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I will second this post.  I don't care where you are from.  Just come to
work, make the company money and get paid for it.  The only reason relative
to where you are from for you to earn less is that you education or
experience elsewhere is not as relative to the work you are being asked to
do.  As an example we do wood framing and there are not that many other
places in the world where engineers are taught to design wood houses so
until you are up to speed you make less.  Know and understand what you are
doing get paid more.  Simple.

No time for that kind of BS in our office.

George Richards, P. E.

-----Original Message-----
From: David Fisher [mailto:dfisher(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2001 11:27 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Exploited H1b worker

Then you should have gotten a position at my firm.

We pay our lone H1-B visa employee a salary that is well above market rate,
plus full benefits
and a bonus package...I could not sleep at night knowing that I was not
treating an employee (be it US citizen or
H1-B visa recipient) fairly.

There are decent employers out there!

Good Luck!


David L. Fisher, SE, PE
Senior Principal
Fisher+Horos Structural Engineers
372 West Ontario
Chicago, Illinois

-----Original Message-----
From: Alexo Huba [mailto:alexo_huba(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2001 1:16 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at); editor(--nospam--at)
Subject: Exploited H1b worker

I read a recent article on H1B visa workers on Structural Engineer. I would
like to add the following to your record.

I am a civil engineer working in a Stuctural Engineering Company in the San
Francisco Bay Area. Simply because I am on H1B visa, my salary is 30+% less
than the market salary, and virtually no benefits. My H1B period is running
out and my Green Card application is pending with the US immigration for
more than 2 years - therefore I can not change my job - therefore I am being
exploited. If I change my job, the whole current Green Card process will
become invalid.

Rather than blaming my employer altogether, I would blame the current
immigration regulations which allow unscrupulous employers to exploit H1B

Please note that H1b workers are sponsored by a particular employer. Once a
H1b worker loses his/her job and can not find another job in 10 days, he/she
has to leave the country immediately.

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