Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Embedded Class - Amazing Class

This class is taught by 2 teachers.  One teacher will teach the Embedded Domain and one teacher will teach C and C++.  It lasts 2 months but it will change your life around.

Both teachers are live in our facility and this class will be taught live in our office in Farmington Hills MI.

Truly wonderful class if you want to work in the Embedded Domain.  What you learn in college is very insufficient to get a job and this is a high pressure learning environment with an immense amount of knowledge that will be taught in a very short time.  Put your bests efforts in this class and we help you build a career in Embedded.

We will be providing Projects with Arduino Boards to provide hands on experience to the students.

With the new OPT Rules and if you are an Electrical or Electronic major, you simply have no choice but to take this class.  Only after this class will you be able to get a full-time job.

Our last batch had 7 students and 5 got full-time offers and 2 are still taking interviews.

Do not waste your time anywhere else.  I know it is a lot of money, but we typically lose money on our classes, but I hold them because I feel like it is helping a lot of students.

You will not lie on your resume, you can market yourself as an OPT and the demand is so high that companies are hiring even if you are OPT.  Of course if you are an American Citizen, then you will be hired right away.  In our last batch the Green Card holder was hired first, even though he was a Bachelors degree holder.

I am very rich and I could without the headaches of running this class, but I truly run this class only because I know it helps so many people.  Last 2 classes I lost over $10,000 just in training fees and I am sure if I included guest house costs and other costs, I have lost huge money.

This class is not for just Indians, every single graduate in Electrical or Electronics should take this class.  We teach you from a job perspective and if you are American or any other nationality, if you want to work in Automotive Embedded, you  MUST take this class.

I guarantee you that you will learn so much and will have a very high percentage chance of working in Embedded after you take our class.

New OPT Rules - The only one that really matters

Let us go over the new OPT rules. The only rules that most F1 students really care about is:

Restrictions on certain types of employment arrangements

The preamble to the final rule [81 FR 13079] states that,
"There are several aspects of the STEM OPT extension that do not make it apt for certain types of arrangements, including multiple employer arrangements, sole proprietorships, employment through “temp” agencies, employment through consulting firm arrangements that provide labor for hire, and other relationships that do not constitute a bona fide employer-employee relationship. One concern arises from the difficulty individuals employed through such arrangements would face in complying with, among other things, the training plan requirements of this rule. Another concern is the potential for visa fraud arising from such arrangements. Furthermore, evaluating the merits of such arrangements would be difficult and create additional burdens for DSOs. Accordingly, DHS clarifies that students cannot qualify for STEM OPT extensions unless they will be bona fide employees of the employer signing the Training Plan, and the employer that signs the Training Plan must be the same entity that employs the student and provides the practical training experience. DHS recognizes that this outcome is a departure from SEVP's April 23, 2010 Policy Guidance (1004-03)."

This rule is about as crystal clear as possible.  You can work directly at a consulting firm if they are directly responsible for a project and you are provided with a supervisor and a training plan that is followed.

If you are working with a consulting firm that simply supplies labor for hire, like most consulting companies, then you simply cannot work for them. But you can still work companies like Capgemni, Wipro, Infosys etc. and other large consulting companies if they are directly responsible for the project.

if you are planning to work for a smaller consulting company that simply supplies labor for hire, then you are risking your 24 month OPT.  Do not do it.  Find yourself a direct employer.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I-94 Issues in Detroit

In case anybody has issues with their I-94 here are a few ways to correct these issues.

1) Make sure you remember what date you entered USA.

Send an email to: dtwi94corrections@cbp.dhs.gov

In the email mention:

1) The day you entered usa and which port of entry
2) The issue (Wrong name etc..)
3) Attach copies of your Visa, I-94, and any other documents that might be of help

Good luck.

This happened to a friend of mine and I thought I would document our experience so that it might help others.

We initial went to the main CBP office in Downtown Detroit and they told us to go to the airport office to get it fixed.  At the airport they told us to send an email to the above mentioned email.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cousins Kids

I have a cousin from Guntur and he had two kids finish their masters in USA and then eventually got trained in JAVA from someone in NJ and they are both working as JAVA developers.

They were complaining that they only make $5000/month and that their friends make a lot more money.

I have some advice for those kids.

1) Do you enjoy what you do?  Yes, then continue what you are doing and you will do fine in the long run.  Comparing yourself to others who make money than you will be a losing game.  There will always be niche technologies that pay more for work than what you do.  But both you know JAVA and can easily transition into PEGA, Guidewire, Oracle ATG or any number of new niche technologies that have high pay rates.  You will need to identify what it is you want to learn and join a company that can get into these niche technology space.

