“Trump Administration’s H-1B Visa Fraud Hotline Received More Than 5,000 Tips in One Year”

5/31/2018
Newsweek


“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received, as of May 21, more than 5,000 tips reporting H-1B visa fraud and abuse through an email helpline set up under the Trump administration…

“The email address…was set up by the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS)…after President Donald Trump signed his ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order last year. 

“It was announced by USCIS as one of several ‘measures to detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse’ in a press release sent out on April 3, 2017.

“…The email helpline was set up to allow ‘individuals (including both American workers and H-1B workers who suspect they or others may be the victim of H-1B fraud or abuse) to submit tips, alleged violations and other relevant information about potential H-1B fraud or abuse,’ USCIS has said. 

“…In addition to rolling out the email hotline, USCIS also announced that the agency would be taking a ‘more targeted approach’ while making site visits across the country to H-1B petitioners and the work sites of H-1B employees… 

“…The agency also vowed to investigate H-1B-dependent employers who have a high ratio of H-1B workers compared to U.S. workers, as well as employers petitioning for H-1B workers who work at off-site locations. 

“…USCIS says it refers many cases of suspected fraud or abuse to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for further investigation. It is unclear how many of those referrals result in ICE investigations.”

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