Back to Bangalore

Robert Harley Robert.Harley@inria.fr
Fri, 3 Aug 2001 19:10:08 +0200 (MET DST)


http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/finance/2001/0803/fin3.htm

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US model offers answer to IT shortage

[...discussion of H1-B visas, suggesting Ireland adopt similar...]

The survey results indicated that people from India have the easiest
time finding employers to sponsor them in the US.  African workers,
the results suggested, have the hardest time.

According to the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, about 134,000
H-1B workers came to the US from May 1998 to July 1999.  Nearly 40 per
cent of them were Indians who specialised in systems analysis and
computer programming.  Overall, Indians accounted for nearly half of
the H-1B visas issued during that period.

With the recent tech meltdown and thousands of dotcom layoffs, work
for many of these foreign nationals has dried up.

A recent New York Times article focused on Indians living and working
in New Jersey.  Estimates put the number of Indian workers who have
had to return home at up to 80,000.  Narendar Ande, a computer
consultant with MetLife in Jersey City, says he knows many Indians
like himself who are on H-1B visas.

"Personally I know two guys who went back to India.  They were on the
bench (without a job) for almost six months before they left for
India."

A new joke among Indian workers says B2B, which in the high-flying
days of the internet stood for "business-to-business" now stands for
"Back to Bangalore".
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