What country caps look like to real people

Uber / Eng jojorabbit
Nov 12 16 Comments

You join a team at a company. Start the perm process (again). Get an i140 months later (again)
Maybe 4 years later a junior engineer joins your team, gets a GC within a year. Teammates who know less about this process ask you why you’re still messing with the H1b process when you fly back home every year to restamp your visa (again) for the nth time.
And you have to explain its because you were born in the wrong country.

I’m just filling out the terrible DS160 for the millionth time and the website is so broken it makes me super mad.
I mean, everything else aside, why is the H1b renewal process such a shitshow? If the laws as they currently are mean I can work in the US for ever and keep renewing my H1b if my i140 is filed, why not just make the H1b renewal process automatic? This is all so terribly pointless.

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  • Intel gaya
    All this gives a lot of pleasure to the MAGA crowd. As someone said correctly: the cruelty is the point .
    Nov 12 3
    • Uber / Eng jojorabbit
      OP
      Bull. None of this has changed since Bush Jr through Obama to Trump.
      Nov 12
    • Microsoft / Eng
      LKde34

      Microsoft Eng

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      LKde34more
      This. Especially since Trump's admin was the one proposing getting rid of separate country pools. Which would benefit those in giant pools like India or China, but def fuck over those in the general pool.

      Still on the fence about this tbh and would rather see an auction-based H1B system, where within each industry, employers have to bid for H1Bs, thus eliminating the whole underpaid worker visa abuse by Tata and Accenture (which is one of the biggest reasons contributing to the insanely large Indian H1B waiting pool).
      Nov 12
    • Microsoft ismartMSFT
      dems on their moral high ground doesn't care as well.
      Nov 12
  • Uber badmath
    Hey man - not sure if you’re Indian but gonna assume you are. Not sure how old you are, but gonna assume you’re my age (34) with a wife and kid.

    I moved to the US 7 years ago and got fed up with this process and left. I work out of Uber Amsterdam and it’s honestly the best decision I made. I work better hours, put my kid in an incredible school, and have all the same perks that I did in the US. I’m even healthier since I bike everywhere. Yeah I took a 18% pay cut but I’m literally wealthier than every salaried person around me - a feeling that’s so weird and one almost impossible to have in SF.
    Just move. The US owes you nothing and you owe them nothing. They can barely keep all citizens happy let alone us.
    Nov 12 3
    • AMD GDKa06
      How does permanent residency work in Amsterdam?
      Nov 12
    • Uber badmath
      It takes five years for PR or Citizenship. You get to choose which one you want after that time period.
      Nov 13
    • Uber / Eng jojorabbit
      OP
      We had a serious conversation and I think we move back to India in a few years.
      Nov 13
  • New scheme
    There, there. We chose to be in this mess. 😐
    Nov 12 1
    • Uber / Eng jojorabbit
      OP
      Sure? I personally didn’t know about how bad the backlog was or that it was country capped when I came over
      Nov 13
  • Uber / Eng jojorabbit
    OP
    The thing is.. if you work in a FAANG type company, H1b + i140 is effectively a GC but with pointless extra paperwork, stress and expenses for taxpayers. Literally no one benefits
    Nov 12 5
    • eBay iklyyyt
      But how long need to wait for GC for backlogged?
      Nov 12
    • AMD GDKa06
      There is a difference OP. Aside from all the pointless extra paperwork, you are also on a timer. You cannot retire in this country if you don't get a GC by the time you retire...
      Nov 12
    • Google / Eng hoooli.xyz
      Not just that, your wife can't work, unless she has her own paperwork.

      If you have a kid born in India, at 21 , she is kicked out of the country.

      You could also get kicked out in next renewal - it's around 5% for faang.

      Or you could change companies and get transfer denied. You could be thinking about pivoting to PM, but with the current specialty occupation enforcement, you will get screwed. You could be thinking to start company and face similar issues.

      The list goes on and on....
      Nov 13
    • Uber / Eng jojorabbit
      OP
      My wife is also in a FAANG like company on independent h1b. My kid is a us citizen. I have no wish to retire here
      Nov 13
    • Google / Eng hoooli.xyz
      @jojorabbit - you understand I am not saying :your: specific situation, but the situation of folks like you and me?
      Nov 13

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