Archive for the tag 'H-1B Fraud'

IT Staffing Company Agrees to Pay Up For Firing Employee Who Complained About H-1B Hiring Discrimination

A few weeks ago we wrote about a legal complaint against an H-1B body-shop employer that highlighted a unique process for American citizens or green-card holders to contest unscrupulous employers who exploit the H-1B program. In our prior story, we discussed the complaint process within the Department of Justice (DOJ), in which American citizens and green […]

Guilty Plea For H-1B Scam Targeting Student Visa Holders; Beware of More Scams With H-1B Quota Cap

  A U.S. employer’s representative has pleaded guilty to running an H-1B visa scam targeting foreign students whose visas were set to expire and who apparently were seeking a follow-on employer sponsor who would enable them to remain in the United States and work.  The employer representative, Srinivas Doppalapudi, 45,  a U.S. permanent resident originally from India, pleaded […]

Afraid You’ll Be Fired and Lose Your Status if You Complain to Your H-1B Employer? The Law May Protect You

H-1B employees who have been benched without pay or underpaid often are reluctant to complain against their employers because they fear they will be fired and lose their immigration status. This fear is understandable, but exaggerated. This article will explain why complaining can actually help preserve your status in the United States. The Relationship Between […]

What Happened to the H-1B Employees Charged with IT Employer as Visa Fraud Conspirators?

The H-1B employees who were originally indicted as co-conspirators in connection with Vision Systems work visa fraud scheme have either plead guilty to reduced charges or had charges dismissed last year.  Apparently, these results were in exchange for the H-1B workers cooperating with the investigation and prosecution of their employer. Most of those who plead guilty did […]

Feds Cracking Down with Criminal Convictions Against Employers for H-1B and Work Visa Fraud

H-1B and other employers who run work visa scams have more to fear than just the Department of Labor for their violations. These employers increasingly are facing criminal convictions and imprisonment on charges typically used against organized crime and trafficking rings, such as the Mafia. In the past several months, federal prosecutors have publicized several cases against […]

Common Assumptions by H-1B Workers that Are Wrong

Image via Wikipedia Many underpaid H-1B workers make assumptions about their situation that (while understandable)  are incorrect. Below are several assumptions we have heard from H-1B employees that are wrong.  If you have been making the assumptions below, you may be stopping yourself from improving your situation.

FDNS Explains the 3 Types of Site Visits It Conducts; Which One May Apply to You?

USCIS has released more details about its new fraud detection program marked by surprise site visits, according to AILA. During DHS’ recent program on employment-based visa fraud, the Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) office, explained the three types of site visits it is conducting: 1. Risk Assessment Program fraud study. These visits involve any […]

Hunting Down H-1B Fraud: First-Hand Account of a USCIS Worksite Inspection

As part of its stepped up effort to target employers who violate immigration laws, USCIS is conducting more worksite inspections, including those of H-1B employers. As part of their investigation, the inspector interviews both the employer and the H-1B employee. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association has written an account of one of […]

Want to Post to a Message Board About an H-1B Employer? Think Twice, and Count to Ten

If you are thinking about all your problems with your H-1B employer, and want to tell the world- or, tell Facebook, listservs, and/or Desi message boards- you should think twice and count to ten before posting. It is understandable to feel highly frustrated by an H-1B employer who has benched you, underpaid your wages, unlawfully […]

H-1B Employers Among Newest Target of IRS Looking for Wage Abuse

H-1B employers who engage in financial shenanigans with their employees’ wages have more potential problems than just DOL or USCIS investigations. They are now under heightened scrutiny by the IRS. The Large and Mid-Size Business Division of the IRS recently announced it is prioritizing audits of tax withholding agents related to payment of wages to […]