the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth
virtualsue at pennine.com
Tue Aug 8 11:00:17 BST 2006
Steve Peters wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 01:27:32AM +0100, Peter Corlett wrote:
>> On 5 Aug 2006, at 17:40, Uri Guttman wrote:
>>> [...] getting you brits to move
>>> over here is problematic (though i did get a german and a canadian to
>>> move to nyc!).
>> Oh, now that one's easy. H1B appears to be code for "fuck this
>> employee over", so anybody who is not completely wet behind the ears
>> will give it a wide berth unless the deal is astoundingly better than
>> what's on offer locally.
> Yes, and even worse, is many green beans go to work for companies that
> "hold" your green card. The result is that you can't change jobs
> without your current employer's kind consent, which is rarely ever given.
Companies do not hold 'green cards'. 'Green card' is slang for
permanent residency (ILR). An H1-B visa OTOH ties a person to the
sponsoring employer, but changing jobs is mostly just a matter of the
new company filling out and sending off a form.
Unless things have changed radically, no US company can stop their H1-B
employees from changing jobs, however much they might like to do so. In
my case, I was quite happy for my friends to transfer their visas. Their
new employers paid me a fee, in fact. Employers need to keep good
relations amongst themselves, after all.
Moving from H1-B status to the green card is more complicated and
involves jumping through hoops that not every person wants to jump.
Becoming a citizen is even more weird, but useful if you want to be able
to come and go at will. When my English spousal unit decided to get a US
passport a few years ago (late '90s), a Chinese chap tested his English
language skills. He was kinda unamused. ;)
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