How to Tell Whether Your Boss Plans to Replace You with an H1B Immigrant Worker

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This week my column describes how San Francisco employers are looking to hire thousands of workers under the H1B visa program. It's reserved for companies needing to hire technical specialists that can't be found stateside.

But critics say the program is abused by employers who'd like to dismiss highly paid or older U.S. workers. Compliant, low-paid immigrants are better for profits.

Employers, meanwhile, say they can't fill certain jobs locally. Simply keeping the positions open would result in lost business, lost opportunities, and lost jobs for San Franciscans.
Snitch readers can fact-check their own companies.

In response to a public records request, SF Weekly obtained data from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration which allow employees to see which positions their bosses are filling with foreign workers.

A Google Docs spreadsheet shows 17,872 California jobs which companies have recently sought to fill through the H1B visa program, allowing foreigners towork for a particular company for up to six years. It includes visa applications through April, which we've sorted in alphabetical order by city. This spreadsheet includes three individual data sheets. So if you don't find your company or hometown on sheet one, click on the tab that says "sheet two."

For readers who are well-versed in spreadsheets, here's a version of the same data, but in a form you can download and sort at will.

Here you can find a more easily searched trove of H1B data. But we can't guarantee that it's current as of April of this year.

Have fun. And by way of hypothetical example, if you happen to find a posting for a San Francisco senior editor position that you happen to occupy, it might be worth poking around a little further.

Readers who find interesting news worth reporting should feel welcome to e-mail Matthew.Smith@SFWeekly.com.

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some dude
some dude

There are many Indians who came to this country  as a fraud with H1B visas. Their diplomas were faked and they learn on the job but know nothing else but what they are doing, thanks to their more competent friends. How much BS have I heard and their work sucks! They always speak in their own language and support each other in order to screw you; If you;re a US citizen and not Indian, you're screwed. If you go to Bank of America, you would wonder whether you are in India or America.

some dude
some dude

I am a US citizen and  a very qualified and very experienced software developer. Bank of America laid me off but kept individuals who are not as qualified software H1B visa holders developers and making just as much money and may be more money than I. The decision makers used to hold H1B visa before turning citizens eventually. Is this something that can be investigated by some institution?

margaretbartley
margaretbartley

Of course it can be investigated, but it won't.  Discrimination is something that can only be targeted toward protected groups, and white male US citizens are not considered a protected group.I'm surprised you don't know this.The decision to move the high tech sector overseas was made back in the 80s. The 90s was roll-out.  The US taxpayers and US investors spent billions to set up India as the corporate back-office of the world.  In 1999 the two Bills - Clinton and Gates, were in India right after each other, each practically stumbling over their own feet to spend money to move the technology to India.  Now its there, it's not coming back.You can look at several centuries of industrial development.  As the industrial sector leaves a country or an area, it never comes back.Get used to it, and plan accordingly.

Steve
Steve

That's right. Apple don't hire Indians because they just talk and don't deliver. Look at Citibank and you see the result. Hire one Indian and they will get the entire village in like a virus.

Jhc
Jhc

I was part of a lay off at IBM this week, replaced by an H1-B visa employee I was forced to train.  So were about 50 others at my site.

test10023
test10023

If your boss is Indian, it's a guarantee that he would prefer to hire an Indian.  If he's black, he wants to hire an American.  African Americans are loyal to themselves first, but to this country second.If he's hispanic, he wants to hire a foreigner--an Indian's just fine.  Why?  xq te odia, gringo.  Los estados unidos no son tu pais, tu sabes.If he's white, who knows?  White managers are pretty undecided...he'll hire the first H-1B that's cheaper if you tick him off (which is easy to do.)So who stands up for the white male?  Well, if the white male's too stupid to do that himself, why should anyone else?

Rohita Sharma1
Rohita Sharma1

You can discuss among yourself that H1b Visa will replace your job but the current fact is any good technical skilled person with more than 6 years experiance is no more interested in H1b visa job in US . Decrease in number of H1b visa application from India is live example for that . Trust me buddy you job is safe ,your boss may try to search H1b visa resources ,but will not be easy to find as right skilled resources have either moved back to home country or is not interested in US jobs because of large number of opportunites here in India itself . All big IT , Bank, Financial Services have already moved thousands of jobs in india .

Jobs
Jobs

Why don't u guys just all go back india then instead of crawling everywhere.

M Pat
M Pat

Thanks for the short but insightful posting! There's this blog by a group of ex IT recruiters ( http://xrecruiters.blogspot.co...) .They seem to know what they are talking about.

Kun Li
Kun Li

American citizens should be given H1-B visas in order to work in the USA.

Wakjob Dunfor
Wakjob Dunfor

Search "Guest Workers Exposed Chapter 3" on Google. Someone has written a book about this.

margaretbartley
margaretbartley

Back in the 90s, when American computer companies were funding the ramp-up of the Indian Institute of Technology's tech programs, one of their concerns was keeping the newly-trained foreign guest workers tied to their home country.  This has been an openly-discussion concern of the WTO since the early days of the Trade in Services agreements in the 1980s, which are still being worked out. 

This is NOT about immigration. 

Please do not get guest-worker programs and Immigration programs confused.

The H1-b program evolved into a dual-purpose program.  It was to provide a way to give On The Job Training to the newly graduated students of IIT, and also as a way to do the knowledge transfer necessary to move the world's Back Office to India.  It was *specifically* NOT an immigration program!  The whole point was that these trained employees would go back to India to become the basis of the tech sector that was being transferred from the US to Asia.

