Vivek Wadhwa: Stop the U.S. Highly-Skilled ‘Immigrant Exodus’ Now

America, we have a problem.

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United States policymakers are failing to address the departure from this country of tens of thousands of talented immigrants — including engineers, doctors, lawyers and teachers. These highly-skilled workers are leaving the U.S. because they can’t obtain permanent residency here. Outdated immigration laws and regulations, bureaucratic delays and partisan bickering have created a Kafka-esque situation where the U.S. is inexplicably telling the smartest immigrants to go home. In the midst of a hotly contested presidential race in which immigration is a key issue, forget about actual immigration reform anytime soon. As per usual, U.S. politicians are all talk, but no action.

America’s “immigrant exodus,” as described by author Vivek Wadhwa (pictured above), should be very alarming for a country built on the backs and minds of immigrants. After over 200 years of welcoming immigrants into this country, the U.S. is now telling the best immigrants to go away, Wadhwa argues in his new book, The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent. How many times in U.S. history have yesterday’s poor, tired, huddled masses spawned the next great entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, or teacher? New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were built by immigrants. Most attention gets focused on success stories like Andy Grove, Sergey Brin, and Elon Musk, but there are tens of thousands of less well-known immigrant entrepreneurs and other skilled professionals who want to stay in the United States but can’t, due to our byzantine and outdated immigration laws.

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This is but one example of a U.S. immigration system that’s terribly broken. We can fix it. It’s an issue that policymakers should pay attention to because their actions will have a direct impact on U.S. competitiveness over the next several decades. By now, the value of immigrant entrepreneurs to the U.S. economy is beyond doubt. But the appeal of the United States as an immigrant business incubator may be slipping away. A new study co-authored by Wadhwa and released by the Kauffman Foundation shows that the proportion of immigrant-founded companies nationwide has slipped from 25.3% to 24.3% since 2005, and in Silicon Valley, the percentage of immigrant-founded startups declined from 52.4% to 43.9% during that time. This is the wrong direction.

“For several years, anecdotal evidence has suggested that an unwelcoming immigration system and environment in the U.S. has created a ‘reverse brain drain.’ This report confirms it with data,” said Dane Stangler, director of Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “To maintain a dynamic economy, the U.S. needs to embrace immigrant entrepreneurs.” According to the study, immigrant founders are most likely to start companies in the “innovation/manufacturing-related services (45%) and software (22%) industries,” and employed some 560,000 workers nationwide. These companies generated an estimated $63 billion in sales from 2006 to 2012, the study found.

Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with Wadhwa, who came to the U.S. as an immigrant entrepreneur two decades ago, and has since become a U.S. citizen. Wadhwa, a journalist and college professor with appointments at Duke and Stanford, has developed a reputation as a smart tech policy commentator. “Skilled immigrants have contributed disproportionately to U.S competitiveness,” Wadhwa told me in a phone interview. “They start an extraordinary number of companies and they file an extraordinary number of patents. They’ve been giving America its edge.”

Wadhwa says the neglected state of U.S. immigration policy has created a situation where we are kicking highly skilled workers out of the country before they’ve had a chance to fully realize their promise in America. The U.S. grants tens of thousands of education and work visas to skilled-immigrants every year, but because of arbitrary caps, the demand and need for such visas has now out-stripped supply. “We bring people in as students, we bring them in to work for American companies, but we won’t let them stay beyond a short period of time.”

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As a result of this “reverse brain drain,” as Wadhwa and his colleagues called it in earlier research on this topic, highly skilled workers and professionals are increasingly looking to other global markets to locate their businesses. “We’re seeing a boom in technology entrepreneurship in India, China, and even Russia, because the U.S. won’t let people stay here,” Wadhwa told TIME. “Their first choice is to be here. They came here, they’re working here, they want to stay here, but we won’t give them visas.”

