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Executives of Staffing Companies Charged with Visa Fraud

Release Date: July 2, 2019

NEWARK, N.J. – Four executives of two information technology staffing companies have been arrested on charges of fraudulently using the H-1B visa program to gain an unfair advantage over competitors, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced yesterday.

Vijay Mane, 39, of Princeton, New Jersey; Venkataramana Mannam, 47, of Edison, New Jersey; Fernando Silva, 53, of Princeton; and Sateesh Vemuri, 52, of San Jose, California, are each charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud.

Vemuri made his initial appearance July 1, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven C. Mannion in Newark federal court. Mannam and Silva appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leda Dunn Wettre in Newark federal court on June 25, 2019; Mane appeared before Judge Wettre on June 27, 2019. All were released on $250,000 bond.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Mane, Mannam, and Vemuri controlled two IT staffing companies located in Middlesex County, New Jersey – Procure Professionals Inc. and Krypto IT Solutions Inc. Silva and Mannam also controlled another New Jersey staffing company, referred to in the complaint as “Client A.” The defendants used Procure and Krypto to recruit foreign nationals and sponsor them for H-1B visas, which allow recipients to live and work temporarily in the U.S. in positions requiring specialized skills. To expedite their visa applications, the defendants caused Procure and Krypto to file H-1B applications falsely asserting that the foreign worker/beneficiaries had already secured positions at Client A, when, in reality, no such positions existed. Instead, the defendants used these fraudulent applications to build a “bench” of job candidates already admitted to the United States, who could then be hired out immediately to client companies without the need to wait through the visa application process, giving the defendants an advantage over their competitors in the staffing industry.

The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Newark Office of Fraud Detection and National Security; the USCIS National Benefits Center; and the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, New York Region, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael C. Mikulka, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah A. Sulkowski of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Public Protection Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).



Last Reviewed/Updated: 07/08/2019






5/07/2019

H-1B visa denial rates skyrocket under Trump

Outsourcing firms hit hardest, new data shows

H-1B application documents (Meri Simon/Bay Area News Group)

By ETHAN BARON

President Donald Trump’s promised crackdown on the H-1B visa had a dramatic impact last year, according to recently released federal data that shows immigration officials denied nearly one out of every four requests for new visas for skilled foreign workers.

That’s the highest denial rate for new H-1B visa applications in nearly 10 years and almost double the 13 percent rate in the prior fiscal year.

The data, which tracks H-1B visa approvals and denials since 2009, was released by the Trump administration last month as it seeks to carry out a pledge to reform the visa to better protect American workers under the president’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order.

“It appears that the administration’s efforts are working,” said Sarah Pierce, an analyst at the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.


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However, after comparing the 2018 denial rate for new visas with 2016, the last fiscal year under the administration of former President Barack Obama, Pierce said the increase is not being “felt evenly” across firms that seek new visas.

Looking at the nation’s top 30 H-1B employers, Pierce’s analysis found that among so-called H-1B dependent companies, where at least 15 percent of the workforce has the visa, denials of new visas increased from about 4 percent in 2016 to 42 percent in 2018. The majority of those H-1B dependent companies were outsourcing, staffing and consulting companies, which traditionally receive huge numbers of new H-1B visas every year.

For example, outsourcer Cognizant Tech Solutions — the top recipient of new H-1B visas in 2017 — saw its denials skyrocket five times higher in 2018, to 61 percent. Other top outsourcers like Tata Consultancy, Tech Mahindra Americas and Infosys also saw significant increases in their denial rates last year.

In contrast, top direct employers, like Facebook, Google and Microsoft, aren’t having the same experience, the data shows. The three companies had denial rates of between 1 and 2 percent for new H-1B visas in fiscal year 2018 — roughly the same rate as 2017.



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Tech giants rely heavily on the H-1B, which is intended for jobs requiring specialized skills, and have pushed for an expansion of the annual 85,000 cap on new visas. But critics point to reported abuses by outsourcers, and argue that companies, including major tech firms that hire contract employees, use the visa to supplant American workers with cheaper foreign labor.

As part of its effort to put more scrutiny on H-1B visa applications, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman said the agency has “strengthened fraud detection and prevention efforts” and in 2017 created a new program for targeted inspection visits to H-1B employers.

While the agency did not detail its reasons for denying visa requests, it did recently list the reasons it demands more information for H-1B applications deemed deficient. At the top of the list are failure to establish that an occupation meets the visa requirements, failure to show that a company and visa candidate have a valid employment relationship, or failure to demonstrate that work is available for the term of the visa. Those deficiencies often lead to denials: The rate of approvals for applications subject to demands for more evidence dropped to 62 percent in 2018 from 74 percent in 2017 and 79 percent in 2016, according to agency data.