I was one of many people who tried to lobby Jim McDermott, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell, and Patty Murray into not supporting these off-shoring efforts, to no avail.  All our elected representatives and Senators were very enthusiastic supporters of moving the high-tech sector overseas, and destroying the US economy.  Why? Take a look at where their campaign contributions were coming from.

At some point, American voters will have to realize how cheap it is to buy US Congress critters.  If each American paid $10, that would raise  more than $3 billion.  It would dwarf even the largest of the insurance and banking lobbies.  It surely would drown out the Indian Caucus, which gives large campaign contributions every election.  I know it galls people to have to make "contributions" to people we are already paying, but if it works, it would be worth it!

Wakjob Dunfor
Wakjob Dunfor

There is nothing so permanent as a temporary guest worker.

Dave Chapman
Dave Chapman

Your comments are highly misleading.  The great majority of H1-B workers have applied for Green Cards (permanent residency), and the program is widely regarded as being a foot in the door for those who want to live in the USA.  Describing H1-B as a "non immigrant" program is not remotely correct.

The only reason why we have had H1-Bs going back to Asia in the last couple of years is the fact that the job market here has collapsed.

As for the rest of it, why don't you run for Congress yourself?  I did.  We need somebody who is a resident of San Jose for the upcoming election cycle. . .

margaretbartley
margaretbartley

The last I heard, about 25% of the H1-b workers had applied for a green card.  If you have numbers showing that more than 50% have applied for green cards, I would be interested in seeing it.

A. Reader
A. Reader

Dave Chapman: "Describing H1-B as a 'non immigrant' program is not remotely correct. "

U.S. Department of State website: "There are various categories (called classifications) of nonimmigrant visas for a person who wishes to work temporarily in the United States... H-1B Persons in Specialty Occupation..."http://travel.state.gov/visa/t...U.S. Department of Labor website: "The INA sets forth certain prerequisites for employers wishing to employ H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant workers"http://www.dol.gov/compliance/...

Apple
Apple

The visa pic is a J1 not H1

Dagdasondrp
Dagdasondrp

How about we replace the big bosses with grave markers ... oh I forgot that wouldn't be civilized, unlike their process of replacing us and forcing the US economy into a double dip DEPRESSION

Dave Chapman
Dave Chapman

If you work at Bank of America, then. . .

Oh, sorry, all the Americans were replaced by H1-Bs at BofA years ago.

My mistake.  :-(

Jake_leone2
Jake_leone2

Recently, InfoSys was forced to admit that it had more than 12,000 workers in the United States on a Visa, 10,500 of which are here on H-1b.  InfoSys's total U.S. workforce is only ~15,000.  Meaning that for InfoSys to be able to hire 1 U.S. citizen, they must bring in 4 or more foreign workers.

InfoSys's main job is remove whole departments from the United States and relocate them to India.  To allow companies like InfoSys to game our Visa system, and use it as a way to remove (millions) of U.S., is the most ridiculous travesty in modern american politics.

John Boehner and Barack Obama are failing to see the 600 lb Gorilla, while at the same time feeding that Gorilla all our jobs.  Forget about the debt limit, it's a symptom of the fact that our politicians are bending over backwards to provide loopholes for companies whose sole purpose is to unemploy U.S. citizens.

Most of the yearly deficit would be wiped out, if instead of lionizing companies that remove jobs, we required that they actually had to look for a U.S. citizen first, before turning to the visa system.  Currently there is no such requirement, and H-1b worker may be hired to replace a U.S. citizen, even if the U.S is qualified, is willing to work for less money.

Foreign outsourcing companies need indentured servants who will keep their mouths shut to the massive fraud and discrimination that they are engaging in.  Guys like Jack Palmer (who is recieving regular death threats) because they are speaking out about this fraud (perpetrated by InfoSys), to federal investigators, in other words U.S. citizens who have a stake in the U.S. economy, need not apply.

Look we let Japanese auto-companies in, on the promise that they wouldhire U.S. citizens, and sure enough they have.  Microsoft, Intel,Oracle, all high-tech companies, have no problem finding enough U.S.citizens to fill more than half their U.S. based positions.  Why can'tInfoSys do this?  They can't do it because they aren't even trying to.

IT IS TIME that we required that companies that use our visa system, make some effort, to hire U.S. citizens, and not just flaunt the fact that they are using our visa system to unemploy millions of U.S. citizens.

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

Ya know . ..   I never understood why they need to hire anyone from overseas when it's just as easy to train someone already here.  Come on now, why does anyone really think that folks from overseas are so much better educated, and have some secret access to all the "new stuff?"  It's clear that this program was designed to help keep American workers down and the corporate elite wealthier.  Well, they will find out that once critical mass has occurred, they will not be able to hide . ..when civilization crumbles, their paper wealth won't be worth a thing.  

____
____

How?  Easy.  If you work any of the established big tech companies like cisco, hp and the like.  With the rare exception of apple.

Dave Chapman
Dave Chapman

Actually, Apple uses a job shop to hire H1-Bs, so that their name does not appear in any of the databases.  Apple apparently has the elementary morality to be ashamed of their actions in hiring H1-B workers.

I believe that Infosys is the job shop they use. . .

Wakjob Dunfor
Wakjob Dunfor

I used to work at Apple and still have friends there. Apple hires relatively very few H-1Bs. Go watch the WWDC videos and tell me how many foreginers you see in the videos. Apple CLOSED their R&D in India in 2006. Did I mention Apple is booming? Not just booming but now the 2nd most valuable company in the US?

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I love Apple. Isn't it funny how the company that hires the least h1b visas is the second largest company in the US. This should be the example of why not to hire h1b's. Programming is more than just teaching some Indian programmer code because he has a lust for money.

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