Feds find high level of fraud in H-1B petitions
Computerworld - A recent review of 246 H-1B visa applications by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) found that 21% contained fraudulent information or "technical violations" of federal laws and regulations.
The violation rate was even higher in cases involving computer professionals. Twenty-eight of the 104 that were examined, or 27%, had violations of some sort, according to a USCIS report that was finalized in September and publicly released last week by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).
USCIS investigators examined a random sample of the nearly 97,000 H-1B petitions filed in late 2005 and early 2006. They found problems such as forged signatures, fake degrees and the use of shell companies in applications. Other issues were discovered during visits to work sites. For instance, some employers "benched" H-1B holders when work wasn't available or had them doing jobs that weren't listed on their visa applications, the report said.
The report's authors called the level of fraud a "significant vulnerability" for the H-1B program and wrote that the USCIS is making "procedural changes" in response to the findings. An agency spokesman said Friday that possible steps include checking applications against external records and using fraud indicators to flag petitions for increased scrutiny.
This version of the story originally appeared in Computerworld's print edition.
Got something to add? Let us know in the article comments.
Read more about IT Careers in Computerworld's IT Careers Topic Center.
- Path Selection Infographic Path Selection Infographic
- Hyperconvergence Infographic A wide range of observers agree that data centers are now entering an era of "hyperconvergence" that will raise network traffic levels faster...
- Preparing Your Infrastructure for the Hyperconvergence Era From cloud computing and virtualization to mobility and unified communications, an array of innovative technologies is transforming today's data centers.
- How WAN Optimization Helps Enterprises Reduce Costs If you wanted to break down innovation into a tidy equation, it might go something like this: Technology + Connectivity = Productivity. Productivity...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources...
- LIVE EVENT: 5/7, The End of Data Protection As We Know It. Introducing a Next Generation Data Protection Architecture. Traditional backup is going away, but where does this leave end-users? All IT Careers White Papers | Webcasts
Our 28th annual survey results show which IT skills are in high demand and which are cooling off. Also, see how your salary stacks up to peers' with our Smart Salary Tool.