This is a very bad trend for the U.S., especially at a time when we need to encourage and cultivate entrepreneurship and job creation at home. The toxic U.S. political climate — partisan bickering, congressional inaction, and bureaucratic inertia — have only worsened the problem. Both political parties are to blame — and the over-arching debate over undocumented immigrant amnesty has all but ruled out progress during an election year. “Both the Democrats and the Republicans agree that we want the entrepreneurs, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers,” says Wadhwa. “Everyone agrees that we want these people to stay. But there’s a stalemate on the issue of amnesty for illegal workers.”

“The Democrats won’t let any legislation pass unless it solves the problem of the illegals,” Wadhwa adds. “The Republicans won’t let any legislation pass if it solves the problem of the illegals. It’s a quagmire, because they refuse to agree with each other. It’s two sides fighting each other mindlessly.” Wadhwa says the United States Congress should pass a law reforming our immigration system that allows the most talented immigrant entrepreneurs, engineers, lawyers, doctors to gain U.S. citizenship. Until then, our cash-strapped education system is simply going to train these people, before we send them back home.

57 comments
GlobDesign
GlobDesign

From: Rajesh Kumar Ramachandran
Subject: Listen to me A******!!
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 20:49:20 -0700 (PDT)

Now listen carefully to me a******.. dont just bark around in the corner like a rabies stricken stray dog about your pathetic views about politics and jobs. If your insecure about your skills and abilities thats your f****** problem not Indians or any other politicians.. Well you want me to provoke you well then hear this, we are gonna take all your jobs away.. we gonna make sure that you dont even have money to buy s*** and eat, we gonna take evrything thatwas yours. we gonna drape the Statue of Liberty with a saree (you dont know wahta saree iis, well its a dress which Indian women wear).. now get your f****** stinking face out of here A******!!!!!

GlobDesign
GlobDesign

Deport this NASSCOM conman now. If immigrants were geniuses the US should be booming - we've been importing them for 15 years and they have taken over. Why isn't the US booming as claimed if they are so brilliant?

Bonbon
Bonbon

I totally agree with the US immigration policy of not simply keeping the gate open.  The US Immigration policy is the most liberal one and forgiving one.  I want to know how many countries in the world will forgive illegal immigrants and give jobs to foreigners.  For example, if I want to work in India, I will never get a job because I am not an Indian.  On the contrary, many Indians who graduated from third class institutions enter this country and accept less paying jobs just to get a green card and settle down here.  I have to go through hundreds of bureaucratic hurdles if I want to get a citizenship of most countries in contrast to the liberal and streamlined policies we have in the USA.  I support the idea of increasing the immigration fee to $10,000 per person to create a revenue because it may not be a big time money for many Indians who have a lot of black money.  Jobs in America are for Americans first.  Since green card holders cannot vote but draw all benefits, their taxes should be higher than what is paid by the US citizens.  The time period between green card and citizenship should be increased to 10 years.

Mak'Odemba Humphrey
Mak'Odemba Humphrey

I had a H-1B Visa to move to the US as a Financial expert but I decided to stay in my country, Kenya, and work there.  The US is no longer attractive. And I don't want to give the best of my years to a society that will not reciprocate.

StretchRun
StretchRun

We need to enact policies that encourage Americans to get the skills necessary to replace foreign talent.  We need to stress education, particularly the accumulation of skill sets as a base to build on.  It is sickening to watch so many Americans undervalue education and envision the past as a harbinger of the future.  Change is happening at warp speed while young people are growing up hoping to do what their fathers and mothers did.  Those who have vision must share it, and governments must encourage Americans to prepare for the next economy.

bibleverse1
bibleverse1

There are plenty of highly skilled Americans to do these jobs.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

28 million jobs have been lost in America is the floodgates opened in 1998. Creating jobs? That's what AMERICANS did from1980-1998, immigrants on the other hand have destroyed 28 million jobs. We need these people like we need a hole in the head.

Abraham Goldstein
Abraham Goldstein

If people want to come here and create jobs, they should first pay us money for citizenship, say 250 thousand apiece to help pay the debt. We can manage just as we have when we invented the internet, put men on the moon, and won WW2, without anyone but us good ole' boys.

