that just seems ridiculous.”