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Vivek Ramaswamy wants to end H-1B visa programme,
calls it ‘indentured servitude'

Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 2023 A.Gary Singh

Calling the H-1B visa programme “indentured servitude”, Indian-American Republican presidential aspirant Vivek Ramaswamy has vowed to “gut” the lottery-based system and replace it with meritocratic admission if he wins the race to the White House in 2024.

The H-1B visa, the much-sought-after among Indian IT professionals, is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

Ramaswamy himself has used the visa programme 29 times.

From 2018 through 2023, US Citizenship and Immigration Services approved 29 applications for Ramaswamy’s former company, Roivant Sciences, to hire employees under H-1B visas.

Yet, the H-1B system is “bad for everyone involved,” Ramaswamy was quoted as saying by Politico.

“The lottery system needs to be replaced by actual meritocratic admission. It’s a form of indentured servitude that only accrues to the benefit of the company that sponsored an H-1B immigrant. I’ll gut it,” he said in a statement, adding that the US needs to eliminate chain-based migration.

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NRI Vivek Ramaswamy announces Republican bid
for President in 2024

Los Angeles, Feb. 22, 2023 A.Gary Singh

NRI Vivek Ramaswamy, tech entrepreneur, announced that he’s running for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.In a short video launched on Tuesday, the 37-year-old Vivek Ramaswamy said:

  • “We’ve celebrated our ‘diversity’ so much that we forgot all the ways we’re really the same as Americans, bound by ideals that united a divided, headstrong group of people 250 years ago. I believe deep in my bones those ideals still exist. I’m running for President to revive them.
  • “We’re in the midst of a national identity crisis. Faith, patriotism & family are disappearing. We embrace one secular religion after another — from wokeism to climatism — to satisfy our deeper need for meaning. Yet we cannot even answer what it means to be an American.
  • “The GOP can fill that void. E pluribus unum: from many, one. That is the dream that won the American Revolution; that reunited us after the Civil War, that won us two World Wars & the Cold War. That is the dream that still gives hope to the world. That is American exceptionalism.”

About Vivek Ramaswamy

  • Ramaswamy was born in 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised there.
  • His parents immigrated from Vadakkencherry, Palakkad, Kerala, India. His father graduated from a regional engineering college in Kerala, and worked for General Electric as an engineer and patent attorney, while his mother graduated from Mysore Medical College and worked as a geriatric psychiatrist.
  • Ramaswamy has argued that American-style capitalism provides an antidote to the caste system in India by offering lower-caste citizens more economic opportunities.
  • Ramaswamy graduated from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati in 2003.In high school, he was class valedictorian, a nationally ranked junior tennis player, and an accomplished pianist.
  • In 2007, Ramaswamy graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an A.B. in biology.
  • He wrote his senior thesis on the ethical questions raised by creating human-animal chimeras. His thesis was awarded the Bowdoin Prize for Natural Sciences, and a precis was published in The New York Times and The Boston Globe in 2007.In 2013, Ramaswamy received a J.D. from Yale Law School
  • In 2007, Ramaswamy and Travis May co-founded Campus Venture Network, a technology company that provided software and networking resources to university entrepreneurs. 
  • The company was acquired in 2009 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.Ramaswamy worked at QVT Financial from 2007 to 2014, where he was a partner and co-managed the firm's biotech portfolio, while simultaneously attending Yale Law School from 2010-2013.
  • Ramaswamy met his wife Apoorva T. Ramaswamy, an Assistant Professor and clinician at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, when they lived near each other at Yale University when studying law and medicine respectively. Together, they have two sons.Ramaswamy self-identifies as a Hindu.