Calipenguin
Calipenguin

 The problem with importing brainy immigrants is that it tells our children to not even bother to compete in math and science.  Our corporations see no need to improve local schools when new talent is just a plane ride away.  If China's students beat America's students at math, we shrug and say "so what" since it's the children of East Asian and South Asian immigrants that bear our standard anyways.  We must impose realistic caps on immigration of knowledge workers so that our children see a role for themselves in the future economy.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

PhDs, Bachelor's degrees on sale in Punjab

If you want a Bachelor's degree in Science or the Arts, you don't

have to be a student. A PhD? No problem. As long as you have some cash,

you can get the degree of your choice. Exams, attending classes - that's

old school. NDTV exposes a multi-crore racket of private universities

selling degrees in Punjab.

 

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

HP and Siemens are both going down the tubes fast. Guess which two companies hired huge numbers of Indian guest workers around 8-10 years ago....

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

MUMBAI: Across the

world, India is seen as an education powerhouse — based largely on the

reputation of a few islands of academic excellence such as the IITs. But

scratch the glossy surface of our education system and the picture

turns seriously bleak.

Fifteen-year-old Indians who were put,

for the first time, on a global stage stood second to last, only beating

Kyrgyzstan when tested on their reading, math and science abilities.

Captain Bullfrog
Captain Bullfrog

Byzantine. Outdated. Neglected State. Toxic. Hoo-whee.... Look at all the alarming negative adjectives.

I thought we were already past this iteration of propaganda - or did it take that long to write this manifesto?

I have to give it to you Vivek - despite getting discredited and beat down repeatedly, you still manage to stand back up with the same story thinking there might be someone out there that hasn't heard it and buy in. It's like a bad dream. Over. And over. And over.

OMG the sky is falling!! Can we review? The H1Ber's - they. are. not. immigrants. They are temporary workers. Temporary - as in... plan to go back home?  There were no guarantees when they signed on the line yet there is all this crying because they now expect to be let in and its taking SOOO LONG to get a green card. Dual intent doesn't = unconditional green card.

We got on just fine before the out of towners spiked in the late 90's so please don't go preaching that we are failing because nobody is getting a green card as quickly as they want. We developed the IT industry. Imagine that. Oh.. and the O/S too.  And Sergey was here since he was what, 6 years old? I keep hearing that one from the Pro's - bit of a stretch but you all keep pitching it all the same.

The Germans, Brits or Japanese aren't lobbying our politicians to change the immigration laws. Are they. (Immigration Voice, anyone?)  But then again, they aren't lining up to get into the country either.....

Oh, we're going to be just fine despite your disaster prophecies.

How did we move from temporary work permits to immigrants that are slipping away?

Rajesh_Kumar_Patel
Rajesh_Kumar_Patel

Also, is it just me, or does anyone else see the inconsistencies with the pro-visa worker/pro-outsourcer arguments - ??? Are they at odds with each other, or two sides of the same coin?

First we heard how ousourcing was going to save us all and make everything better for us, "globalization" is the way things are going ( globalized trade has been around for centuries, and doesn't really work in the contemporary case ). Outsourcing would raise the standard of living for other countries ( mainly india ), and then they would buy more of our stuff ( I don't even know where to begin with how wrong that is ).

Now, we hear that NOTletting in hoards of junior low/no skilled guest workers - masquerading as senior level experts - is going to drive us to ruin. So, why don't they stay where they are and raise the standard of living at home, so they can buy more stuff from us ???

Is outsourcing all of our jobs good and not letting in guest workers that could be used for outsourcing the way to go, OR is oustourcing bad and we should bring in as many of them as possible ?

Are you as confused as I am at this con-job ????

Rajesh_Kumar_Patel
Rajesh_Kumar_Patel

oh boy, here we go with the H1b visa con-job book tour. If you really want to learn the truth about how the guest/scab worker program is ruining our economy ( and no, we don't have a shortage of skills and talent in this country, despite what some would have you believe ), then try Ron Hira's book, "Outsourcing America" - the real truth about the poison that we are importing. The above article is nothing more than a bunch of agenda-driven scare tactics, most of which people are beginning to ignore anyways.

