The new anti-bodyshopping regulations have apparently had an effect on the American consultancies (probably not on the cheating Indian consultancies). Companies no longer want dirt dumb tech labor and are starting to realize the crappy work they deliver. So the H-1B remains as a full time hire directly by the company, as a way to lower labor and get compliant workers. But even that will start to grow up when the realize the mostly crap work these fake degree fake resume workers produce. The sob story below comes from a social justice snowflake crying over the horror that after ten years of taking jobs from Americans the might actually have to go back to shit in the streets india. Boo hoo. It’s the feel good story of the year.
This one statement is absolutely infuriating – “, to have a citizen with less capability fill in that position, while a candidate from abroad with superior skills gets rejected”. What a crock. For decades American has been giving the boot to THE REAL BEST AND BRIGHTEST and bringing in dog shit engineers who couldn’t do crap. How do I know this? Well I spent over a decade “saving” projects utterly ruined by crap Indian engineers. It was my bread and butter. The code was gibberish, not just poorly designed, it was completly poorly done at every level and utterly maintainable. Riddled with bugs and mispellings with no coherent logical design whatsoever. Remember Obamacare’s fiasco.
Here is one example. The engineers loaded the translations FOR EVERY LANGUAGE ON EARTH into the page before it would load. No wonder it was slow and crashing it was using memory like crazy. But Indian engineers don’t think about such things, they have never been taught to think independently. All they learn, if anything, is strictly whats in the book. Which means they are a disaster for any project. Their culture of covering up for each other also means they rarely accept responsibility for mistakes. One one project we had these pages where a hidden button would have to be called first, which then triggered some calls and finally called the submit button. Well the engineer didn’t understand it so they removed all these items… three hours before the presentation to the vice president!!!
The truth of the dirt quality of these fraud engineers is getting out. Slowly. Let’s hope we hear more sad news for these H-1B scabs.
To preserve their anonymity, I will call them Thing 1, Thing 2 and Thing 3. In this country we call them “resident aliens” (official USCIS terminology), therefore referring to them as “things” shouldn’t be that denigrating. They each have an H1B visa, and all work for the same consulting organization. Due to a drying up of projects in the pipeline, compounded by a shakeup in the organization structure, they have all been laid off.
Things 1, 2 and 3 are some of the brightest minds I have come across in my consulting career. They have been my role models, as I have (in a previous job) had the good fortune of working under 2 of them. I looked up to them and wished to be like them sometime in my career. Their consulting skills, communications with the client, emotional maturity under duress and stressful situations – I wanted it all!
No H1Bs Please!
Now, that Things 1, 2 and 3 are out in the open market looking for jobs, they have come across a pattern that they never experienced in their earlier job searches. Things 2 and 3 have experienced layoffs earlier, but all that is needed for an H1B to get the next job is to excel in the interview process, and then the new employer will formally petition the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), to transfer the H1B visa for the selected candidate, from the previous employer to the new employer. In the reign of the 45th POTUS, that is not happening. The doors are closing.
Thing 1 received a call from a recruiter at Accenture. As soon as the recruiter gathered that Thing 1 is on an H1B, he was denied the opportunity to even be interviewed. The statement was – “Accenture has stopped taking H1Bs… for now”.
Thing 2 received a call from Deloitte, while Thing 3 from Ernst & Young. They were both given the same reason, even before the interview could begin. These organizations are no longer interviewing H1Bs, and so the interview just cannot happen.
Some of the Employers that have participated in online postings of their open positions on job sites, even go so far as to provide a graphical illustration of who can and cannot apply.
Question – What is a Level Playing Field? Can H1Bs claim it when competing with Citizens and Permanent Residents?
In any job application the underlying, unspoken assumption is that every candidate that is eligible to apply for that job, will be afforded a level playing field, wherein perceptions, preconceptions, subjectivity, biases and prejudices will find no place in the selection process. Many corporations incorporate that assumption into the philosophy – “We are an Equal Opportunity Provider”. Selection will solely be on the basis of merit. And for a candidate to demonstrate his/her merit, should be provided the opportunity to face the interviewers, so that the candidate’s experience, skills and abilities can be elicited through the screening process and mapped to the requirements of the open position.
Now, if a candidate is denied the opportunity to appear for the interview in the first place, just because he has a specific visa and is NOT a permanent resident or citizen – is it fair to say that a Level Playing Field was denied? Or is this a highly sophisticated form of discrimination that can be justified in the current times, through some convoluted logic? Is it therefore in the best interests of the America that is in “America First”, to have a citizen with less capability fill in that position, while a candidate from abroad with superior skills gets rejected because he has a specific work visa? By that logic the US should not have hired any physicists of German or Czech origin into the Manhattan project, because there were undoubtedly American scientists available who could have fitted into Robert Oppenheimer’s team, had Mr. Oppenheimer been compelled to find fellow Americans to build the bomb.
H1B visas are Designed to “Self Destruct”
So how long can an H1B alien survive in the American job market, if there are no takers, and corporations begin shutting their doors to H1Bs? As I came to know, from Thing 2, the H1B visa comes with a clause wherein, if the alien is fortunate enough to find a new employer, he would be required to furnish his last pay slip from his previous employer. The new employer will use that pay slip to petition the USCIS for a transfer of employer sponsorship on the H1B visa. The USCIS will validate, if that last pay slip is NOT older than 60 days. Because if it is, then the alien holding the H1B visa goes out of status, which is to say his visa status gets annulled, and he must return to his country of origin – end of the life of the H1B.
This creates 2 distinct possibilities in the current situation.
Indentured Servitude – So long as the H1B alien is aware that the outside market is turning hostile to H1B workers, he has no choice but to stick to his employer, till his green card gets processed, assuming his current employer has sponsored that process. There is an invisible ball and chain, or a short leash.
Certain Death – In case the H1B alien gets laid off, he has to fail in procuring a new job for 60 days from the date of his firing, to lose his H1B visa status, and therefore be compelled to board a flight back home.
Finally… Killing Them Softly
Things 1, 2 and 3, are now dreading the prospect of “Certain Death”, as explained above. They have been serving some of the Fortune 500 companies during their illustrious career for over a decade now, and patiently waiting for the Green Card. That wait is finally coming to an end, but not in a manner they could have anticipated, even in their worst nightmares. Their days on American Soil are numbered.
With corporations shutting their doors to H1B visa holders, the establishment of the 45th President has ensured that the extermination of H1Bs on American soil is realized with swift and brutal efficiency, without even having to involve the Congress.