An Indian engineer profiled for the story, who tests software for casino slot machines, said “Americans with college degrees do not want to do such work and consider it low-grade.” An American consulting firm helped place him with a U.S. company and applied for a H-1B visa on his behalf. He was recently picked for a consulate interview from a pool of 124,000 other applicants this year. He has paid the U.S. consulting company more than $5,000 to handle the visa application process. He says he has a 50-50 chance of cracking the visa interview, which has become far stricter in the past three years because of irregularities in the way a few consulting firms maintained their files about engineers’ employment status.
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