Federal agents on Thursday said they arrested 11 people in six states in a crackdown on H-1B visa fraud and unsealed documents that detail how the visa process was used to undercut the salaries of U.S. workers.
Federal authorities allege that in some cases, H-1B workers were paid the prevailing wages of low-cost regions and not necessarily the higher salaries paid in the locations where they worked. By doing this, the companies were "displacing qualified American workers and violating prevailing wage laws," said federal authorities in a statement announcing the indictments.
H1-B immigration visas are not a type that TAG gets to review and write approve/disapprove letters for. But we do get info on them from time to time, and speed that info along.
But from visas we've reviewed, I can say that the larger companies are pretty straight-arrow about following the regs. (Disney especially follows them, because they have a tyro attorney who insists on it.)
But some of the smaller companies? Not so much.
The biggest problem with visas is that the INS tends to wave lots of applications through. If the application and supporting documents appear to be more or less in order, the Feds bless it and the immigrant comes in to work.
Perhaps this is changing ...