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May 31, 2017

#Chemjobs and H-1 visas

Filed under: Chemistry Jobs — sankirnam @ 10:02 am

The interplay of the chemistry job market and the issuance of H-1 visas is a topic of close interest, as it personally affects me – I was unemployed for 2 years in a futile job search for employment in the chemicals sector, and I strongly believe that one of the main causes for this protracted period of unemployment is the abuse of H-1 visas and shady hiring practices by a lot of companies in the U.S. today.

C&EN paid some lip service to this issue a couple of weeks ago in a brief snippet:

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It’s things like these that make me livid. Firstly, there’s no dearth of domestic talent in chemistry – as a U.S. citizen who applied to several of these companies and institutions and was repeatedly turned down, this makes no sense. Why do these companies have to hire foreigners to fill these positions? A potential explanation could be the paltry salaries they’re offering – domestic graduates are smart, and will likely have much better offers.

More evidence, if it were needed, that science hiring is broken…

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