Since 2004, The National Organization for Software and Technology Professionals (NOSTOPS) has been performing the public outreach function as being an advocacy organization with a focus on “wage discrimination” and “worker rights against employer abuse” of Indian workers while in the United States on the guest worker visas. NOSTOPS has been on the forefront and has been vocal on the issues that affect knowledge workers and has built awareness to the issues leading to the digital divide between the working class. Being vocal about the issues faced by Indian knowledge workers overseas, has been an attempt to change the perception of the Indian talent earnestly sought by foreign employers. Have testified in the US Congress documenting instances of fraud and abuse of foreign workers and the related immigration policies that govern people movement. Helped document proposals that aimed to minimize fraud and abuse prevention, leading to the drafting of the “Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007”. Research done on the knowledge worker migration issues has been cited by the US Homeland Security as well as the UK Border Agency. As an H1B policy researcher, viewpoints are quoted regularly in the media.
Professional Registry Of Verified Employees ( PROVE )
PROVE is a derivative of NOSTOPS and has evolved after a decade, as a solution centric approach to the outward migration of knowledge capital from India. Based on a service model, PROVE is an Open Value network that measures the identity and reputation of its members.
PROVE is a vibrant community of work visa seekers and over half a million foreign recruiter employers from the US, UK, Canada, Germany and Australia.
PROVE aims to be a platform to facilitate circular migration of Indian talent to and from these geographies. Besides cross verification of workers in India as well as employers abroad, PROVE also offers a decentralized database of country specific foreign employers / recruiters, being curated and put up online as part of the user engagement efforts.
The primary focus of PROVE is to position itself as an accelerator, which eventually evolves into an ecosystem where International employers directly handshake with Indian Talent! With 50% of the population below 25 years of age & 65% below 35, India’s demographic dividend is unquestionable. The key to effective utilization of this dividend globally, lies in organizing this unorganized international recruitment sector, and PROVE aims to do exactly this! While this disruptive initiative is a surefire win-win for all the stakeholders – the pospective employee, the foreign employer, and the governments – it is the portal’s ability & speed to upscale at a national & global level that will make it an effective game-changer in the space!