Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives,  

Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, October 5, 2011

My testimony starts at chapter 4–minute 13:30. As you’ll see, I didn’t mince words. I even took on the National Science Foundation and one of their silly reports!…and of course I pitched the Startup Visa. (I also confessed to my poor grades in the Q&A).

*Special thanks to Phil Thomas Di Giulio, Co-Founder, Framesocket for editing this and adding chapters.

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  • Alpa

    Great answer to Ms. Jackson Lee, it’s not about immigrants, it is about the culture of exclusion in the US, as seen among blacks, Latinos, and women…

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikhaarshah Nikhaar Shah

    This was an amazing point out here and it took me minutes to develop respect for Mr. Wadhwa. Yes, his accomplishments are amazing but his research and its accuracy stands out! I am a masters student in Carnegie Mellon University and pray day in day out that the startup visa gets out of the judiciary committee unscathed! The visa is an obvious need because of a lot of reasons he mentioned 1. Entrepreneurs wouldn’t necessarily like to work for other companies and go through the H1B -> GC process and would much rather go back to their home country for the evanescent idea they wish to make money on, remember am from IT and its all about timing in IT. You can’t execute an idea after a decade of visa queues, it would have already been replicated and in the market then! 
    2. The visa – if not introduced soon – will cause a massive reverse brain drain for america. I have just been here three months but I’ve been talking to a lot of people and I know for sure how amazing this country can be, given the right conditions! Having a visa certainly is on top priority, I wouldn’t want to stay here illegally when I can go back home – and earn tons and facilitate in a way better way! 
    I stand pledged to support you Mr. Wadhwa in your crusade and on your side in totality.

  • desi_from_silicon_valley

    So I’m from India as well, been in US (Silicon Valley) for over 20 years. Since then it has become SO difficult for Indians and Chinese to get green cards that I am very very surprised that people still want to go through it. Not to mention that economic opportunities in India and China are way better than they are here.

    Vivek is fighting the good fight, but I think it is a losing battle. Also of late I’ve noticed there has appeared an undercurrent of prejudice and jealousy in US which I think no amount of laws etc will change. Vivek, surely you’ve read the comments to your articles on places like Techcrunch and BW.

    Given all this (endless immigration limbo, better opportunities at home, increasing prejudice etc) I have to question the judgement and frankly the sanity of any young Indian or Chinese who wants to stay in this country.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/thyagav Thyaga

    Given the uncertain future of the US economy and immigration policies – the top talent from India have stopped taking their first flight to US. They don’t like to go through the harassment of F1->H1->GC and don’t like to get embarrassed by working for a shaddy body shoppers in the US. Given this situation only way to attract such top talent from India is to issue a green card directly – like the way foreign nurses come to the US. Politicians in Washington DC will not understand it, even if they do agree they can’t do anything. An average US citizen will not accept making such exceptions in the immigration policy. They are already feeling threatened by the loss of high paying jobs in the US for out-sourcing/off-shoring.

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