2) Stop worrying about money.  I have seen way too many people worry only about money and make that their life's ambition and realize at the end that they made a mistake.  I would much rather someone like my daughter enjoy what she does everyday then to strive after money so that you can buy a bigger house or get the newest purse or whatever it is girls lust after.  You may not understand, but at least learn from my mistakes.  So trust me, I wanted a Mercedes S-Class and I got it and I could care less about it now.  It is just a car and nothing more.  I wanted a Rolex, I could careless about it and I gave it away to my dad.  Typically your story will be the same, you want this and that and as soon as you get it, you will not care much about it.  This is same reason I hate those shows life Wifes of Beverly Hills and other shows like that.  They teach consumerism and really you should avoid that at all costs.

3) Be a good person.  Over and above anything anything else, strive to be a good person.  Be a loving wife, be a good parent, be a good child, be a good neighbor.  Strive to make yourself a better person.  Sometimes you may fail, but dust yourself off and keep trying.  There is nothing more important that trying to keep improving yourself.  Use your free time to help others, there is so much satisfaction in simeple acts like this.   

 4) If you really want to make money and there are a lot of people out there, stop worrying about salary money and try and come up with a business idea.  You do not need to reinvent the wheel, see other successful people and simply follow their example.  I know one of the girls has a Green Card already and I can guarantee you that a business will generate much more money than any job than hope to pay you.   But starting a business take an immense amount of time and you should be prepared to sacrifice your time to make your business a success.  When I first started I worked Mon-Sun and at least 12 hours a day for years.  I did not take a single day off.

Anyway, this is really off topics from my usual blog entries for the company, but I was thinking about this and what to tell them when they call me, so I wanted to articulate my thoughts in an entry.  They are supposed to me calling me sometime soon for advice and I guess this is some of what I will be tell them.

I felt like I have been successful because I have been able to help so many people in my life and never because I made a certain amount of money.  I know you young kids will listen and then disregard everything I say, but I will keep spreading my message. 

Finally a few saying that you can live by:

Do not work for money, if you do you become a slave to money. 

Let money work for you. (Do not let money sit idle in a bank, invest it somewhere)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Vacation is Finally Over!

I guess I lied about my previous vacation.  I really did not end my vacation until yesterday.

So I am back to work full-time and I will be starting our training classes again.  I know I have been terrible with answering emails and phone calls recently, I am sorry about that.  I was really burned out after working so hard for so many years and it was actually nice to take a few months off.

The first class we are starting in our famous Embedded Systems Training on Oct 17th.

Our old teacher had been with us for over 7 years and he has moved on and is starting his own company and will be a competitor to us.  But that is OK, he was a good guy and by the end when he wanted to start his own company he kept getting more and more unresponsive to my students and I did not like that.

Our new teacher is really a team.  One teacher will be teaching Embedded Domain knowledge for around 32-40 hours and another teacher will be taking C and C++ for another 18-24 hours.  They are charging me way more than I am used to paying but ultimately the price is worth it if my students can get excellent training which will help them get a job.

But I do insist on my teachers being outstanding and being available to my students.  So each teacher has to give me a commitment to my students that they will be there until placed. Money should not be a primary reason why you teach, if you are then VXL is not the place for you.

I want teachers that LOVE to teach.  I know it is hard to find those teacher, but once I find them I do whatever it takes to keep them with us.

There is no doubt that my classes are expensive, but that will usually translate into extremely high quality compared to the competition.  From my facilities to my faculty, when you come to VXL Training, you can expect the best.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vijay is Back

OK guys, my vacation is over.  I have been out for 4 months now and I see that VXL Training was neglected. 

I am back and I will be setting up classes again. 

Sorry for the poor response from my replacement, but they obviously did not have the same level of commitment to my students as I used to.

I will announce new classes this weekend.

If you need anything, feel free to email me or call me.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

USCIS allows certain H4 dependent spouses to seek Employment authorization

THE BIG NEWS - USCIS allows certain H4 dependent spouses to seek Employment authorization after May 25, 2015

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has today announced that  effective May 26, 2015, they will allow  certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants to obtain EAD – Employment authorization.
Eligible H-4 dependent spouses will be those,  whose spouses are  H-1B nonimmigrants and are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker ; or have been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000. The Act permits H-1B nonimmigrants seeking lawful permanent residence to work and remain in the United States beyond the six-year limit on their H-1B status.

Eligible H-4 dependent spouses must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with supporting evidence and the required $380 fee in order to obtain employment authorization and receive a Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
USCIS will begin accepting applications on May 26, 2015. Once USCIS approves the Form I-765 and the H-4 dependent spouse receives an EAD, he or she may begin working in the United States.