Joe Barnaby
Joe Barnaby

Actually, the vast majority of H-1bs work at outsourcing companies.  Do we really need to ship more jobs overseas?  The H-1b outsourcing visa is a problem, not a solution.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

Indians are "a slippery, treacherous people", said the late US president Richard Nixon. "The Indians are bastards anyway. They are the most aggressive g**damn people around", echoed his assistant for national security affairs, Henry Kissinger.

Wakjob
Wakjob

Asia’s rampant cheating problem

Determined to get into U.S. colleges, more

and more students turn to fake transcripts, essays and SAT scores

By Patrick Winn

BANGKOK, Thailand — From sleep to social lives, there is little

Asia’s most upwardly mobile students won’t sacrifice for education.

Though they belong to the so-called “Asian Century,” American colleges

remain the premier destination for the elite from Shanghai to Singapore

to Seoul.

The

path to U.S. college acceptance, however, increasingly compels students

to sacrifice their integrity. For the right price, unscrupulous college

prep agencies offer ghostwritten essays in flawless English, fake

awards, manipulated transcripts and even whiz kids for hire who’ll pose

as the applicant for SAT exams.

“Oh my God, they can do everything

for you,” said Nok, 17-year-old Thai senior in her final year at a

private Bangkok high school. (She asked GlobalPost to alter her name for

this article.) “They can take the SAT for you, no problem. Most

students don’t really think it’s wrong.”

GlobDesign
GlobDesign

@Bonbon Title 8 Section 1182 - INADMISSIBLE ALIENS says ALL foreign workers are inadmissible and cannot work here if Americans are being negatively impacted. Start suing companies under this law if they hire ANY foreign worker for any position you apply for and get denied.

IT'S THE LAW.

zztzzt
zztzzt

@Bonbon : it takes about 10 years for an Indian to get from H1 to Green Card. And then another 5-6 years to get to citizenship.  How's that liberal?  That's at least 15 years (not counting 3-6 years of H1 before starting the Green Card process).. This time they have a lot less rights than you have, but they are REQUIRED to work. If they don't work , their H1 is not valid and they get thrown out of the country. Yes, thrown out of the country. That means NO welfare/unemployment, and no other services which citizens take for granted.  And most of the time they just work the 6 years on H1 and then they are forced to go back. Hows that fair? Hows that fair to US and hows that fair to that person and his family?  6 years lost, when all his taxes and even his retirement portion go to US citizens. And no,they are not forced or not even able to accept less paying jobs. Because there's a concept called "Prevailing Wage" in the immigration law which says how much they are supposed to be making per hour/year. They cannot make nor accept less than that because their visas would not go through. So, they get the same salary you would get, they have less rights, and they are stripped away of everything when the visa runs out.  Jobs in America ar for Americans first?  The reason companies are bringing immigrants is knowledge. Because local knowledge is (as the article says) drying out.  Because americans are cramped with student loans or cannot even take one, and therefore their education is less than the education of an Indian where school is free and at a similar level to what it is in the US, if not even better. An article I read at some point was saying that a staggering percent of americans are working in low-level jobs. It would be a lot to say, but I'm not going to, because your mind is set already.

GlobDesign
GlobDesign

@Mak'Odemba Humphrey The US is no longer attractive because millions of grifters like you have been draining it for 15 years.

GlobDesign
GlobDesign

@StretchRun IIT can't even get accreditation in India. America's schools are the best in the world. We currently educate 60,000 Chinese and 90,000 Indians every year in our colleges. Why are they all coming here to get educated if our schools are so bad?

GlobDesign
GlobDesign

@bibleverse1 I wrote software at Apple and Sony including for PlayStation 2 - I am unemployed. I guess I'm not skilled enough.

zztzzt
zztzzt

@Abraham Goldstein : a bit of clarification:  US has put men on the moon with the help of german scientists (von Braun / Hermann Oberth). But they were just immigrants, not worth mentioning them. Needless to say, one of Google's founders is also an immigrant (Sergey Brinn).  About the creation of internet, again, some immigrants not worth mentioning (Specification of Internet Transmission Control Program, by Vinton Cerf, Yogen Dalal, and Carl Sunshine). Won WW2 -- yes we did, working together with Great Britain and Russia.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

MUMBAI: Across the

world, India is seen as an education powerhouse — based largely on the

reputation of a few islands of academic excellence such as the IITs. But

scratch the glossy surface of our education system and the picture

turns seriously bleak.

