I am from Europe, I have been living and working in Southern California since Oct 2007. I have a Visa J1 which expire in April 09. My company has tried to apply the H1B visa for me this year but unfortunately I didn't win the lottery.
Now my company is running out of business. They will lay me off in 2 weeks and I still have 2 weeks of vacation which will be paid.
My sister (Green Card holder) and my relatives (US Citizen) live in SoCal, so I do want to stay in California. If I have a right status, I believe that I can find an other job but I don't because my visa J1 seems to be tied to this company.
What can I do, please?
Thank you in advance for your advice.