Question: The employers claim to hire the H-1Bs because they have work experience in specific software skills. How is it that the H-1Bs possess skills the Americans don’t?
Often the H-1Bs don’t have the background they claim. An audit by a U.S. consulate in India found that fraud was quite common. Similarly, reports from American programmers who work with H-1Bs indicate that rather than having work experience in the given skill, many H-1Bs either have only had a quick course or are learning the skill on the job. Ironically, the latter is what I recommend that the employers have older American programmers do, but the difference is that the H-1Bs are much cheaper than the older Americans, so the employers do this with the H-1Bs but not with the older Americans.
See Section 9.8.
Instead of fighting against new H1B quotas, ignore the quota. Bear with me.
All we have to do is “improve” the system.
All that has to be done is when the application is received, the system takes the field where the Specific job title is provided. “CNC programmer,” “SQL alnalyst,” whatever. The system queries on that field in a dozen different job banks. If matches for that job are found, the system records the query and denies the application. They can have all the quotas they want if they are checked even in this minimal way. And we are not asking for a change in the law or the quota, we are just improving the system. Even better, the system could provide the top ten names of people looking for jobs with that title.
Refugees and those affected by President Trump’s Muslim travel ban are welcome to stay in Airbnb housing for free if they wish, the tech company’s chief executive officer, Brian Chesky, announced Sunday.
“Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone else who needs it in the event they are denied the ability to board a US-bound flight and are not in your city/country of residence,” said Mr. Chesky in a tweet. “We have 3 million homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay.”
Sanaz Ahari was looking forward to a visit. She is 37 weeks pregnant, and her parents were going to attend to the birth of their grandson in the coming days.
Now, it seems, that won’t happen.
Several tech leaders have been on the good side of U.S. President Donald Trump. However, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has decided to call him out for his recent and ongoing controversial policies.
The main policy here is regarding the rather un-American threats that have been set forth towards immigrants within the United States.
In Zuckerberg’s post on Facebook, he states that like several other people, he himself is also worried about the recent policies signed by Mr. Trump.
It goes on by saying that keeping the US safe is the utmost priority, but this would suggest then that they must decide carefully on who exactly poses a major threat to the nation then.
The draft executive order calls for “an investigation of the extent of any injury to U.S. workers caused by the employment in the United States of foreign workers admitted under the nonimmigrant visa programs,” which includes the H-1B program. An initial report will be due in nine months if the order is signed, and a final report in 18 months.
The financial damage can be found above.
To get back to work, I attended the VRAP program and graduated.
The VRAP Program
VRAP offered up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans who:
- Were at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Were unemployed on the date of application
- Received an other than dishonorable discharge
- Were not eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
- Were not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Were not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
To date, VA has received and processed more than 143,000 VRAP applications. Of over 126,000 approved applicants, more than 76,000 have enrolled in a training program. VA has paid more than $886,000,000 in VRAP benefits to unemployed Veterans, age 35-60.
VRAP provided training for programs of education that led to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations.
It took some time but I eventually found somebody high up in the Department of Labor and let him know about it, and he said he would get me back to work.
Sadly, he has no honor as his word is not his bond.
Most Indian techies stayed quiet while Americans were getting screwed over during the decades that immigrant friendly Presidents and Congress were in power. Had greater numbers pushed for reforms then along with many Americans, I suspect the changes would be more incremental and we wouldn’t be in a crises today. I see more dramatic change on the horizon than at any other point that I have been involved with this issue.
You and I acknowledge the problems experienced by both Indian and American workers. From indentured servitude, bench time, and threats to family members back home if you say anything. To being forced to train your replacement, reduction in earnings, and age discrimination. But most people have no empathy whatsoever for others.
Companies are especially guilty of this. They pushed for laws that so blatantly benefitted them while harming others, there isn’t room for compromise that there once was. They had a good ride, but that ride is going to slow down soon.
I’m all about making hundreds of tech billionaires. But not if that means leaving all the tech professionals behind in the process. It is time to narrow the gap. These visa programs have created part of that gap.
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