USCIS reminds those potentially eligible that this rule is not considered effective until May 26, 2015. Individuals should not submit an application to USCIS before the effective date.

For USCIS announcement click below


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Letter to My Employees

I have been running the companies for over 4 years now.  We have grown from zero employees to a very nice size company in this short time.

You are my employees, but more than that, most of you have become close friends of mine.

Dec 31st will be my last day of work and I will be taking 2015 off and concentrating on my health.  I have a simple dream of being alive to see my daughter get married and the way I have neglected my health is almost criminal.  I intend to take 2015 off to concentrate on my health and lose 100 pounds.  I have been over-weight my entire life and I do not want to feel like I have been feeling of late.  I currently take 120 units of short term insulin and 120 units of long term insulin per day and I have pretty much maxed out on insulin. 

Before I had Priya, my daughter, I had accepted my mortality and figured I would die before the age of 60 and I had accepted that.  But now that I do have a daughter, I want to help her grow up and stand on her own, before I die.

What does it mean to you?  I will not be coming to the office from 2015 and Upendra will be taking over my duties in the company.  You can call him for anything that you need. 

Thank you for your understanding.

Vijay Madala

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Lost Indian Passport and H1B Issues

One of my employees lost his passport and he had a lot of questions regarding his passport and his H1B.  I thought it might be helpful for somebody else out there in the same situation.  So here were the questions from my employee and the answers from our lawyer:

1. I see from this link that I need to report that my Visa is lost 
Should I be doing it or not ? When should I be doing it? And if I report will it create will there be any problem in my H1B Visa status? I am worried that I might be called back to India for getting new stamping if I report here ?

A: Optional since you are in the US and you lost your passport/visa in US, not in India.

2. Should I necessarily travel to India to get the stamping done ?

A: No.

3. Will loss of Passport and Visa create any problems in my status?

A: No.

4.  Will I have a remark when i go for stamping to India at anytime , as I have lost my passport and Visa ?

A: No.

5. Can I stay in USA without going to India for next 3 years ?

A: Yes.

6. Can I use my old passport scans and new passport for my H1B extension?

A: Yes. In fact, for your H1B extension, you do NOT need old passport scans. You only need new passport information and valid I-797.

7. If I can stay in USA , can I invite my parents for a visitor B1/B2 visa without any problem with my old passport scans and new passport?

A: Yes, but whether your parents can get the B visa depends on if they can convince the consulate they have strong tie in India.

8. I have no State ID or Driving license , can I apply for new Driving license and State ID with my old passport scans and new passport ?

A: Yes.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

IT Market for 2014 is going to be Awesome!! - Update

I am surprised that at the beginning of the year, the market was not nearly as good for IT professionals as I had expected.  It has improved over the last 2 months and recently has turned into Red Hot in IT again. 

For almost 1 year I did not recruit any students for my classes and actively discouraged students from signing up for my classes.  I simply did not want the burden of training students and not being able to find them placement.

Now that the market has improved, I am looking for 50 recent masters graduates for our internship program.  We currently have open Purchase Orders from clients for the below IT Skills and we will provide free training for all masters graduates in the below classes:

1) Guidewire Consultants
2) JAVA and Hadoop Consultants
3) WebSphere Consultants
4) IBM BPM (Formerly called Lombardi) Consultants
5) SAS Consultants
6) Oracle Apps DBA Consultants
7) Embedded Systems Consultants

As you know in most everything we teach by 2nd year you will make $100,000 or above in salaries.

So if you really want a job that has growth potential and has fantastic bill rates, then feel free to call and sign up for our upcoming classes.

Vijay Madala

Saturday, January 18, 2014

IT Market for 2014 is going to be Awesome!!

2014 is going to be an amazing year for Information Technology consultants.
Vijay Madala- VXL Training
Current State of L1 Visa
Recently we had applied for L1B to an H1B for a consultant from Cognizant.  He was part of a 12 member team that was here from India for a QA project in Chicago.  He was mentioning that Cognizant had applied for L1B extension for all 12 members of the team and they had all been rejected. 

I had heard from a friend of mine that that this would be case, but this case has proven that to be true.

In my view this is absolutely the time to get trained in Information Technology.  Based on the L1 denial's alone it is my guesstimation (I may have just made up this word) that there will be anymore from 27,000-54,000 openings for IT consultants just based on steady state without any growth expectations.

So go ahead and get trained for IT openings.  I expect 2014 to be a spectacular year for IT professionals.

