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Someone forwarded me this in the morning. Don't know why, I just thought that someone here will be able to relate to this life experience.

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A personal experience from a “still trying to decide” immigrant to the United States, that may just help the readers understand some real-world perspectives, over and above from raw statistics. My hope is also that this post will help distill facts from quite a few incorrect perceptions on high-technology U.S. immigration — starkly different as they are, from the “cheap labor” problem that the U.S. software industry and society is rife with. I know for a fact that my situation is true for thousands of others, but only a few and select thousands, so that their stories are often drowned in a bustling democratic society. Please bear with me as I forgo my modesty in the interest of providing you with my background.

I happen to have been born in India, among those lucky enough to not only have access to a good education but also with a strong passion for engineering/scientific research as a fulfilling career. After graduating from the premier engineering institution in India, I was accepted for graduate study in one of the best U.S. graduate schools with a Dean’s Fellowship. After completing my Master’s degree and thesis, I chose to move to a U.S. graduate school (ranked as one of the “top 10″) to work for a world-renowned professor on my doctoral dissertation. Throughout my entire graduate career spanning 6 years in the two top-ranked American schools, I earned my subsistence with full-tuition waiver from competitively earned fellowship and scholarship almost completely at U.S. taxpayer expense, totaling about $ 0.5 Million. For about one year of my doctoral dissertation research, I was picked and paid to work embedded at the world’s largest semiconductor company as my talent and work was deemed worthwhile in their efforts to develop the latest and greatest technology in my field. I was awarded the “best research” prize for my doctoral dissertation across disciplines and departments, by the dean of engineering at my alma-mater (the largest public university in the U.S.) — on which I have published many well-cited research papers in the most selective peer-reviewed journals and conferences while also serving as judges in peer-reviewing the work of others. Today I to work in the position of a senior research and development engineer in the semiconductor industry and might I add, I don’t work for cheaper wages compared to any U.S. citizen’s. Just a few months ago, our company shipped the world’s first commercial chip with a novel technology (that has been researched on for the last 40 years but never before successfully deployed), ahead of our South Korean competitor company. My work on a critical and fundamental aspect of this technology went into the working of every chip being shipped with this technology.

Today I am writing this post sitting in India, because for the last 91 days, the U.S. government is trying to decide whether my fully-public, U.S. government and industry funded, published and award-winning research work is aiding terrorists, before they will stamp my H1-B visa. As my petition for U.S. permanent residency as an “outstanding researcher” will take all of 2 years for the government bureaucracy to process, I need the H1-B visa to travel on business in and out of U.S. When I went for the visa stamp, I was promised 4-6 weeks processing time. Just as everyone else under such a “security check” (which pretty much includes everyone with a degree higher than B.S., in any field, currently), I am left stranded without any expectation of accountability or transparency from the U.S. Dept. of State.

I have continuously resided in the U.S. since 2001, and today the silly, disfunctional bureaucracy of U.S. immigration laws is making me seriously rethink whether my talent and career is better contributed to, leveraged at and further developed some other more receptive nation — even as I believe the the U.S. is today my adopted home and would like to give back to the American society that allowed me to professionally achieve nearly everything I have so far, including the international reputation in my field of expertise.

I am not alone. There are a few thousand others with Ph.D.s like me whose lives are being turned upside down by these ham-handed and self-defeating policies of the United States’ immigration. Meritocracy and passion for our work is all that we needed to get us to the points of our careers, not lower wages or longer hours than any of our U.S. citizen peers or immigrants from any other nations. Today I work in a team led by an American manager and team-members comprising natives of Europe, Asia and U.S, selected only on the basis of their abilities and performance, and nothing else. I might add that our team of research & development engineers in Silicon Valley exists today only because of our intrinsic value to our company and these jobs would have long moved to the European operations had we not justified our paychecks irrespective of our nationalities or location. I would like to affirm that we create and justify our own jobs and not “steal” anyone else’s — and we picked our careers and jobs because they are life’s passion (with our intellect and training we could, arguably, earned a much fatter paycheck perhaps in the financial industry).

Most of the media reports in today’s dire economy about high-tech immigration are so often mired with reports of fraudulent H1-B workers and those accepting cheaper wages that the perspectives and plights of us highly qualified, positively contributing researchers to the society and economy are never heard in the din. Most ironically for the United States, a huge majority of us have been educated and trained at the U.S. taxpayer expense to become some of the best in the world in their respective areas of expertise. Despite criticism from several agencies and expert groups such as Government Accountability Office and leaders of academia and industry (including Nobel laureates) against such self-defeating immigration laws and policies, no constructive changes have ever occured. Personally, I am pretty close to the breaking-point and mulling a decision on the very topic of this article, but I hope I have highlighted the plights of a specific category of these contributing immigrants to America with high-returns for the nation, as opposed to the larger statistics that often misses them.

