TV9 Interview09 Apr 2007
On Monday, April 9, 2007, TV9, the cable channel in India that primarily broadcasts in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu came to our Murthy Law Firm to interview me on the meaning of the H1B cap having been reached on the very first day that the USCIS can accept cases.
On behalf of the thousands of H1B employees and employers, the interviewer asked me a bunch of thought provoking questions about when we will have an idea of who have been successfully selected, the significance and options for those who would not succeed in the random lottery, what we can all do about this issue.
I candidly shared my views that the “random lottery” process is not public and we may not know about who has been selected for many weeks, possibly a couple of months, and that people should have a backup plan in place to maintain valid legal status in the U.S. Finally, if we all don’t work together by contacted our elected representative, U.S. Senators and Congress people to dramatically increase the cap or eliminate it altogether many U.S. businesses will have problems, it will adversely affect our economy and our leadership position in the world in the area of technology. We need to become more pro active to fight and demand changes, otherwise more jobs will be outsourced or worked from abroad, which adversely affects the U.S. since we need these highly skilled workers who will work here and pay taxes in the U.S. rather than work from abroad.