If Senator Grassley's immigration bill also passes in 2014, then there is going to be tremendous demand for US Citizens and Green Card holders.  In this bill one of the recommendation is that companies with over 50% H1 or L1 Visa not be approved for any more visas.  Read more here: http://www.grassley.senate.gov/issues/Immigration.cfm

Based on all the anecdotal evidence here are my recommendations for 2014:

Buy Puts on All Large user of L1 visas specifically Cognizant after the first quarter results all announced.  I think from the 2nd quarter we should start seeing the effects of loss of 1000's of L1 visas for them. (I will be buying lots of Puts also)

If you are not an IT professional then get trained as an IT professional.  I do not think it really even matters what you get trained in, there will be tremendous demand by the middle of 2014.

We are currently training in:

JAVA with Hadoop - Jan 18th Start Date
Healthcare - Jan 18th Start Date
SQL BI - Feb 1st Start Date
.NET - Feb 1st Start Date
Embedded Systems - Feb 1st Start Date
IBM BPM - Feb 1st Start Date
PeopleSoft - May 31st Start Date

We are actively looking for students for our above training and now that the market is going to heat up I am actively looking to recruit lots of students for our classes.

I encourage you and your friends that are looking for employment to come and join our classes.  I believe strongly that 2014 is going to be an awesome year for IT.

As usual, all recent Masters Graduates the classes are totally free, for the rest of you the classes range in price from $1500 - $2500.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Incident at Guest House

I think everyone forgot about the incident at the Guest House in the past, because there was almost a fight today.

Here is the story again:  Please read it and try and learn a lesson.

Incident at the guest house

We have students that stay with us at the guest house and we had an incident that happened that I think everybody can learn from.

A recent student had come to the guest house and did not have cash, but had a check for $1000 from some relative of his. Let's call him " the douchebag."

One of the other kids had been working and had money, and was generally a nice guy, said "OK, I will lend you $50 and you can pay me back after you get money again." We'll call him "the money lender" The agreement was done and the douchebag took the $50.

After a week the money lender asked for his $50 back and the douchebag blew him off, saying yeah yeah you will get your money.

Second week comes and still no money had been returned, so money lender asked again.  The douchebag gets angry and takes some money out of his pocket and throws it at the money lender, saying "Here is some money, I will pay you the rest as soon as I cash the check," and shows his check again.  The money lender picks up the money that was thrown and it happens to be $26.  So there are a few more words exchanged and a small fight takes place.  The douchebag locks himself in the bathroom and calls the police.

Here we get a divergence in the story.  The money lender says that there was no real physical damage done, but that the douchebag emerged out of the bathroom with physical bruises and had blood on his face and he went to the police and said that he was attacked. The police ended up arresting the money lender.

The money lender is taken to jail. His boss goes to bail him out, but is told that until he faces the judge the next morning, there is no way to get him out of jail.  The next day goes in front of the judge who sets his bail at $500 and finally the money lender is out of jail.

The court case on this was May 17, 2011 and here is the final outcome.  The money lender was fined $750 plus 35 hours of community service and 9 months of probation.  The lawyer cost was $5000.

So the money lender, who was trying to be a nice guy, ended up losing $5750 plus all the community service hours and the 9 months of probation.

So there are lots of questions that arise from this situation:

1) Would you lend a roommate in the guest house money?
2) If you did and were not paid back, would you confront that roomate?
3) If you knew you could get convicted of assault and it could be determined to be a felony, which would guarantee that you will not get an H1B, how would this determine your actions? Would they change? Stay the same? 

This is a real life story that happened recently. What would you do when confronted with this situation?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Contract and Violation

We make our students sign a one year contract to work for us when they wish to have free training.

The contract is crystal clear:

1) Training and Guest House is Free
2) You have to work for us for a period of 1 year - This is actual 12 months of work
3) We will pay for H1B if needed, we pay salary of $56,000 plus benefits
4) They will have a Non-Compete, in which they cannot join the vendor or the client where they have been placed.
5) Notice period is 3 months and you have to give me 3 month notice

I placed a kid at Wipro for a contract they had at Ford.  He finished 9 months of his contract and then decided to join Wipro full-time.

So I asked my lawyer (Yes, we have an in-house lawyer that works on contingency) to sue him for:

$50,000 - For Violation of his non-compete
$5,000 - For violation of his contract
$8,000 - For Guest House usage

As soon as I sent this letter to my lawyer to initiate the lawsuit, he calls me and says to me:

"OK, I still have to work for 3 months, I will back date the contract for 2 weeks so that way I just have to complete 2.5 months and then I am done."

I said no, you have to give a three month notice and there is no such thing as back dating a notice period.  I mentioned that even after he completes his contract he cannot work at Wipro or Ford since he was introduced to them via our initial  placement.

