Thursday, November 29, 2012

H-1B Work Visa USA–Recent Trends–Candidate Profile/Skills

 

So what kind of candidate profiles/skills, H1-B sponsor companies are interested in? I’ve depicted the most recent visible trends (in the last 3 or 4 years?) as follows:

Technology

1. Java Platform ~ 70%- 80%

2. .Net Platform ~ 15% - 20%

3. Others ~ 1% - 5% (Oracle DBA/Functional/Technical, SAP, etc.)

 

Job Role

Software Engineers / Senior Software Engineers / Software Developers / Team Leads / Technical Leads etc.

In short, they are interested in people who do “LESS TALK & MORE WORK” and their definition of “WORK is CODING”. A word of caution for you; if you have highlighted your Management experience and skills in your resume or cv, chances are that you will not make it to the shortlisted candidates.

Why is that so? my investigation suggests that there are numerous factors involved. First, “Demand leads the way” i.e. technical resources who are hands-on and can be productive from the very first day are actually in great demand in USA. But, don’t get me wrong, other job roles also have a demand, like:

Product Managers, Program Managers, Project Managers, Project Coordinators, Scrum Masters and other PMO related roles.

QA Managers, QA Engineers, Senior QA Engineers, Testers, QA Automation Engineers, QA Leads and other QA related roles.

But, typically those who are pulling resources from Pakistan or India or China, are bent on hard-core developers.

Second, developers rate are usually higher and hence better profit margin.

Third, communication is often a problem area with majority of Pakistani or Indian or Chinese resources and effective communication is a key requirement for any managerial or senior level position.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to Purchase or Buy an H-1B Work Visa?

 

You can not. It’s ILLEGAL!

If any company or individual lure you into selling or arranging an H-1B Work Visa “deal” – STAY AWAY FROM THEM. Never, ever engage in these illegal activities and inform USCIS about any such scams.

Let me share with one such scam that I came to know and which was also mentioned by one of our readers. Following is the actual extract from FBI website (see actual link at the end)

Clinton Men Sentenced to Prison for Visa Fraud, Forfeit Illicit Proceeds

U.S. Attorney’s Office April 20, 2011

  • Southern District of Iowa (515) 473-9300

DAVENPORT, IA—On April 20, 2011, Fazal Mehmood, also known as Fazal Mehmood Awan, 51, and Vineet Maheshwari, 37, were sentenced today in federal court in Davenport for conspiracy to commit visa fraud and making false statements to the United States and for engaging in monetary transactions in criminally derived property. The sentencing hearing was held before the Honorable John A. Jarvey, Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. Judge Jarvey imposed a sentence of 40 months in federal prison on each count as to both defendants to run concurrently to be followed by three years of supervised release should the defendant be allowed to remain in the United States. During the sentencing hearing, Defendant Fazal Mehmood agreed to be deported to Pakistan.

The defendants, originally from Pakistan and India, respectively, pled guilty in April of 2010 to charges that they conspired, through Worldwide Software Services, Inc., headquartered in Clinton, to provide numerous false documents to the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security, sponsoring foreign workers under the H-1B visa program. They also plead guilty to engaging in a monetary transaction of more than $10,000 and which money was criminally derived from the fraud. In a separate agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office, the defendants conceded the conspiracy involved more than 100 false documents and that each had an aggravated role in the offenses.

In addition to the prison sentences the judge ordered the defendants to forfeit more than $1 million in proceeds of the visa fraud. Judge Jarvey found that the fraud was “long-standing” and “sophisticated” and he commended the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Office of Inspector General - Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations, and the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, for their thorough investigation.

This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa. The case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Office of Inspector General - Department of Labor, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigations, and the Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General and the Clinton Police Department.

FBI Website Link of the Story - http://www.fbi.gov/omaha/press-releases/2011/clinton-men-sentenced-to-prison-for-visa-fraud-forfeit-illicit-proceeds

News reported by Clinton’s Local Newspaper - http://clintonherald.com/local/x211861615/FBI-arrests-2-Clinton-men?keyword=leadpicturestory

Monday, November 26, 2012

Companies who sponsor H-1B Work Visa for USA in Pakistan

 

One of the most frequently asked question I encounter is, which companies (local or foreign) are sponsoring H-1B Visa’s in Pakistan? I’m listing down a number of IT & IT Enabled Services (ITES) companies who are known to have sponsored candidates from Pakistan in past 5 years or more. And, I personally know and have met the candidates from these companies (except one).

