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Since I lost my assignmen this Monday, I have not yet got a single interview. Why?
I am affiliated with a small consulting company. I don't have a green card yet (it is in progress. I don't know how long I need wait.) Before I get a green card, I cannot leave my present employer. If I leave it, my green card case will be dismissed. In such a case, my job hunting is very very difficult.
Here is the procedure. My boss first "sells" me to some big agents, and the latter forward me to the clients. Between me and the client, there are two layers. You can imagine how big the overhard it is. For instance, one agent contacted a client and told my boss: " We cannot do business with this client, because they can pay $70 per hour." Indeed, $70 is not enough for so many people to share.
Right now, there are very few high-pay contract jobs in Was. DC area. If
I have a greed card, I can relatively easily take a "permanent" job, I mean, be an employee. However, I am not elligible for this.
My situation is not the worst. Though I have no assignment, my immigration status is no problem---my boss holds my H1B and I am still legally employeed. Some other Chinese people here are not as lucky as I am. Their lay-off means their green card cases are dead, even they were nearing to obtain the card. In addition, they need to get a new job with one month. Otherwise, .........
Right now, If one is technically good, there are still some opportunities for him to get a permanent job. Contractors are having a hard time--- too few opportunities and lower pay rate.
Some friends are eager to come to USA. I advise them to think it through before taking actions. USA is a high risky society. For an H1-B worker, there is no security. Although there are a lot of opportunities, H1-B workers are not qualified to compete. If you really want to realize your American dream, you had better come after you become a Canadian citizen. It is desirable to have a back-up in the life.
For me, things are not so bad. I can still sleep well. My immigration status is secure. I don't have a mortgage to worry about. Albeit fewer opportunities, I have strong confidence in my competence. Hope to bring good news not too late.
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