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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

SCAMWATCH: VISA FRAUD SCEME BROKEN UP IN BRAZIL

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Eleven people arrested in a scheme that raked in an estimated $50,000,000. Here are details from the LA Times:

Authorities arrested 11 people Monday in an alleged U.S. work-visa scam
that raked in more than $50 million from thousands of Brazilians since
2002. Some of those scammed went to the U.S. and wound up as illegal
aliens because promised jobs didn't exist.

Brazilians seeking
temporary working visas were charged up to $15,000 each in what a
statement from the U.S. Consulate called one of the largest cases of
U.S. visa fraud ever. Similar schemes were uncovered in Russia, the
Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Romania and the United Arab
Emirates.

Police are still searching for seven suspects,
including one who holds U.S. citizenship, said Aline Alves, the state
prosecutor. Assisted by U.S. officials, Alves headed the investigation
into the fraud in Latin America's largest city.

Alves said
unidentified U.S.-based immigration lawyers and Brazilian middlemen
hatched the scheme by getting temporary visas authorized by the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, and then charging Brazilians
exorbitant rates to land those visas tied to jobs that rarely existed.

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  1. honest's Avatar
    It is unbelievable to hear this huge working visa fraud case.

    Personally I do believe the working visa (H-1B) application system should be changed completely from employers' sponsorship to issue working permit directly to prospective employees (with employees' application fee payment) via immigration lawyers' aid of application filing process. Once the employees are hired by employers to work, the employees should inform the immigration department about the name of employers, address, phone no. and job title through the immigration lawyers with separate fee payment. Then the government should send some officials (without any advanced notice) to job location to check whether the employees are really working there or not and each official visit should charge the employees' service charge. Then there will have different incomes from working visa filing and job location checking process to both government and immigration lawyers.

    And if each job location checking process is good without any fraud made by employees (applicants) and pass good background check without any criminal record, then after certain years of working permit, again with fee payment by employees with the aid of immigration lawyers, green card will be issued. I think this will eliminate both working visa fraud and the employees' tied up by employers. Also, this will eliminate the tension headache of employers' to file all complicated working visa application process for their prospective employees. At the same time, the prospective employees can choose their own immigration lawyers to help themselves with their own pace of immigration process. But this is ONLY my personal opinion!!!
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