[NYTimes] How Outsourcing Companies Are Gaming the Visa System

To read and learn more about this New York Times report, please go to http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/11/06/us/outsourcing-companies-dominate-h1b-visas.html

13 outsourcing companies took nearly one-third of all H-1B visas in 2014.

The outsourcing companies dominate the visa program by flooding the system with applications.

With more applications, the number of visas given to outsourcing companies has risen sharply.

Many H-1B workers earn salaries below market rates.

The vast majority of H-1B workers are from India. The top outsourcing firms primarily bring temporary workers from India. American companies like Microsoft, Google and Apple have drawn from a wider range of countries, including China and Canada, for their H-1B workers. But in 2014, 70 percent of the H-1B visas went to workers from India, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Labor Dept. launches probe of H1-B violations by Indian companies

To read more, please go to http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/13/dol-investigation-h1bs-idUSL1N0YZ0MK20150613

Reversing the position it took in April, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched an investigation into two companies’ use of the H1-B visa program at Southern California Edison.

TCS, Infosys face US probe for H-1B visa violations

To read more, please go to http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/TCS-Infosys-face-US-probe-for-H-1B-visa-violations/articleshow/47639928.cms?

NEW YORK: The US government has opened an investigation against two of the biggest Indian outsourcing companies for possible violations of H1-B visa rules, according to a media report.

The Department of Labour has opened the investigation against Tata Consultancy Services and Infosys for “possible violations of rules for visas for foreign technology workers under contracts they held with an electric utility Southern California Edison,” the New York Times said.

Infosys & TCS faces a serious US probe for violating multiple noms for their H1-B VISA requirement. If found guilty, they would suffer a suspension for applying H1-B VISA in the future.

Chesco case highlights H-1B immigration scams

To read more, please go to http://articles.philly.com/2015-03-19/news/60254438_1_shell-companies-h-1b-visas

At first blush, Upani Consultants of Chester County appeared to be a group of ambitious workers, mostly from India, who came to the United States on specialty visas to be employed as quality-assurance analysts and software engineers in information technology.

But in fact, according to the guilty plea by Sudhakar Majety in federal court in Philadelphia late last year, the company he created a decade ago in Phoenixville ultimately exploited the H-1B “specialty occupation” visa program by using shell companies and sham contracts to give the impression that Upani needed staff.

When the workers arrived here, according to the indictment, they learned that Upani had no positions and were forced to search for jobs elsewhere.

Majety, 46, of Spring City, Chester County, typically charged each worker about $4,000 for the visa and kept 20 percent of any money the worker earned. Workers who could not find employment had to pay him extra to keep their visas active.

Worst employers ever. . . . Everything fake,” a burned employee posted anonymously in 2012 on the website Glassdoor, which has online reviews of IT companies.

You will end up cheated,” another reviewer wrote.

Cognizant spent $2.7mn on US lobbying in 2014, while Wipro spent $460,000 and TCS spent $80,000

It is basically one of the top reasons why Indian Consulting companies like Infosys, Wipro and TCS can dominate the H1B visas. They have spent “small” money for lobbying and have gained tremendous amount of profit by controlling the H1B visas (as well as workers who want to work in the US)

Cognizant spent $2.7mn on US lobbying in 2014, while Wipro spent $460,000 and TCS spent $80,000

BENGALURU: Cognizant Technology Solutions spent about Rs 17 crore ($2.7 million) last year trying to influence US lawmakers primarily on the country’s new immigration rules, significantly higher than its top three Indian IT rivals put together.

WiproBSE 0.17 % spent about $460,000 on lobbying in the US last year, and Tata Consultancy ServicesBSE -0.25 %, India’s largest software exporter, about $80,000, filings with the US Lobbying Act Disclosure Database show. InfosysBSE 2.30 % d ..

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Two Indian-Americans arrested for H-1B visa fraud in US

From dnaindia.com, please read more from: http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-two-indian-americans-arrested-for-h-1b-visa-fraud-in-us-2085599

Two Indian-Americans, who recruited foreign workers mainly from India with purported IT expertise, were arrested in New Jersey on Wednesday on charges of H-1B visa fraud.

When submitting the visa paperwork to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), they falsely represented that the foreign workers had full-time positions and were paid an annual salary, as required to secure the H-1B visas. Contrary to these representations and in violation of the H-1B program, Patel, Mohta and others paid the foreign workers only when they were placed at a third-party client who entered into a contract with SCM Data or MMC Systems, the federal complaint alleged.

Faking job positions is a common trick for H1B visa fraud. If your current or future employer asks you for money for faking a job position for your H1b visa, please reject immediately. It is illegal!

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

http://www.uscis.gov/news/uscis-completes-data-entry-fiscal-year-2016-h-1b-cap-subject-petitions

USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in our computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning these petitions is uncertain. USCIS asks petitioners to not inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the petitions have been returned.

Good luck for everyone in this lottery. Please support our White House petition “Remove and Ban Cheaters Who Sent Multi-Petition Before H1B Lottery Selection” http://wh.gov/iZAhc for stopping H1B visa fraud! Please sign up, and confirm your vote in the confirmation email.