1 min read.Updated: 02 Jun 2021, 10:02 AM ISTSeema Hakhu Kachru, PTI
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise
An Indian technology company, which also has its office in Houston, has admitted to a conspiracy of committing a major H-1B visa fraud, according to an official statement.
Cloudgen LLC, a consulting and strategic solutions company, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit visa fraud from March 2013 to December 2020 through its corporate representative Jomon Chakkalakkal, a statement by the department of justice said.
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.
During the plea, the company admitted to recruiting multiple Information Technology workers from India and falsely procuring H-1B visas for them to enter and work in the US.
“Specifically, in this bench and switch scheme, the company would file documents with the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) containing fraudulent statements about the availability of work at third-party national employers," the statement said.
“Cloudgen would then submit forged contracts stating each third-party company had a job for the individual Indian national. Next, based on those false documents, Cloudgen would submit paperwork to get an H-1B worker’s visa for the Indian nationals. When granted, they would use that visa to allow the Indian nationals to enter the United States," said the department in its statement.
However, because the jobs were fake, they were housed in different locations across the country while Cloudgen obtained other employment for them.
Such action gave Cloudgen a competitive advantage by having a steady “bench" or supply of visa-ready workers to send to different employers based on market needs when the true process actually takes some time.