Friday, November 8, 2019

Why Should I Learn JAVA?

JAVA is the backbone of the internet. There are hundreds of thousands of open JAVA positions in USA, because there are not enough qualified candidates to fill them. Java is #1 programming language in the world which is in high-demand and jobs are available in almost any city in USA. Greatest flexibility as far as relocation. Learn this skill and get placed immediately and it will lead you towards higher paying positions.

If you learn JAVA you will be employed for the rest of your life. Other software may come and go, but JAVA is just so core, it will never disappear. Lots of the Hottest Software backbone is JAVA. So it is easy to transition into hot software sectors.

Our JAVA teacher came to USA as an immigrant and decided to become an expert in JAVA. Now he is the CTO of a Fortune 500 company.

More than the fulfillment of his career, his true joy is teaching. He currently volunteers and teaches for the Science Fair at local public schools and his team came in 3rd and 4th nationally. He is truly a wonderful teacher and he is passionate about it. A lot of people are skilled in their profession but not everybody can teach those skills to others. Our teacher was born to teach, he is that amazing.

If you are going to learn a skill, learn from the best.

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:

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.

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.

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:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Market is Picking up

We have had 7 placements in the last 1 week and I feel like the market has picked up and we are starting our classes in earnest again.  I hated to teach classes when I knew that the market is slow. 

Our SAP classes are starting again and we are taking students for the rest of our classes also now.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Do You Know JAVA?

I have a few companies that are willing to hire you full time if you know JAVA.  So if you know JAVA and feel you can pass and face-to-face interview and are capable o doing a live skills challenge then they will hire you.

If you know JAVA, please send me your actual resume and I will work the below companies to get you hired.

Here is the deal:

Company 1: Located in Detroit MI

The first week is free.  They will pay $15 per hour for the first month after the first free week and then after the probation period, you will be hired for full time at $25 per hour plus benefits.

This company will decide what other training you might need and will discuss their needs during the interview.

You will have to relocate to Detroit MI for this opportunity.

Company 2: Located in Herndon VA

They will hire only 1 person every month of 1 person every 2 months.  The first month will be free and from the second month you will be paid at $56,000 salary plus benefits.

They have a core product that they work on, and they will provide additional training on their product before they place you on a live project.

You will have to relocate to Herndon VA for this opportunity.

Company 3: Located in Dallas TX

They want 4-5 full trained JAVA students.

The first month will be free and from the second month you will be paid at $40,000 salary plus benefits.

They will train you for an additional 2-3 months on their core product.

You have multiple locations in USA and based on their need, you can be at any location.


Training and Placement

I have mentioned in the past that we are very successful in training and placement. Except for a few verticals in healthcare, I would say that 2013 had been terrible. I have spent a total of about $300,000 over the last 5 month with a return of less than $50,000 over this period.  This is tremendous money that I an my students that have paid for classes have wasted together.

Most of our students join based on my word that the technology is in demand.  By the time we start a training and by the time we end a training the market changes and the demand may have disappeared.

I have always tried to be extremely honest in everything I tell my students.

So today we had an incident and I thought I would write about it.  I am sure there are lessons to be learned by everyone from this.

We started a class in November of 2012, because I had a technology that was in demand and I was given a verbal order for over 84 resources for the month of January and February by 2 large IT consulting companies.  This class ended up finishing in February and we started marketing our students then.  The large IT consulting companies bowed out, saying that either they lost a contract or that the client has not signed off on the contract as they promised and the project was on hold.

I collected a total of $12,500 from running that class, from students that had paid.  My cost for the class ended up being $58,000 for the teachers and possibly another $100,000 in allocated overhead.  I ended up placing just 1 student from that class (I have had a client say that they wanted 4-5 American or GC candidates in about 30 days, so maybe I can break even one day - We will see).

The market is full of full-time opportunities, but hardly any corp-to-corp opportunities.

I can the frustration of students from what I promised and what was delivered, and it is frustrating to me also that I could not deliver as I promised.

But from the point the class start until now, the market has changed so much, but it is simply indescribable.  I would never have imagined that this change would have occurred so quickly or caught me off guard like it did.  Forget the $250,000 that I lost, it makes to sick that I was unable to help people that I promised to help.  I may eventually be able to help them, since I feel a little traction now, so I guess we will see.

Consulting vs. Full-time

There were two distinct business models that have worked for the last few years.

1) Bring qualified people from India - Large Consulting companies in India have a terrific training and mentoring program in India.  Usually if you can find an employee with 5 years of real time experience from India, it would be very easy to place them as consultants in USA.  This was the dominate business model from 1997 until 2010.

2) In 2010 onwards the USCIS changed their policy and made getting an H1B approval and stamping done from India, almost impossible.  This caused for a shift in the business model and from 2010-2012 most companies did very well training recent masters graduates and placing them as consultants.  Each company had an area of focus and it did not really matter what the area of focus was, a majority of them did very well.

We have now entered 2013 and it seems like both of the above models are dead.  Currently the IT market is looking for either full-time employees or for very senior level IT consultants.  Sometimes it amazes me how quickly a change occurs.

With the new immigration bill on everyone's mind, I had a chat with the head of a large Indian IT consulting company and I see another change in the market ahead.

Here is the future of IT in my view:

Most consulting companies have come to realize that there is simply no way that the US government is going to let companies get away with having large amounts of staff on H1B, L1, B1 etc..  They have come to the realization that they will be forced to have 50% of Greencard (GC) or Us Citizens (USC), if not immediately then soon.  With this in mind I have started getting inquiries from Large IT Consulting  companies if I will train recent college graduates for them.  They will apparently hire them out of college at $30,000 - $40,000 on a fulltime salary and then send them to us for 3-4 months and they want us to train them in various technologies.  So far I have gotten a request for training for 20 students to get trained in JAVA (Core annd J2EE) plus SQL BI.

Based on my experience I think the model going forward that will be successful will be to train US Citizens and Green Card holder in:

1) Train on JAVA along with database knowledge and allow large companies to come and recruit and hire as full-time employees.  Most new software are based on JAVA as a back end.   From Guidewire to Lombardi, almost all the new successful software requires a knowledge of JAVA.

2) Work with large IT recruiters and see what demand they have and train for that niche with a contract in hand.

With all this in mind I think VXL has come to a crossroad.  We must decide what our future is going to be.