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Member Profile: purplehaze83 (20 posts)

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Hello, I'm purplehaze83 (report this user)
I am from India
I last logged in on 02 Jun 2017
I have been a member since 09 May 2017
I have added 20 posts in trackitt forums
I added my last post on 23 May 2017
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 23 May 2017
Topic: H-1B Action coming?

I think the question you have asked applies to pretty much everybody in IT and on H1b/EB (irrespective of service or product based companies). If you are talking product, your architecture and the tools/languages you use to build it might get outdated a few years down the line. Same goes for someone who is an FTE at an organization whose core business is not IT or someone who works for an IT services org. The way to weed people out in all these business models is the same, too - up-skill yourself all the time or perish. I think the service companies were slow to this approach but are waking up in the face of competition. Anyway, as for the skills and GC correlation - I think the basic or intended premise is point-in-time or foreseeable future requirement.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 22 May 2017
Topic: H.R. 392, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

Oversimplification much? Going by your logic, there shouldn't be a concept of dual intent when it comes to H1/L1 visas, either. Yet, for reasons unknown, there seems to be no interest in doing so. How does it benefit the immigrant or a citizen when s/he is legally allowed to live and work here after I-140 has been approved but cannot switch jobs without staring at an arduous perm process? If not GC, why not allow a person to change jobs without having to start the whole GC process while s/he is waiting for dates to be current and add a criteria that the new job has to be in the same line of work as the existing I-140 and has to pay more? Why not let the market forces decide capability instead of relying on an archaic process that is no longer in tune with the times?
You don't work in IT yet know it for a fact that anybody who's working in IT and is waiting in EB2/Eb3 queue has absolutely no skills. Do some research or ask your friends who are in IT to understand the nuances of this industry. Chances are high that a person on Eb2/Eb3 did not invent multi-threading or a data structure but is damn good at understanding how these things work and builds real life trading platform applications using these concepts. Have an iota of idea of how much time it takes to be proficient in these concepts?
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 May 2017
Topic: Why US need 20K manager and only 2800 devs/year

In all seriousness, consider going to a shrink! Looks like you have lost all handles on sanity hankering after this much 'coveted' green card.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 May 2017
Topic: Top 7 IT firms to lay off at least 56K employees :O

Dude/Dudette, grow up! You're making an ass out of yourself with your juvenile attempts at pretending to be an EB1c guy and trying to annoy people.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 11 May 2017
Topic: Top 7 IT firms to lay off at least 56K employees :O

So, you create a profile, post the same message in every forum you can find that you know will stoke some more fire? Gotta admit, trackitt trolls are reaching new heights everyday!
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 10 May 2017
Topic: Best role for H1B - App Dev/Support/Businness Analysist

Yes, which is why I said generalist along with proficient (what I meant was completely in sync with time) in some core technical set. My core go-to language is Java and things have changed so much from Java 7 to Java 8 to the upcoming 9 that one can't keep track of it unless s/he invests personal time to stay up-to-date. Unfortunately, a whole lot of big name companies are still way behind in technology since IT is, for the most part, considered to be an enabler and hence the attitude of if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I will go back to healthcare as an example for my generalist comment. This was my first hand experience - we were rewriting the member portal to be in line with consumer demand, use RWD patterns etc. and were working with a consulting company that is considered to be one of the best when it comes to digital transformation. Their UI developers and architects were absolutely adept at doing their job but failed miserably at understanding core business domains. Simply put, they had absolutely no idea of how core functions like claims, membership etc. work and explaining everything down to the very basics to them was just a nightmare. You might say that that's why we have business analysts. However, in my experience, core business domain experience along with technology gives a level of intuition that you can't achieve with just technical experience.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 10 May 2017
Topic: Best role for H1B - App Dev/Support/Businness Analysist

To survive in this industry (assuming an IT function in companies where IT is more of an enabler than a core product), I think it's more important than ever to be able to wear multiple hats. I can speak for IT in the healthcare industry since that's where most of my experience has been. The way I see it, the expectation (for the most part) from a developer with 12-15 years' experience is kind of fluid in nature - that the person needs to have a core set of programming skills, along with a good understanding of the business domain so that the s/he can actually visualize an application landscape in terms of business output and then choose tools/languages that best fit the scenario. With the advent of AWS and other cloud platforms, the expectation is also that the person can wear the hat of a traditional middleware/networking/storage person, coupled with some project management skills.