Fifteen-year-old Indians who were put,

for the first time, on a global stage stood second to last, only beating

Kyrgyzstan when tested on their reading, math and science abilities. India ranked second last among the 73 countries that participated in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), conducted annually to evaluate education systems worldwide by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Secretariat. The survey is based on two-hour tests that half a million students are put through.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

Bill Gates amp; Steve Jobs were both college dropouts. America has more than enough brains and talent. If these people are we are importing are so brilliant then why has 14 years of brining in millions of them destroyed the US economy? 14 years ago when Americans ran the US economy it was BOOMING. What happened to all those people? Did they all die off somehow? Stop the lies that Americans are not good enough. Americans invented IT without anyone else's help. We don't need to import more job beggars who take a booming US economy and turn it into the biggest depression in 70 years.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

Globalization is just a new codeword for Communsim. As an American try to go get a work visa in India or China and see how far you get. They can come here and rob us blind, but we can't go there. According to Dr. Gene Nelson, PhD, over $10 trillion has been stolen from American tech workers by cheap foreign scabs. And if they are so brilliant why has 14 years of importing millions of them collapsed our economy?

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

Con jobs or not. Nothing beats coming into Ellis Island and getting passports issued.

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

Dude how about having the balls to post under your own name, :)?

 Seems you lost your job a while back in the IT sector. 

 So which Burger King are you at bud?

汤 若辰
汤 若辰

I hope you realize the article is about filtering the immigrants to only leave the smart ones that DON'T hurt the economy, because you don't seem to 

GlobDesign
GlobDesign

@zztzzt @Bonbon And in the meantime you're all exporting $65 billion of our wealth in the form of remittances back to India every single year, draining our banks dry and bankrupting us. That's how it's liberal. You're all Inadmissible Aliens under Title 8, Section 1182 of US law so none of you are allowed to work here as long as Americans are unemployed.

Bonbon
Bonbon

@Rage Against Fraudy You can keep all Indians in your own country and no one needs them in the USA,

zztzzt
zztzzt

@Rage Against Fraudy Economy has collapsed because of unions. It got to the point where an auto worker was making a lot more than a surgeon just because his union was pressing and pressing and pressing.  It got to that point where it became a habit for GM/Chrysler/etc to borrow money just to pay wages. How does $140.000 sound as annual wage for an assembly line worker? Not making profits anymore.  Economy collapsed because companies started to send jobs outside US (India, China, etc). Because money was leaving US to pay for those jobs. Bringing in highly skilled workers == money stays in the US. They pay taxes in the US.  They bring their knowledge here, instead of us exporting those jobs to their home countries. Makes sense?

Rajesh_Kumar_Patel
Rajesh_Kumar_Patel

nobody wasnts to delve into the claims and ask those questions, they just want to accept the crap they are told and/or make stupid latent homosexual comments about some guys balls and Burger King (?)

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

I think you meant "Con jobs or not. Nothing beats coming into Ellis Island and getting passports issued. AND EXPORTING $50 BILLION A YEAR OF AMERICA'S WEALTH.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

I suggest you have a look at this: http://indiots <dot> zymichost <dot> com

And why do all Indians call people "dude" do they think it makes them sound more American or something? It only makes them sound like Indiots.</dot></dot>

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

 Go home slumdog. In US we don't use economic words like "sector". Only communist allies such as India use words like that. As for "losing" one's job in the "IT sector", I think you mean "had your job in the IT sector stolen", not "lost". Indians were supposed to go home in 2002 after the dot-com boom was over but 3.2 million of you are still here a decade later. So much for TEMPORARY GUEST WORKERS. And how's the US economy doing now with Indians running it? Not too hot eh? It was booming when Americans ran it. Good job there ace, turning the world's biggest economic powerhouse into a collapsed mess, boy you super hindoo geniuses sure are brilliant. Did you pay $300 or $400 for your PhD from Punjab? LOL.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

What smart ones? If there were any smart ones, America's economy would be booming since we've been giving all our jobs to them by the millions for the past 14 years. There are no smart ones, unless of course you consider mass theft and export of America's capital and trade secrets being "smart", yeah, they let them all in to take what remains of America.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

"elite from Shanghai to Singapore to Seoul."