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Welcome to 2009 United Socialist Protectionist States of America where innovation, entrepreneurship , skills and creativity will have no market value
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If anyone thinks that only the bad apples will be plucked and disposed, Here's a good one left hanging for ever in the name of "what ever", I should say, given everything above is true, an exceptional one. Does people still think that what ever is going on around, is not a part of larger "protectionist" agenda headed by anti-eb-immigrants? This is one of many stories may be yet to be written.

Do you need more proof? just wait for some more time, you will hear more of tourture and reducule.

What surprises me though is that some folks still doesn't get it and they repeatedly post as if only the bad ones are impacted. Unfortunate!
Thanks for sharing this. Hopefully this help some folks wake up to reality.

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The Statue of Liberty says : give me your poor, homeless etc. etc. right. What it actually meant was this: as long as they are from a certain geographical region (atleast as per the pre-1964 immigration law)
My neighbour back home graduated from Columbia University with a Ph.d in Chemical Engineering in 1954. He had a friend who completed his Ph.d in Oceanography from Florida State in the same year. Both had apparently decided to move back as they didn't see a viable way of making a life in the US.
The only reason they are able to get away with it is because we tolerate it, me included.
Everybody knows the DV lottery is a joke, including the lawmakers. Now they want to expand that crappy little program to 100,000, because it attracts people from Europe.

Anyway my point is this: They don't really care. They know all the facts, yet do it intentionally. This guy should've stolen blueprints to that chip on his way home.
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Send this one to the Media like AP and NY Times...let all those morons know whats happening and who is losing...
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I believe that this is the personal website of the guy. Looks impressive. We may contact him if needed:
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All though, I am not as talented as the guy wrote this article but I also think I should go back to India and startup some thing of my own. Atleast I will be in a place where I am welcomed...
Thanks for writing this article...good job!!
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All though, I am not as talented as the guy wrote this article but I also think I should go back to India and startup some thing of my own. Atleast I will be in a place where I am welcomed...
Thanks for writing this article...good job!!
Starting something in India is too hard. Still the states are being ruled by corrupted politicians who are making their family richer and richer. merrit is still not acknowledged. I feel very bad to tell this but it is the reality.
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I am curious if Mr Sarkar's employer has made any bureaucratic efforts on his behalf to expedite his H1B stamping. I am sure his inability to return back to work in the US would be affecting the projects depending on him. Ideally, his employer should’ve approached an influential member of the House or the Senate to request the Department of State to expedite the clearances needed to issue the visa. Executive intervention in the case of high-value workers is usually quite effective.

It’s quite possible that this has been tried without success. I wish Mr Sarkar would share details on this as well. If this approach too didn’t succeed, it would further reinforce the idea that the bureaucracy is damaging the American enterprise.
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Sorry to hear about the situation of jsarkar. Hope he gets his visa soon.
Seems like he is thinking that the tax payers paid for his education. Being on F1 and then on H1, he would not have qualified for federal loans and grants. Whatever scholarship he got was probably from his university's endowment funds.

He truly is one high-skilled dude!
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He truly is one high-skilled dude!
And you are truly a Pakistani terrorist.

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Seems to be the issue here. Usually anybody working in an area which deals directly with technology utilized for military applications are slapped with this "Request for additional information" . They may or may not work with defense contractors directly, but anything seemingly complex is slapped with 221g by the consular officers. It usually takes 2-3 months to clear. It happened to a former classmate of mine working for the material engineering division in Timken, who contract their composite technology to people like Lockheed and Boeing for use in fighter jet manufacturing. His H1B stamping was finally approved after 8 weeks of uncertainty.

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And you are truly a Pakistani terrorist.

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Seems like you are stressed out and that is making you to loose your bearings.
Btw, what made you to think so?
Dude, you should come up with something more nastier to provoke me!
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Its a shame that people like "J Sarkar" are going through this ordeal. I guess the change mantra of the present democratic administration is totally farse. Idiots. In fact the proponent of change everywhere "Mr Obama" is turning out to be very very anti-legal-immigrant. Shame on the Democrats.
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