I think there'll always be a demand for people who are both generalists as well as proficient at some core technical sets. Last but not the least - excellent communication skills.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 May 2017
Topic: Best role for H1B - App Dev/Support/Businness Analysist

And this is the problem - IT is ever evolving (even more so in the last 8-10 years) and what would have been considered as cutting edge is pretty much legacy now (think servlets, jsp, the whole MVC thing etc. which was a rage back in the early to mid 00s). When you say 'they are going to check', who is 'they' and how conversant are 'they' with technology trends?

'They' need a good understanding of technology to differentiate between top vs. average tech talent and I don't think that said 'they' exists in the current administrative system that adjudicates H1b applications. The easiest way for them would be to set baseline wage profiles depending on the median wage (not the prevailing wage) for that occupation code in the MSA and make it compulsory for h1b applicants to be paid equal to or more than the median wage.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 May 2017
Topic: Best role for H1B - App Dev/Support/Businness Analysist

In my opinion, application developer would be the 1st choice and like you said - not the vanilla .net, java profile but something that is more in line with latest distributed computing trends. Proficient Full Stack developers are pretty hard to come by, so are functional programmers, AWS architects etc. I could go on but I guess you got my point
BAs could be a good option too, especially in healthcare and banking domains, where the business is convoluted, lot of government compliance, EDI compliance etc.
I would put application support as last in line because a stable application/domain doesn't really require much of specialized skills after a certain point. It might have been a complex application at the time when it was built but the incidents would show a downward trend over time and would tend to be repetitive in nature. Keeping aside the h1b topic, there isn't really a lot of learning opportunity in legacy application support, either. The story is a little different in the devOps world, though. However, in my experience, there are still an awful lot of big names out there that are still stuck in the traditional realm of support.
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Posted in I-485 Forum on 09 May 2017
Topic: Who's supporting Class Action Lawsuit

Your Eb1B or A or whatever is pretty much irrelevant to the discussion. Spillover is not a 'right' given to us but it is the way USCIS has designed the process to work. The thing that riles up so many people is the tedious process that Eb2 and Eb3 applicants have to go through as compared to the Eb1c category. There's no one stopping you from imagining a world where spillover doesn't exist, heck, for that matter, imagine USA as a closed entity and that it doesn't allow for students to come in and pursue MS/PHd. Sorry to break it you, but that's not the reality. Anyways, coming back to the real world, the problem with Eb1c lies in the details of the eligibility criteria. I doubt if there'd be any attempt at fixing the criteria that currently lets companies stay within the legal boundaries and exploit the system. Sadly, it seems like the current focus is more on gimmicks and appeasement politics and anything that helps a small sub-section of would-be immigrants will be on the back burner for a while, if not forever.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 May 2017
Topic: EB1C is a new H1B

Completely with you on that one, that it is a travesty and we are spending the most productive phase of our lives stuck in this rut. Most of the mainstream media is more focused on H1b and how it displaces the American citizen because that is what sells the most and the stories can be more sensationalized. Ask yourself this question - who is going to or rather how many people are going to be interested in reading stories about Indian immigrants stuck in endless wait times because (among other things) of another immigration quota that legally allows companies to exploit the system? The prevailing sentiment is mostly anti-H1b and may be tightening the rules there will help the Eb line to move faster at some point in the future but won't be of much use to us. Add to that the fact that the general perception is we have comparatively cushy jobs, decent incomes and good lives and our stories of endless wait in the immigration system aren't going to garner any sympathy points either.
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Posted in I-140 Forum on 09 May 2017
Topic: EB1C is a new H1B

Says the person in 'impeccable' English; oh the irony LOL. In all seriousness, do you think your little act of rebel is going to bring about even an iota of change? Your bosses and higher ups do not give a crap about someone who might get 'greened' earlier than you as long as their decision monetarily benefits the company and its stockholders. This is what capitalism is and what has fueled the growth of outsourcing for the most part.
The problem with EB1c is with how generalized its rules are and how it allows employers to exploit that rule and still stay within the legalities. Lawsuits and witch hunts without any substantial evidence are mostly going to go down the drain as 'the boy who cried wolf'. This needs a complete re-write of the rules pertaining to Eb1c eligibility, a very precise definition of what counts as Eb1c eligible org chart and most importantly, a mandatory salary base that is equal to or more than what the median industry wage for a manager at the same rank is. Unfortunately, the law makers in this administration (and earlier ones) have painted the entire legal immigration system with the same brush instead of focusing on the areas that need more precise and attuned-to-time changes. Our unchecked frustration and misplaced anger/envy isn't helping the cause either!
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