The computerized system designed to successfully select H-1B applicants in the US each year has been abused and fraud attempts have increased exponentially. A federal agency gave this information on Friday. H-B visas allow US employers to hire foreign workers in certain occupations.
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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said in a statement on Friday that it conducted an extensive fraud investigation based on evidence found in FY 2023 and FY 2024. USCIS said it is in the process of initiating criminal prosecution.
“The H-1B program is an essential part of our nation’s immigration system and economy, and USCIS is committed to enforcing the law and meeting the changing needs of the US labor market,” she said. Working on the 1B Modernization Rule, which will strengthen the registration process to reduce the possibility of fraud and abuse in the H-1B registration system.
US Tech Workers, a group campaigning against H-1B visas, said it has been warning about such frauds for the past several years.
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