Published On: Wed, Aug 6th, 2014

NOSTOPS Timeline – Journey of a Decade (2004 – 2014)

When it comes to seeking a job overseas, candidates sit on the horns of a dilemma. There is always the worry of being cheated by an agent representing a foreign employer, or are often worried of being cheated by an overseas employer who really does not even exist. Often agents misguide and manipulate paperwork in order to procure a visa, charging huge fees for the services. NOSTOPS offers tools and resources to fill this value gap. Here is a peek into ‘NOSTOPS’ journey of a decade (2004-2014)– initiatives, accomplishments, etc. — over a decade.
2004
  • NOSTOPS founded in April of 2004.
  • Joined forces with Rediff and started the American work visa related open Q& A series that continued to operate till 2007: http://www.nostops.org/media-2/
  • Answered queries from ‘stranded’ individuals and victims of abuse (employer issues, immigration / visa issues.
  • Published  book “American Work Permit – Official Rules & Regulations of American work visas”
  • Liaison with Department of Labor, and Department of Justice Officials to provide evidence of visa misuse.
  • Testified against work visa program abuse and met with the Senator’s and policy makers at Capitol Hill, Washington DC to show evidence of how there was large-scale recruitment fraud.
  • Initiated regular updates on the website (www.nostops.org/) about fraudulent activities to alert Indian workers seeking foreign employment.
Whistleblower activities
  • Collected employment contracts from existing & new members to verify labor law compliance,
  • Vetted these employment offers & employment contracts for labor/immigration law compliance,
  • Identified fraudulent terms and conditions,
  • Reported these violations with the DOL and DOJ officials.
Outcome of whistleblower activities: – Conviction, arrest and foreclosure of bogus shell    companies.
2005
2006
2007
2008
Whistleblower activities
  • Inspected NOSTOPS members’ employment contracts from American staffing agencies willing to sponsor a work visa irrespective of a job.
  • Shared these contracts internally with American partner organizations and vetted for correctness.
  • Fraud was identified and employment contracts leading to labor bondage and promissory sums upwards of lakhs of rupees were documented.
2009
  • Commissioned a ‘Migration Studies” program in in partnership with a leading Law School at Pune, India.
  • Monitored online job posts seeking H-1B applicants only bypassing local talent as well as existing unemployed H-1B workers. Found out that American employers were posting job ads in Indian career portals targeting Indian workers, excluding American workers as well as the benched existing H-1b visa holders present in America to even apply for these jobs in America.
  • Documented and communicated the findings with American tech worker partner organizations and a series of media stories were commissioned to bring awareness to these issues of bypassing local talent and creating segregation of workers both foreign guest workers as well as local citizens.
  • Media coverage:
  • Rediff -  Want a job Overseas? Beware Of Fraud – http://www.rediff.com/getahead/2009/aug/28career-overseas-job-beware-of-fraud.htm
2010
  • Worked with the State Dept & Homeland Agency Officials to monitor and report fraudulent activities on job portals.
  • Media coverage:
  • Huffington Post – Going Political, not Postal – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donna-conroy/going-political–-not-pos_b_511585.html
  • Explained to the work visa policy stakeholders that include legislative aides of senators and other subject matter experts on migration policy and the State dept officials at DHS and DOJ as well as to the journalists and reports, the ease in sponsoring and pushing fraudulent workers from India using the H1B and L1 visa programs
2011
2012
  • Monitored fraudulent online job postings by American employers targeting Indian job seekers on Indian job boards and excluding American workers and the benched existing H-1b visa holders present in America
  • Communicated the findings with American tech worker partner organizations and a series of media stories were commissioned to bring awareness to these issues of bypassing local talent and creating segregation of workers both foreign guest workers as well as local citizens.
2013
2014

 

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