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P33, World Business Chicago Launch Coalition for Laid-Off Tech Workers with H-1B Visas

P33 and World Business Chicago have formed the Chicago H-1B Connect Coalition, a united effort to assist current H-1B visa holders who have been impacted by layoffs in the tech industry. The coalition brings together the city’s leading civic organizations along with Fortune 500 corporations and rapidly scaling startups to help support and to retain highly skilled and valuable international talent. 

Together, World Business Chicago and P33 have launched an employment portal featuring more than 900 job openings from Chicago-based employers already sponsoring H-1B visa holders. 

“Our message to laid off H-1B holders is to consider the ever-welcoming City of Chicago and our burgeoning technology ecosystem that fosters diversity and inclusion,” said Brad Henderson, CEO of P33. 

Despite nationwide layoffs, companies are struggling to fill critical tech roles in Chicago, with the largest demand for software talent. More than 164,000 tech job listings were posted in Chicagoland in 2022. 


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