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NATURE: US VISA NIGHTMARES

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Nature, one of the world's best known science journals, takes note of the disaster that is our system for the immigration of scientists.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    I shall tell you a story..a real story. A German national working for an international organization in the US applied to extend his G4 visa back in January. He hoped that the DHS will approve the visa extension by June when he had to return to Germany for a conference. He did not get the extension and he left in due time in June. He went to the US embassy and got his visa stamped and retruned to the US. Finally, near the end of September, the DHS extends the visa. Obviously seems like the State and DHS do not talk to each other. We need to streamline the visas process..one organization needs to give out visas..there are too many cooks right now...US is the only country where State Department issues visas. In Singapore it is the Home Affairs, in Canada, it is Manpower and Immigration and in Australia it is Immigration Australia with a separate Minister in charge. We have a neanderthal system. If we dont watch out, more jobs will go abroad and it will affect everything from tax revenues to social security. Is that what our politicians want? Send jobs abroad and then later on come and say that we dont have money for education and to pay the social security recipients? From their recent actions, I believe this is the case!
  2. Adi's Avatar
    To add: One of my friend went to India for stamping, got delay in getting visa. After 3-4 months of not getting visa he just quit his job here as scientist and joined Ranbaxy in India.All of his friends helped him in clearing off apartment lease, sell car, clearing apartment etc. Now he is working as a senior scientist on a project which was outsourced by a pharma company from here. He is encouraging lot of other people to come back and join the company. Pay is decent, close to family, no drama of visa/GC. Pharma company outsourcing is increasing by the day and these scientists if not given permanent base here, will just leave. This guy was actively involved in community schools in science fairs here. He would teach high school students and help them in their science projects.
  3. Vivek Shah's Avatar
    Another example of too many cooks - H1Bs can apply for an extension while staying in the US to USCIS which falls under DHS. Even if the petition gets approved, they still need to go out of the country and apply for a visa "stamp" at a consulate which falls under DOS. And invariably, there have been many cases or inordinate delays or outright rejections even when the visa extension is actually approved by USCIS in the US!

    How can one arm say you can stay in this country and another say sorry you cant???!!!
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    "How can one arm say you can stay in this country and another say sorry you cant???!"

    Employment program for Americans who probably are not smart enough to get other jobs..especially the consular officers are hired as long as they dont have analytical mind. The federal government and for that matter all public service in this country is full of deadwoods.

    US really does not want the consular officer to think about the consequences of visa rejection...the job will most likely be moved abroad leading to lost tax and social security revenues which would have accrued had the job stayed in the US with the H1B. I at least know of five cases where H1Bs whose visas were rejected were employed by the US corporation concerned in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia!
  5. Francois T's Avatar
    My brother (who himself is an immigrant) works as an analytical chemist at the faculty of medicine at Boston U. He has seen more and more instances of colleagues from abroad being ensnared in nightmarish bureaucratic screw ups in the last few years. At least three of those colleagues, upon coming back (at last) started to make arrangements to either return to their home country, or go working in another country than the US.

    Two of those left the US last week. They also warned everyone they know that, if you want to work as a scientist and feel welcome to do so, doing so outside the USA is best.

    Not the kind of reputation a country should wish for itself.
  6. viagra online 's Avatar
    was rejected for F-1 visa coz of my low grades. at that time which is winter semester ofcourse i wasnt attendin any college
    i mean i drop out from a local college and was accepted to a US one and got the I-20, anyways, i was told to do one semester in a local one then apply again and hopefully, ill be issued a visa. ill start a new semester soon.
  7. buy viagra's Avatar
    I at least know of five cases where H1Bs whose visas were rejected were employed by the US corporation concerned in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia!
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