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USA, March 28, 2001: Thousands of foreign workers in America's slumping high technology sector are set to lose their jobs and their right to stay in the US. In the past few years, the US government has given hundreds of thousands of foreigners with high-tech skills H1-B temporary work permits. If they are laid off, they are not allowed to remain in the US or begin another job unless they have another visa application pending. The collapse of many Internet start-ups and recent layoffs in Silicon Valley mean that tens of thousands of workers, mainly from India, China and Western Europe, could be forced to return home.