Despite the increases in denial rates among outsourcers, Howard University professor Ron Hira, who studies the H-1B and immigration issues, said the data suggests the government hasn’t completely eliminated their dominance of the H-1B program. Outsourcing companies remain among the top H-1B recipients.


    
   
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“The Trump administration has taken some positive steps to clean up the program,” Hira said. “They should be taking much more significant steps. We haven’t had the major overhaul of the H-1B program that President Trump promised in his first 100 days.”

So far this year, India’s Tata has received almost 1,200 new H-1B visas, the most of any company. However, USCIS has not yet completed its processing of visa applications this year.

The federal data shows that the total number of new H-1B visas approved last year declined almost 9 percent from the preceding year, to 87,900. Although there is an annual cap on H-1Bs, it does not include exempt employers, such as universities and research nonprofits.

The number of H-1B extensions also decreased last year to about 247,100. Extensions rose significantly after 2015 in part because of a newrequirement that H-1B employers apply for a continuing visa whenever an employee changed work sites. Denial rates for continuing visas also spiked last year to their highest level in nearly 10 years. However, there were still far more H-1B extensions approved last year than in 2009.


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Pierce said that increase was likely driven by two other factors in addition to the 2015 rule change: approval of shorter visas, which require more frequent extension applications, and a green card backlog that keeps some H-1B visa holders renewing for years.

In addition to visa totals, denials and approvals, the new data contains information about whether each application for a new H-1B visa or an extension received an initial approval or denial. Applications for which a decision is still pending are not included. Neither is information about cases where an applicant appealed a denial — a rare occurrence, Pierce said.

Source: https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/06/h-1b-visa-denial-rates-skyrocket-under-trump/



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5/07/2019

申請H-1B簽證 每4人就有1人被打回票

(World Journal) 編譯黃秀媛


去年為外國技術勞工申請H-1B工作簽證,幾有四分之一被打回票,比前一年度的13%提高將近一倍。(取自推特)

聯邦資料顯示,川普總統誓言遏制H-1B工作簽證已造成重大衝擊,去年為外國技術勞工(Skilled Worker)提出的申請,幾有四分之一被打回票,比前一年度的13%提高將近一倍。

聖荷西「水星報」說,美國公民及移民服務局 (USCIS)上個月公布這種資料,以遵照川普「買美國貨、雇美國人」的行政命令,改革工作簽證加強保護美國工作人員。

對美國雇用最多H-1B員工的30家公司進行的分析,發現這些至少有15%員工使用這種簽證的公司,在歐巴馬政府卸任前的2016年度約有4%申請被拒,2018年度激增到42%。這些公司絕大多數是外包、人力和諮詢顧問企業。

例如,2017年獲得最多H-1B簽證的Cognizant Tech Solutions外包服務公司,2018年申請被拒比率達到61%,比前一年暴增五倍。Tata顧問、Tech Mahindra Americas和Infosys等印度大外包企業,去年駁回率也大增。


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相形之下,臉書、谷歌和微軟等美國大科技公司去年申請H-1B簽證被打回票的比率只有1%到2%,與前年大致相同。

USCIS沒有說明拒發簽證的原因,不過它最近列出要求申請人提出更多資料的理由,包括未能證明有關職缺符合簽證規定、未能顯示公司與簽證人選有切實的雇佣關係,或是未能顯示有關職缺在簽證有效期都存在。

這些情況經常導致申請被拒。政府資料顯示,要求提供更多證明後申請獲准的比率,在2016年為79%,2017年減至74%,2018年更降到62%。

雖然外包公司申請被拒的比率提高,不過它們獲得的H-1B簽證還是很多。印度的Tata公司今年迄今就已獲得將近1200份新簽證,多於任何其他企業。




聯邦資料顯示去年獲批准的H-1B簽證比前年少將近9%,總數為8萬7900件。這個數字超過H-1B計畫一年最多發8萬5000份新簽證的限制,因為大學和非營利性研究機構等雇主豁免限制。

H-1B簽證去年申請延長獲准總數也減至大約24萬7100件。這種申請案在2015以來大幅增加,因為新法規定只要員工更換工作地點,雇主就得申請延長簽證。去年申請延長被拒絕比率大增,達到將近10年來的最高點。

除了新規定之外,申請延長簽證增加可能還有兩個因素:獲准的簽證有效期較短,必須更經常申請延長;申請綠卡案件積壓,使一些持用H-1B簽證的人必須一再申請延長。











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