Re: H1B tech writers

Subject: Re: H1B tech writers
From: Sabahat Ashraf <sabahat -at- viragelogic -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001 15:13:31 -0700

Jason Deal wrote:
> An H1B writer is a foreign writer who comes to the US with an H1B Visa, I
> think. Tech people, highly skilled workers, and supermodels fall under this
> category.

Nope. Them's H1As, Schwarzenegger and Co. is. [Or must have been at some
point -- now he's tinking of running foah Govnoah.] Me and my MS in Tech
Comm only rate an H1B.

> The company has to prove to the US government that a suitable
> candidate cannot realistically be found in the US in order to import an H1B
> candidate. Companies love it because they have the employee by the balls;
> if the employee quits or does a bad enough job to get fired, he/she has to
> find another company willing to sponsor him REALLY quick, or go back to his
> country of origin.

You're legal as soon as someone *files* for the transfer. And with new
laws you can start at the new place [and start getting a paycheck] as
soon as the case is with the INS. But, yes, immigration laws can create
really weird situations. Especially if you believe in not breaking them.
[Personal details available on request offlist.]

> About 3 years ago, I met a very skilled Chinese fellow in the Bay Area who
> could code in C++ well enough to make, in my (limited) estimation, 80K or
> so, at least; the company we were employed at paid him 28K. Barely livable
> in the Bay Area at the time. He couldn't leave, though, because he was more
> willing to have a small room with a television and no bed than to go back to
> China. I admired his fortitude, but wished him a wretched life (he was
> skilled, not nice).

Ah, but is that a furriner [I have been corrected on the spelling of
that word on TWRL before ;)] thing or a programmer thing?

Wade Courtney wrote:
> FYI,
> *a newly minted citizen.*
> This person won't have a green card (I'm married to one I should know)

Must've at some point ;) Methought I put on "or" in between those two. I
could be wrong...oh, I see. Yes, too many "ors" in that sentence. My



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