Since when is Shanghai in Thailand. You must be a super genius since you know geography so well. Guess the American economy can't do without you either. LOL.

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

"elite from Shanghai to Singapore to Seoul."

Last time I checked, Shanghai was in China, not Thailand, genius. Plus the article shows a Chinese flag in the photo.

Since I wrote software at Apple and Sony and you didn't, you're not in any position to be calling me a moron.

zztzzt
zztzzt

@GlobDesign @Bonbon : with our acceptance of "less paid jobs", do you think there's money left to be exported to India? How much money do you have left at the end of the month and would you be able to send money to a relative out of country on a month to month basis just because?    What makes you think that somebody living here in the US and (according to you) holding a job paid very low (because thats how they took the job from a US national) ,  can still make enough money to send a big chunk out of the country?  And what would be the purpose?  Try to think it through this time.  Everybody is in for themselves, no matter where they are from.  If an indian, chinese, and other nationals are here, they are here to stay. WHich means they need the money. Who in their right mind would just endlessly export money to their home country if they intend to stay here?    

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

No loser I meant, you fuckers used to come to Ellis Island on refugee ships and get passports. These immigrants of this century have dome much more and have run circles around you.

Even though your great grand parents made it secure for you in the US, if you still work at Micky -Dees, then you are assholes !!

You are dismissed loser, shoooo!!!

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

The fact you visit these sites, means these folks have fucked you up real hard.

Son words don't break bones.

In Spanish we say: Que tu voy a hacer?, meaning what you gonna do?

Just websites, and words, while these immigrants take away you lands, jobs,your women....that's a tepid response loser!!!

You need to do something more....like grab a gun and start shooting at these guys, no?

Bye loser....I owned you, and now I will ignore you!!

Adios papi, porque tu eres nada!!

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

hahaha!!

Sorry this is home.

Not going anywhere.

To think of it,your kids will be working for mine.

I got you bud.I got you hard.

I am just a poor MD, don't make more than half a million.

But the fact that you are suffering, at the hands of temporary guest workers fills me with unconcealed glee, and the fact you had to go and make a false id on 'Dusqus', tells me you are coward who can only say stuff on internet !! wake up son, these temps are going to take over your company, your neighborhood and will make your daughter(I am sure she smokes pot) suck their weenies!!! Go get educated, learn a new technology!! Those useless paper degrees that you have ain't gonna work, :)!!

As far Punjabi's, most of them are rednecks, and if you cannot stand up to them farm-hands, means you don't have it in you.

Go back to Europe, days of entitlement are over european refugee.And as Romney said , the 47% moochers are going to have a tough time.

So how's food tasting on food stamps loser?

Rage Against Fraudy
Rage Against Fraudy

Bachelor's degrees on sale in Punjab

Chandigarh: If you want a Bachelor's degree in Science or the

Arts, you don't have to be a student. A PhD? No problem. As long as you

have some cash, you can get the degree of your choice. Exams, attending

classes - that's old school.

 

The Artex Informatic Study Centre

in Chandigarh doesn't sound very inspiring. It's a small set up, which

offers Under Graduation and Post Graduation programs in the fields of

Information Technology and Management Courses. Study centres are

extensions of private universities offering courses and degrees. They

represent one or more private universities in different parts of the

country, but aren't regulated directly by the government.

Rajesh_Kumar_Patel
Rajesh_Kumar_Patel

he's right, I can't hide it. I came here on a visa from Mumbai, and I was so bad and pathetic at what I did ( I had a fake resume, and a degree from IIT that I paid for - I thought it couldn't fail...what did I know.. ).

My employer found out, and I was summarily dismissed...now I'm working at a Burger King in Silicon Valley..the only company that would agree to sponsor me...

:-(