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What is ICC (IT Consulting Company)?

IT Consulting Company, also referred to as IT Service Providers, are usually labelled as multinational corporations, specializing in providing certain types of services to business with overseas workforce. Different ICCs provide different areas of expertise. Sometimes the work is done remotely offsite, but in most cases, international workforce are placed onsite at clients offices. 

Top ICCs:

  • Accenture
  • TCS
  • Cognizant
  • Wipro
  • HCL
  • Capgemini
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • DXC Technology Company
  • NTT DATA

How does ICC bring over international workforces?

(Data point from an Infosys employee)

  • Step 1: Get hired by ICCs.
  • Step 2: Go through bootcamp. Technical skill trainings, interview skill trainings, “polish resume” trainings are provided. Very specific skills are taught like how to answer questions as someone you are pretending to be (with the polished resume).
  • Step 3: Interview with clients with skills learned from bootcamp.
  • Step 4: Receive contracting offer(s). Offer amount are normally split between ICC and employees. (70%, 30% in this case)
  • Step 5: Apply for H1b(s). Depend on how many offers one receive. There were people who filed 5 applications at once. And in most cases, 2 applications is the bare minimum as majority of them are bachelors. They need to increase their chances of getting selected from the regular cap. 
  • Step 6: Maintain legal status in the US by enrolling in US schools specializes in providing curricular training credits for work authorization while filing for H1b petitions.
    • International American University
    • International Technological University
    • Sophia University
  • Step 7: Extend US status if not selected by 1. Finishing a degree and use OPT. 2. If OPT not applicable, start another degree and apply for CPT.

A Brief about HR1044/S386

HR1044 has nothing to do with fair. United we can stop it.

Don’t know what is HR 1044?

Here are the facts you need to know about HR1044/S386… and HOW TO STOP IT!

— Oscar Wilde.

What is it?

The HR1044/S386 is a bill on immigration/green card that recently passed the House. It plans to lift the per-country limit on green cards. 

As a result, the backlog of some countries (namely, India) will flood into everyone else’s pool, and all new green card applicants on EB2/3 need to wait 6+ years, until the backlog disappears.

Background

If a foreigner doesn’t have a family here, the primary way to get a green card is through employment (EB2 or EB3). They prove they have a skill that a US company needs, get a work visa (H-1b), and after some years they can apply for a green card and wait in the queue.

There has been a lot of H-1b abuse in the past years. Many puppet IT consulting companies did H-1b fraud by claiming that they “hired” some foreigners, so that they could obtain a work visa and file green card applications. Those people are the main source of current green card backlogs.

What consequences will it bring?

For the next 6+ years, in the professional/skilled category, only people in the backlog can ever get a new green card. Those people are primarily from the same country (Indian) and in the same industry (IT tech consultants). This means:

  • Other industries will not be able to find any foreign skilled workers. For example, some states will see a shortage of nurses.
    • Senator Rand Paul has an amendment bill for this.
  • People of all races will be discouraged to come to the US if they know their wait will increase by at least 6 years.
    • America is partly built on talents from all over the world, because they are attracted by this “American Dream”.
    • Universities, for one, will lose a lot of talents who are currently pursuing high degree and will definitely miss the 3-year transition period.
  • H-1b abuse will happen more often than ever, because this bill fixes nothing of it.
    • Many of the abusers currently in queue doesn’t even have a US college degree and have never received US education.

How to stop it

The bill has already passed the House, and will proceed to the Senate. Possible ways to help:

  • Contact the local senators through emails and talks;
  • Contact the media;
  • Spread the news to other immigrants and concerned groups, so that more people can join.