ICE has announced the arrests of eleven individuals in seven states as part of an investigation in to visa and mail fraud. The arrested were employees of Vision Systems Group, Inc., a New Jersey company that is a so-called "job shop" placing IT workers from India. According to USCIS:Suskind comments
This investigation involves companies that sponsor primarily H-1B non-immigrants, or temporary workers in specialty occupations that require particular expertise. The companies that are the subject of this investigation have asserted that the foreign workers have been brought to the U.S. to fill existing vacancies. However, the companies allegedly have not always had jobs available for these workers…In some cases, the foreign workers have allegedly been placed in jobs and locations not previously certified by the Department of Labor, displacing qualified American workers and violating prevailing wage laws. The companies and foreign workers have allegedly submitted false statements and documents in support of their visa petitions.
As long time readers of this blog know, before issuing draconian new reforms to the H-1B system, we should first enforce the regulations on the books. The Labor Department needs more funds to do a better job enforcing existing rules and employers abusing workers and flouting our laws need to see more of these kinds of headlines."A Comment" adds
It appears US attorney is going to spread the dragnet to net more companies soon. A majority of H1B dependant body shoppers "employers" run by Indian folks follow the same playbook, so more arrest would not suprise anyone who knows how H1B loopholes are exploited.Vision Systems has been around for a while. Its website boasts that a person called (NJ) Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula graced their 10th Anniversary bash.
Thank Greg Siskind for his honesty