Some H1B Visa Holders Finding the USA 'Welcome Mat' Torn and Frayed

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GCG Worldwide, an internationally known Consulting group, shares insight in a recent White Paper about the road frequently traveled by H1B Visa Holders, who come to the USA at the request and support of an employer, but find the road is not paved with gold…or even paved, in some cases.

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Recent surveys and anecdotal stories shared by clients paint a somber story; H1B Visa Holders, brought to the USA and promised both equal treatment and equal opportunity are finding it more and more difficult to live happily in a land where, quite honestly, the natives are getting more and more restless. With recent major announcements of major corporate layoffs in the thousands and another round of downsizings appearing just around the corner, the proverbial “Give me your tired huddled masses” may seem to be ‘pie in the sky’ for H1B Visa Immigrants here in the USA.

“With the world heading more and more toward “one world” development, production and consumption, it’s not surprising that some group will find itself left out in the cold,” says Alan Guinn, Managing Director and CEO of GCG. “What we’re finding so surprising is the fact that this is not happening just in one area, or in one industry, but is happening in so many different areas and industries.”

Historically, H1B Visa workers have been focused in the IT industries and post-Internet and .com meltdown, it’s been more and more difficult for them to keep a job from one year to the next. “First found, first hired, first fired,” says Guinn. “The difference is that if they don’t have a job, they may or may not find something else. They generally go back home.”

New approaches to dealing with salaries, guarantees and work product of H1B Visa workers are growing to address their needs. Saga Consulting Services, of Pittsburgh and Houston, has developed a marketing program specifically to address the issue. “As a part of our ‘Saga Economy’ approach, we strive to surface issues that are evident, and resolve challenges before they become challenges. Cognizance is our byword,” says Kashif Aftab, VP of Saga. “We help the stakeholder make modifications to his or her expectations.”

Employers have found that when you can hire a foreign worker just by sponsoring a work visa and then pay them at 50% or less of the generally acceptable wage rate, significantly expansion of corporate profits can occur. Generally speaking, they would not consider hiring an American worker to whom they would have to pay much higher wages with additional, added benefits. Hence, the employer thus takes advantage of the situation and the H1B Visa holder keeps his silence since he either does not know any better or he must worry about his work Visa sponsorship.

Action pending in Congress may address inequities, but for some H1B Visa holders, it may be too little, too late. “We brought them here on a promise and a prayer” says Guinn, “but we may send them back with dashed dreams and broken spirits.”

For additional information, contact Alan Guinn, GCG Worldwide at 1.917.224.6782, or Kashif Aftab at 713.840.6302.


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