Indians pray at visa temples to go abroad

To learn more, please go to http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-33161672

Millions of Indians regularly visit temples and religious sites to pray and seek divine help in fulfilling their wishes.

This 150-year-old Sikh gurdwara (temple) in Talhan village in the northern Indian state of Punjab is the go-to place for thousands of Sikhs wanting to travel out of India.

Many believe that praying at the Shaheed Baba Nihal Singh gurdwara will improve their chances of securing a visa.

 

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4 Indian-Americans Charged With H-1B Visa Fraud

To learning more, please go to http://www.ndtv.com/indians-abroad/4-indian-americans-charged-with-h-1b-visa-fraud-1404396

WASHINGTON:  Four Indian-Americans have been indicted for hatching a plot to commit H-1B visa fraud, use of false documents and mail fraud among other offences, the US federal prosecutors said in an official statement.

The couple Sunitha Guntipally and Venkat Guntipally, Pratap “Bob” Kondamoori and Sandhya Ramireddi, allegedly used three California corporations to orchestrate the improper submission of more than 100 H-1B specialty-occupation work visa applications, said the statement from the US Attorney’s Office Northern District of California.

U.S. uncovers $20M H-1B fraud scheme

For more details, please visit http://www.computerworld.com/article/3064712/h1b/us-uncovers-20m-h-1b-fraud-scheme.html

The U.S. government has indicted a Virginia couple for running an H-1B visa-for-sale scheme the government said generated about $20 million.

Workers were required to pay their own visa processing fees and were treated as hourly contractors, the DOJ alleged. Treating H-1B workers as hourly contractors is in violation of the program rules, the government said.

A U.S. District Court judge in Dallas is scheduled to consider sentencing, as early as this week, for brothers Atul Nanda and Jiten “Jay” Nanda, for visa fraud following a jury verdict last November. They face up to 20 years in prison for using the visa program to create an on-demand workforce, the government alleged.

H-1B Visa Cap Reached – FY 2017

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USCIS Announcement:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.

USCIS will first randomly select petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 general cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings.

New Jersey University Was Fake, but Visa Fraud Arrests Are Real

To learn more, please go to NYTimes http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/06/nyregion/new-jersey-university-was-fake-but-visa-fraud-arrests-are-real.html?_r=1 for the original post

Instead, the university was a fake, set up by the Homeland Security Department as part of a sting operation to ensnare criminals involved in student visa fraud.

The people arrested were brokers who recruited foreign students who were mainly from China and India to an institution that they knew would not have real classes.

He paid the university $6,000 to obtain 20 visas for skilled workers, known as H-1B visas, the complaint said. (The government never issued them.) He paid another $17,750 to the school for arranging the extension of student visas.

Indian IT Services And Modern Day Slavery

Indian IT firms barely meet the minimum H1B salary requirements. To learn more, please go to the original article https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indian-services-modern-day-slavery-karthik-sundaram by Karthik Sundaram

In a recent report, you can see that the top applicants for the H1B visas are nearly all IT services firms, only a few like Microsoft, Google, and Oracle are other applicants. And do note the minimum salaries these companies declare they will pay the foreign worker–the Indian IT firms barely meet the minimum requirements, while the US companies declare over $100,000 salaries.