So, he says to me, "But once I finish your contract what does it matter what I do?"

Again I patiently explain that he has a non-compete.  Even after you complete your contract, you cannot join Wipro, since this will be a violation of his non-compete.  I explain that he can sit out for 1 year and then join, and than he is OK.

Anyway I have a feeling that he feels once he finishes his one year, he is done and that the Non-Compete does not apply to him.

Guys, the idea of a Non-Compete is that as an employee you do not usurp an opportunity that the company has introduced you to.

Courts have ruled consistently that Non-Competes are valid.

I did explain to our employee what a non-compete is, so in case he does violate it, we will sue him for violating his non-compete.  I think it will be a good test for the validity of our contract and maybe we will lose, but in case we do, we will sit with our lawyers and tighten the language to make it viable.

I do not think what I ask of my students is too much.

I just felt it was an interesting discussion, so I thought that I would share it.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lawyer Q&A for H1B and OPT Candidates

We have a lot of employees now and we use a lawyer for our H1B cases and other issues that come up.

Here is a list of Q&A that our employees have come up with and the answer that our lawyer has given.  Hopefully it will help others that are looking for answers:

Question 1:

I am right now in India and need some advice from you regarding my H1B stamping.

I have received my H1B approval notice on January 23rd, 2013 with a valid date from 11/08/2012 to 09/30/2015, while I was working at client A.

The H1B got approved with location at San Jose, CA, Client A.

Later on Feb 11th 2013, I moved to Austin, TX, Client B. with same duties and same  position title. 

My employer applied LCA for Change in previously approved employment and mentioned location change to Ausin, TX. I received LCA Certification validity from Feb 11th 2013 to Feb 10th 2016.

Do I need to do H1B Amendment now with Client B details for Visa stamping? I am with the same employer till date.

Answer 1:

Hi, tough question.

According to CIS, there is no need to file amended petition. What he needs is a valid LCA which he has. See the attached. But the Consulate most likely would like to see the amended H1B petition. So, he better ask his employer to file it. 

Here is the Shotwell Memo  that clarifies this:

Here is a link to download the Shotwell Memo:

Question 2:

When I go for H1 stamping, I will be on F1 status and my MBA degree will be in progress and I am on F1-CPT currently. As I will be applying to change the status in middle of degree, can this act of mine raise 'Conflict of interest' issue in eyes of US Consulate? Any suggestions to respond to this situation ? What should be my response if asked about changing status when I haven't completed my degree yet?

Answer 2:

No, H-1B holders can pursue degree in the US

Question 3:

My mother in law has a green card. She left for India and it’s been more than 6 months (about 8 months). Green card requires at least 6 months stay in the US every year (not sure what the exact law is). She expects to stay in India for a longer period.

So, wanted to know what our options now are to keep the green card alive.

Answer 3:

She needs to come back before the end of one year.  She will not have any issue to come if she comes back before the end of one year.  If she has trouble in the airport, tell her to not sign anything; instead, insist to have hearing with the court. Once here, file re-entry permit, which allows her to stay in India for two years. before re-entry permit expires, come back and file another one for another 2 years. After that, she has to live here 6-months a year. 

Question 4:

As discussed, I have got an emergency trip to India next week, while my L1B to H1B Change of status is in process what are the outcome of action If I go ahead with my trip?

 Answer 4:

He can go, but his change of status from L1 to H1 will be automatically denied. Then, after his H1 approval, he has to go again to apply for a new H1 visa to come back. Or, you may upgrade his H1 to premium, and after H1 approval, he can go and come back on L1.

(So the basic answer for anyone that applied for an H1B in April and needs to go out of the country needs to wait until the H1B is approved before they go.  In this instance he needs to wait for the H1B approval and  then he can go and come back on his L1 and his H1B will be active from October 1)

Question 5:

Our recent employee says that his I-140 is approved and but his old employer is not willing to give the approval notice.  He was in USA recently for 4.5 years and his new H1B with us got approved for 1 year, and he wants to know how to proceed.

Answer 5:

If his I-140 is approved, he can get 3-yr H1B forever in the future. But if he cannot the the I-140 notice, then he can, file a Freedom of Information Act with CIS to get I-140 Copy which will show his case # and date of approval.

Question 6:

I got an H1B approved with a new company, but I have a Stamping done when I was with my old company. Do I need to get stamping done again before I come to USA.

Answer 6:

Do you mean you have valid visa stamping of H1b from old company? If yes, you are safe, just show your passport and your new I-797 approval from new employer.  See the attached documents. But do NOT show this unless you have trouble, and then insist to talk with the supervisor, and then show the attached.

Here is what you need to show: