Indian Uber / Lyft Drivers

Nvidia nvsmartpm
Jul 2, 2018 43 Comments

Have started seeing lot of Indian drivers in Bay Area lately, has anything changed in terms of visa / eligibility for being a driver?

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  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Dem 1980s EB2s must be becoming current. Yaay I guess?
    Jul 2, 20182
    • Nvidia nvsmartpm
      OP
      Most of them look young btw.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Good for them. I've heard hope keeps you young and energetic.
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Smartsheet 45)89
    punjabis on family visa
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Apple yMaF76
    Finally, they get the job they’ve been dreaming of since childhood. That of an Uber driver.
    Jul 2, 20186
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Soylearnt

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      Soylearntmore
      Still a honest buck! What would you like them to do - rob you, sell drugs?
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Amazon
      TyYt34

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      TyYt34more
      And employ you at MS or Google so you can have your dream job.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Soylearnt

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      Soylearntmore
      Oh, so you think I am at my dream job. Next time care to ask and not make assumption?
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Apple yMaF76
      Wow Soylearnt are you off your meds or something?
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng
      Soylearnt

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      Off soylent
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Amazon
      TyYt34

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      Soy learnt my jab was at apple dude
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Apple / Eng
    Addict

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    Cannot be Indians. Must be Pakistanis or Bangladeshis. They have a shorter wait time to get GC.
    Jul 2, 20181
  • Uber Lalu
    Bunch of gults as well
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Amazon / Eng🤔about🍑
    Recently being racist became fad .. maybe that is why you are noticing Indian drivers
    Jul 2, 20182
    • Amazon gKoV81
      ❄️
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Nvidia nvsmartpm
      OP
      I take Uber pool everyday for my work and I can recognize a trend / pattern, there’s nothing to be racist here, I’m in fact happy for these students.
      Jul 2, 2018
  • F5 Networks / EngnlMD61
    I'm sure it's illegal. And, a lot of OPT students do this to earn a source of income. Exploiting system like this is what causes all the unnecessary trouble.

    F1 and OPT is for studying and gaining skills. Actions must be taken against folks who misuse it.
    Jul 2, 20187
    • LinkedIn Blublah
      Sure it is illegal. But when will the US fix the broken immigration system ?
      H1b lottery, indefinite wait for green card (wait is for Indians and Chinese after determining the person is eligible for one due to the skills), etc etc...

      The current immigration rules were passed in early 1990s by Bush sr. In 2005 Bush jr said the system is broken and lets fix it. It is 2018 and 3 presidents and nothing is done so far.

      When you see the whole broken immigration system, a few students driving uber on OPT don’t seem the biggest problem
      Jul 2, 2018
    • F5 Networks / EngnlMD61
      BluBlah, seriously? That's your rebuttal?

      Immigration system being broken doesn't imply that one should work illegally at a restaurant, drive uber or work under fake jobs. That's ILLEGAL period.

      It's this mentality of so what and gaming the system which has resulted in the stringent rules and more uncertainty for the legit students.

      U.S. isn't asking you to come to their country. You chose to come here. So you better follow the rules. Else, GTFO.

      If majority of the folks who work these "illegal" jobs had worked hard to get into good universities, studied well to land TA/RA or atleast tried to get an on campus job - they wouldn't be doing this.

      Heck, I couldn't manage working on campus for 10 hours and doing my coursework. No sane human being will be able to work illegally and study - get a 4.0 and land Google.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn Blublah
      That is not a rebuttal.. But are the few students who work illegally for a short duration the biggest problem of the current immigration system ??

      Note, I am NOT saying doing illegal stuff is correct. But we are living in a non ideal world and there are bigger problems to fix in immigration. We can’t fix everything tomorrow, so targeting a few students who do some illegal stuff temporarily would not be the first thing to do according to me.

      Coming up with a combination of merit based system to attract talented ppl and a compassion based system that helps the needy ppl should be the goal.

      Current immigration system is RANDOM and BROKEN.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • F5 Networks / EngnlMD61
      I'm with you on fixing immigration.

