Pastry chef David Piquard’s immigration troubles have been resolved temporarily — and possibly permanently.
Mr. Piquard, co-owner of Squirrel Hill pastry shop Gaby et Jules, which specializes in delicate and colorful French macarons, found out last month that his application for an immigrant visa had been denied. That decision could have meant that Mr. Piquard and his family would have had to leave the country in April.
Last week, however, he was granted an extension to his H1-B visa, meaning that he can stay in the U.S. until May 2019. During that time, Fred Rongier, owner of the East Liberty restaurant Paris 66, plans to sponsor him for a green card under a new legal strategy. Mr. Piquard, 43, is also chef de cuisine at Paris 66, where he worked full time before opening Gaby et Jules with Mr. Rongier.
As you say, India has a huge pool of applicants that want to come in.
Many more than the total number of employed people in America, I would wager as we only have about 150 million people working.
Yet you want to bring in more when we are not creating enough jobs for the American citizens in America as a simple first grade math calculation will show.
So the American citizens are demanding that their government make it possible so that they can provide for their families.
By denying people like yourself who I believe should be allowed to immigrate legally.
This is wrong.
But to deny me the opportunity to be all that I can be is wrong as well.
So I fight you.
The question is, will you join with me to fight the real problem which is Free Trade Agreements sending our jobs to other countries and a massive tidal wave of non-immigrant guest workers…!
“India has a huge pool of applicants that come in, but there are only a limited number of green cards that are issued every year for every country,” Asif Shah said. Indians in the H-1B status who were eligible for permanent residency in 2008 are just now being allowed to apply for permanent resident status.
None of the doctors can establish their own medical practice because they don’t have permanent resident status. Kanthala is board certified in geriatrics and expressed frustration that he could not open his own practice in Rome to put that training to use.
“I can start a practice, bring jobs,” Kanthala said. But it’s at that point where his immigration status slams on the brakes.
There apparently are some cheap bastards in India.
This kid has a once in a lifetime opportunity from what I understand and they will not foot the bill?
Oh that is right, if you are not of the right caste, we can do nothing for you, and we will not do anything for you.
Tell you what, if people will make enough donations here, the original Displaced American Software Developer will cover the $5,000.00 bucks and it is going to take at least $5,000.00 in donations as I have not a pot to pee in nor a window to throw it out of.
As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off
Advance check-in is down too. If only there was a team that could fix it…
I feel for you guys and gals.
Ya’ll had “The Stuff” to build it from the beginning and keep it humming and then them greedy parasites in the Ivory Towers decide they can replace you with cheap freshers, most likely from India and all your hard work comes crashing to the ground, but hell, you probably don’t have time to think about it if you’re going through what I’m going through as nobody will hire you because you are overqualified or you’re made too much in the past, etc..
All I can say is Hang in There.
India is set to become the largest country on Earth by 2022, with a population much younger than China’s. There aremore children under the age of 15 in India than there are people of any age in the United States. The Indian university system, already bursting at the seams, will only grow more competitive. The internationally renowned Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) each take a fraction of a percent of candidates. The IITs, with just a few thousand seats available, require two rounds of entrance examinations: the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Mains, taken by over 13 million candidates a year, and the JEE Advanced, for which around 10% of those (13 million) qualify. The most coveted course of study/major at IIT, computer science, is open only to the top 500 or so of over 1.3 million applicants. And even among IITs and IIMs, there is significant variation in quality and job placement.
Some new, western-style colleges (such as Ashoka University) have popped up with support from American colleges and universities, but it takes a long time to build international reputation and prestige, and in general liberal arts education is not perceived as valuable by the vast majority of Indians. While there may be a future for Indian liberal arts colleges, that future is still several years away. One issue India has is quality of life: with poor infrastructure, severe air quality issues, and extreme weather, it is difficult to attract top research and teaching talent to establish a truly international university. When it comes to convincing academics and administrators to move to India, the (actual) heat and smog don’t help! India shows a lot of potential to address these issues, but for families deciding on education for their kids in the next several years, that potential means little.
Because there are few high-quality post-secondary schools beyond the IITs and IIMs, parents and students look abroad. Other than the US, Canada, and the UK, Indian college applicants also look to universities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, and the UAE. There are thriving Indian expatriate communities, which the Indian government calls “Non-Resident Indians” (NRIs) for civil purposes. These families, too, look for educational opportunities in their resident countries and beyond.