Company in USA

Local Representation in Pakistan

Macrosoft Inc.
2 Sylvan Way 3rd Floor
Parsippany, NJ 07054
http://www.macrosoftinc.com/

Macrosoft Pakistan (SMC-PVT) Limited
42-A, Abu Bakar Block,
New Garden Town,
Lahore, Pakistan.
http://www.macrosoftpakistan.com

Netpace Inc.
12657 Alcosta Blvd.
Suite 410 San Ramon,
CA 9458
http://www.netpace.com
Netpace Systems (Pvt) Ltd
1003-4, Park Avenue,
Shara-e-Faisal,
Karachi 75400, Pakistan.
http://www.netpace.com
NetProSys Inc./ Progressive Systems
(They seems to be out of operations by this name. And, unconfirmed news is that they have been acquired and/or re-branded by/as RaaWee, Inc. (see below)
 
RaaWee Inc.
Eastside Atrium,
800 E. Campbell Rd, Suite 201,
Richardson, TX 75081
http://raawee.com
Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates (Pvt) Ltd
Beaumont Plaza, Beaumont Road
Karachi 75530, Pakistan
http://www.sidathyder.com.pk
NorthStar Technologies Inc.
161 Kimball Bridge Road
Suite #200
Alpharetta, GA 30009
http://www.globalnorthstar.com

Sibisoft (Pvt.) Ltd.
National IT Park
Suite # 1214, Caesars Tower
Shahrah-e-Faisal
Karachi - 74400, Pakistan
http://www.sibisoft.com

360training.com, Inc.
13801 N. Mo-Pac, Suite 100
Austin, Texas 78727
http://www.360training.com

Softech Corporation (Pvt) Ltd.
# 502, 5th Floor, Anum Empire
Shahrah-e-Faisal,
Karachi, Pakistan
http://www.360training.com


Besides the ones mentioned above, there are other ITES companies that have presence in Pakistan and are on the record to have sponsor H-1B visas. However, it might be possible that the actual candidates are sponsored from other countries (where they also have presence besides USA and Pakistan). I’m not personally, or through my contacts, aware of any sponsorship cases by these companies:

Company in USA

Local Representation in Pakistan

Mentor Graphics Corporation
8005 SW Boeckman Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070
http://www.mentor.com

Mentor Graphics (Pakistan) Development (Pvt) Ltd
Floors # 5-6-7-8th, Ali Tower
105 B2 MM Alam Road Gulberg III
Lahore, Pakistan 54660
http://www.mentor.com
TRG  
NetSol IR  
Mixit  
Primatics Financials  

In the end, there are companies other than ITES sector that are also on the records to have sponsor H-1B visas:

  • National Bank of Pakistan
  • Pakistan Link
  • Pakistan Publications Inc
  • Taj Software Systems Corporation (Indian company, but have known to run ads for Pakistani candidates in Pakistan as well)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Why a dedicated blog on H-1B Work Visa USA?

I remember my time, when I was weighing different career growth options, and H1B was also among them, I find it really difficult to get accurate, reliable and sufficient information on H1B Work Visa Sponsorship for United States of America (USA). The websites, blogs and forums I was able to locate had almost nothing relevant for an interested candidate like me living in Karachi, Pakistan. So, now, after experiencing all the process myself, I thought to share that information with people who are looking for accurate and reliable information on the subject.

I will walk you through each step of the process with every single detail that I witness myself and then corroborate that with other similar accounts of friends, colleagues and relatives that I know personally and who have experience the same process with in last couple of years.

In case, I left something un-answered or forget to address any part, or you want more detail on any subject, please feel free to mention that in comments of the post. I’ll follow up that with a new related post and shed light on the subject to clarify it further. Even though I have planned a number of posts in my mind, and also have prioritize them, but if you want me to address any thing earlier on, do mention it in the comments and I’ll adjust my posts accordingly.

In the end, I’m on extended vacation these days, therefore, you might experience delays between posts, but I’ll try to keep them coming in a pace that would neither left your queries un-attended, nor sabotage my vacations Smile