      But, working illegally is a no-no. The number of fake jobs, illegal works has resulted in an influx of sub-standard talent and these folks who have been gaming the system are the people in the GC queue and causing more issues in the immigration.

      H4 wouldn't have gone if folks didn't game it. H1B wouldn't have gotten stricter rules if people never misused the grey area. OPT, STEM would have been just fine if folks didn't work illegally. Every illegal doing causes troubles to the folks who follow things legally.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn Blublah
      So this is what you are saying:

      The system has lot of grey areas. People who are coming on H1b for fake jobs, thereby misusing it, are the ones who are bad and terrible.

      But what about the politicians, lawyers and corporations who are keeping this broken system to benefit out of it for decades ?

      I am saying politicians, lawyers and corporations who employ such ppl are the biggest culprits
      Jul 2, 2018
    • F5 Networks / EngnlMD61
      The fake consultancies are run by the same folks who immigrated here. The restaurants are the same.

      Also, please don't try to draw comparisons between illegal work and political scenario. Apples and oranges.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn Blublah
      That is a gross over generalization to suit your thought bias.

      Not all fake consultancies are run by immigrants. They have lawyers, workers, clients who are US companies and/or citizens. If they are so fake as you say, why are they all not caught easily in one go ? What is your data point to make such a claim ?

      H1b and/or green card are not given to ppl only based on the recipient’s merit only. They are need based as well. A company in North Dakota may have a different need than a company in California and for a different salary.

      And off course all these immigration rules are guided by politics and LOBBYING. And the lobbying has kept the current system as is for decades. That is the problem (people who have caused such a ridiculous system), not the ppl who are a resultant of the system.
      Jul 2, 2018
  • New / Eng
    albion

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    eBay just had a round of layoffs, so...
    Jul 2, 20181
    • Uber Lalu
      Wow!! How many impacted ?
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Lyft GoogIe
    I didn't know blind can get so toxic! Wow!
    Jul 2, 20180
  • LinkedIn gCRA37
    How old are these drivers look like? If they aren’t like 100+ years old for waiting in line, possibly they lied to the immigration officer.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Google blok
    The Indians you see driving for Uber/Lyft are probably beneficiaries of chain migration. Everyone knows Indians have a 70-150 year wait time for a GC when they are on an H-1B visa.
    Jul 2, 20181
    • Juniper / ProductSkankHnt42
      what happens if I drive Uber on H1 Visa? will I be deported? it's not like I'm gonna get GC before I die. might as well make some extra cash on the side if they're not gonna deport me. 😂
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Microsoft mauster
    Nope nothing changed. You started noticing now.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Uber Eeddfa
    These are high skilled jobs Americans can't do. Best and the brightest.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • LinkedIn Blublah
    I have heard that MS students are driving uber/lyft on OPT.
    Not all can land jobs due to uncertainty in H1b lottery. employers are having a tough time to accommodate the ones already employed on OPT but didn’t get picked in the H1b lottery, so they are limiting the new hires who would be on OPT
    Jul 2, 20184
    • Apple BrgndyRon
      Wait what, is that legal ?
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Mesosphere onsie
      I don’t think so. The OPT only gets approved from a STEM verified employer from what I know
      Jul 2, 2018
    • LinkedIn Blublah
      I don’t think that is legal, but apparently ppl still do it
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Mesosphere onsie
      I see, makes sense
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Apple / Eng
    Addict

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    Being illegal in this country gives you more rights than being legal. So, I would encourage them to drive Uber and take up other jobs even if their visa status does not allow. And if they are caught and deported they can always reach out to Human Rights Orgs and Social Media and cry about being separated from family by the cruel Government. Posting videos and pics of crying babies and they being beaten up and dragged into jail would help even further. This would ensure they stay in the country and awarded permanent residency immediately.
    Jul 3, 20180
  • VMware Kbrh25
    How can you be sure they are Indians, They can be from Pakistan or Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. Or from other South Asian countries.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • New / Eng
    polygon55

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    polygon55more
    No such thing as Indian Uber driver, only poor Indian leetcoder.
    Jul 2, 20180
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