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Our Journey

With an objective of empowering the knowledge workers and to identify gaps in information, We have worked on topics to bring awareness to the issues leading to the digital divide between the working classes in The Americas. Focussing on the core issues of Wage discrimination and abuse of guestworker rights has been a consistent topic of conversation. Below is a brief journey since it’s inception in 2004 – (Most relevant links updated).

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:
  • When to apply for US work visas: NOW
  • https://m.rediff.com/getahead /2007/mar/08visa.htm
  • Questions to ask your H-1B visa sponsor
  • https://m.rediff.com/getahead /2007/dec/12abr1.htm
  • Want to settle in the US?
  • https://m.rediff.com/getahead/2005/oct/13abr.htm
  • 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

  • Joined hands with Bright Future Jobs as an American lobbying partner to end the xenophobic anti-guest worker sentiments.
  • Brought the concept of ‘dual employment‚ in focus
  • Provided evidence of worker abuse
  • Recieved media coverage on, ‘The H-1B Equation,’ in the Computer World Magazine in Washington DC:http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/100059/The_H_1B_Equation?pageNumber=2

2006

2007

2008

2009

  • Commissioned a ‘Migration Studies’ program 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.
  • 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

2015

From techies in India to software slaves in US

2016


H1-B Visa Issue: What can India do?
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/h1b-visa-issue-what-can-india-do/

Digital India: Bridging the digital divide

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/digital-india-bridging-the-digital-divide/

NDTV : Premium H1B Visas Suspended: Should Indian Workers Panic?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7WHACBgixs&index=5&list=PL378E051CFAC88790

2017

US has no place for Indian computer programmers, coders 
https://www.businessinsider.in/us-has-no-place-for-indian-computer-programmers-coders/articleshow/58003461.cms

Tough times ahead! Oracle lawsuit portends legal woes for Indian IT 
https://m.economictimes.com/tech/ites/tough-times-ahead-oracle-lawsuit-portends-legal-woes-for-indian-it-companies-like-infosys-tcs/articleshow/56695882.cms

Oracle lawsuit shows tough times ahead for Indian IT 
https://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/corporate/oracle-lawsuit-shows-tough-times-ahead-for-indian-it/56697896

2018

US clears air around H-1B visa with policy memorandum, computer programmers won’t be eligible 
https://m.economictimes.com/nri/visa-and-immigration/us-clears-air-around-h-1b-visa-with-policy-memorandum-computer-programmers-wont-be-eligible/articleshow/57999318.cms 

US immigration department calls for greater scrutiny of third party H-1B workers 
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/companies/us-immigration-department-calls-for-greater-scrutiny-of-third-party-h-1b-workers-2514533.html

Indian techies nervous about stay in Donald Trump’s America; mull passage back home 
https://m.timesofindia.com/trend-tracking/indian-techies-nervous-about-stay-in-donald-trumps-america-mull-passage-back-home/articleshow/56791660.cms

Future tense! Indian techies, students in US could face tough times 
https://m.economictimes.com/nri/visa-and-immigration/future-tense-indian-techies-students-in-us-could-face-tough-times/articleshow/56862054.cms

H-1B visa: US move on pay will hit Indian IT firms 
https://www.bloncampus.com/news-wrap/h1b-visa-us-move-on-pay-will-hit-indian-it-firms/article9964713.ece

Bill seeking to raise salary of H-1B visa holders ‘driven by myths’, says Nasscom 
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/world/bill-seeking-to-raise-salary-of-h-1b-visa-holders-driven-by-myths-says-nasscom-2440817.html

Salil Parekh takes charge: Will he continue with Vishal Sikka’s vision … 
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/salil-parekh-takes-charge-will-he-continue-with-vishal-sikkas-vision-for-infosys-2454205.html

IT companies should start caring for their employees and visa orphans 
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/it/it-companies-should-start-caring-for-their-employees-and-visa-orphans-2334201.html

Putting ‘Americans First’ benefits India 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/putting-americans-first-benefits-india/

H1-B visa issue: India needs to lobby harder to be heard by the US 
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/technology/h1-b-visa-issue-india-needs-to-lobby-harder-to-be-heard-by-the-us-2424611.html 

Indian coders seen losing it to sons of the soil 
https://tech.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/people/indian-coders-seen-losing-it-to-sons-of-the-soil/58252045

Australians First – new visa program to invite foreign workers 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/australians-first-new-visa-program-to-invite-foreign-workers/

The H-1B problem – Carrot of the Green Card 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/the-h-1b-problem-carrot-of-the-green-card/

Half million American workers keep fingers crossed as White House decides on H-1B
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/half-million-american-workers-arriving-on-deputation/

Today, your personal brand is all that matters 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/today-your-personal-brand-is-all-that-matters/

India to supply workers to the world by 2022 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/india-to-supply-workers-to-the-world-by-2022/

Vulnerable employment and the rise in gig economy 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/vulnerable-employment-and-the-rise-in-gig-economy/

Now, a professional registry with address work visa frauds and help connect employers 
https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/technology/now-a-professional-open-registry-will-address-work-visa-frauds-help-connect-with-employers-2837621.html 

America’s demand for skilled workers could look a lot different in 2019 
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/americas-demand-for-skilled-workers-could-look-a-lot-different-in-2019/

Getting an H-1B Visa is now easier – New Rules and Regulations

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/green-carrot-americas-work-visa-crisis/getting-an-h-1b-visa-now-easier-new-rules-and-regulations/?source=app

2019