A Silicon Valley Executive Calls Indian H-1B Workers Incompetent Cheats and Frauds
October 27, 2009, 04:00 AM
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From: Tim Stephanini (e-mail him)

Re: Rob Sanchez`s Blog: Rep. Giffords` Bill To Triple H-1B Visa Cap

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords` bill to triple the H-1B allowance to 180,000 is a kick in the groin to unemployed American technology workers.

In the past decade, the U.S. has imported millions of H-1B tech workers to chase many fewer jobs. The consequence is massive unemployment for American engineers.

Non-immigrant visa applicants are allowed to come to the U.S. without a job, then transfer and work for different companies on a contract basis. Eventually, they apply for a green card; then they never leave thereby competing unfairly with Americans for the rest of their professional lives.

Indian non-immigrant visa holders are consistently associated with high fraud rates that often result in corporate failure. This pattern dates back for years.

In truth, these are not the best and brightest workers. In many cases involving Indian H-1B holders, they have fake degrees and some have only taken a two-week computer class.

Government officials in the Indian town of Bihar recently found 100,000 fake Indian degree certificates. Worse, even legitimate diplomas are useless since the typical Indian degree is from a three-year institution, not four years as required by H-1B standards. 

The list of failed companies and projects associated with these frauds is huge.

Yet despite it all, Obama made Vivek Kundra, a past shoplifter who claimed a biology degree that he did not earn, Federal Chief Investment Officer. Obama also appointed Aneesh Chopra, one of his donors, Chief Information Officer.

Lord help us if Giffords gets her way.

Stefanini is the principal and founder of Velocitos Corporation. He has over 20 years experience working in the software industry and has been the CTO, Vice President, or Director of five companies in Silicon Valley.