Average H-1B Pay Points to Possible Trump Changes to Visa Program

Average H-1B Pay Points to Possible Trump Changes to Visa Program

H-1B pay varies greatly.  At Work Visas, we’ve written about what the changes we think the Trump Administration may bring to the H-1B Visa program.  So far, all of his executive action deals with predominantly Islamic nations.  He may turn away from such actions in favor of more popular support.  Saving American jobs from H-1B visa holders.

Every one STEM H-1B Visa holders create 2.6 other jobs for Americans.  Trump may play up the misconceptions regarding H-1B job replacement. Mostly, only a handful of IT consulting firms that hire predominantly Indian nationals.

The top eight H-1B employers, as a group, scooped up a total of 49,539 H-1B visas out of the 85,000 available. That’s 58% of the total number of visas available in 2015, according to data the USCIS provided under the Freedom of Information Act.

Say what?  Yup.  Once again.  8 companies are responsible for more than HALF of the H-1B visas subject to the cap.  A random lottery system, like the ones used to select the H-1Bs subject to the cap, requires he same percentage.  Therefore, out of the 236,000 applications that USCIS received in 2016, 137,544 were from just 8 companies.

H-1B Pay is much lower at Indian Outsourcing Companies

Amazon’s average H-1B salary is $113,000.  Wipro, Tata, or Infosys pays only $70,000 a year.  As a result legislation has been introduced to bump the H-1B pay to a minimum of $100,000 for these companies.

One benefit of $100,000 in salary at these companies is that all the other businesses have a better chance of getting their legitimate H-1B employee.

If the Indian IT outsourcing firms tried to hire fewer workers because of the increase in pay, their percentage of the applications will fall.  We support legislation targeted at the companies that are gaming the system to grow their businesses  Almost 60% of the visas should not go to only 8 companies.  If the IT talent in the Indian outsourcing firms was distributed,more businesses would benefit by employing such talent directly.

Legal Code – Agile Development and Legal Practice

Legal Code – Agile Development and Legal Practice

Not really sure how, but I started developing software with agile in my thirties.  I’d manage my team early in the morning, then practice law all day.  The first version of the app I made was pure junk.  You really have to understand code and software and how to make it if you want to manage a team well.  So I learned coding, and scrum, agile development principles to actually make stuff that most people take for granted and never think about using it.  That’s some well made software if the experience is expected and requires no thought.

To get to that point takes a lot of polish, lots of building, measuring and evaluating what you learned.  It forms a never ending cycle that feeds back in on itself.  Processes are refined and changed.  New dependancies, basically a skill set, may be needed for additional functionality.  Old ways of doing things need to be refactored, or revised, into more cohesive arguments (which are actually a thing in code). Paying close attention to the method (also a thing in code) used to accomplish certain goals can lead to new best practices.

Maintaining a good code base is a lot like maintaining a good law practice.  Neither are ever done and can quickly become overly complex if not tended to diligently.  These things may even be a dreaded concept known as non-deterministic polynomial time complete (NP-C).  Certain practices have been developed over the past several decades to assist in delivering a high quality project on a reasonable deadline.  But it started from managing another complex process, the assembly line.

After World War II, W. Edwards Deming brought his techniques in quality control in standardization, documentation and continual improvement to Japan’s redevelopment efforts.  Taiichi Ohno at Toyota used his own minimalistic processes to save costs and blended Deming’s elements to propel the carmaker to some of the highest quality rankings in the world.  The result is called agile, or scrum, or kanban, or Just in Time (JIT) processes which are still used in the browser you are reading this on.

In code projects, you want to break up the build into clear components that do specific things so that the whole can more easily be compiled.  This is the exact same in the legal practice where time is the unit and litigation, or documentation, the deliverable.  You break down the whole into its pieces and itemize them and attend them them individually.  The project is built as simply and quickly as possible so that it may be tested.  Then the feedback returns improvements on the methods used for delivery.  The changes to the process result in greater user satisfaction because of ease of use, greater functionality and less waste or more efficiency.   The product continues toward a more perfect version of itself through iterations of newer and newer versions.

This should be employed in your law practice for the rest of its term for one very good reason.  The legal product you ship next year will always be of a higher quality than the code you ship this year. If you employ systems to organize the product that must be shipped and document the methods used in delivering that product, this data can be reviewed.  That data also provides insight as to ways to deliver a higher quality product.

Your clients will thank you for always raising the bar of the quality of the legal product you deliver.  Plus, you can sell the value throughout the years and know that the rising hourly fee is more than worth it because of the enhanced quality.  Lots of buyers of legal product may only look at the hourly, but they should look at the processes in place by the legal service provider to know that next year they will be buying a higher quality product than what they are purchasing this year.

If your business is filled with tech and requires agile corporate immigration solutions, you can drop in on my side project for optimizing the work visa application process and data management.  Work Visas.  Or just drop me a line and let me know what your company is about.

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