Most of the desi companies are doing the same stuff . This is the time to wash out those scrap companies.
Put all your information or victim companies here ...start gandhigiri to clean the IT in USA.
Visa Fraud Sparks Arrests Nationwide
An ongoing federal probe into H-1B visa fraud leads to 11 arrests and the indictment of IT services firm Vision Systems Group
By Moira Herbst
Immigration Fight: Tech vs. Tech
Are H-1B Visa Workers Getting Bilked?
High Rate of H-1B Visa Fraud
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linkedin connections The controversy over the H-1B visa program for highly skilled workers is heating up once again. Federal agents detained 11 people in six states as part of a wide investigation into suspected visa fraud, the U.S. Attorney's office in Iowa announced on Feb. 12, a day after the arrests. Those arrested are accused of fraudulently representing themselves or other workers in immigration documents.
Besides the arrests, Vision Systems Group, an IT services firm based in South Plainfield, N.J., with a branch office in Coon Rapids, Iowa, was indicted on 10 federal counts, including conspiracy and mail fraud charges. The firm allegedly used fraudulent documents to bring H-1B visa workers into the U.S. The government is seeking the forfeiture of $7.4 million from Vision Systems that was gained through the alleged offenses. Five other technology companies, including Worldwide Software Services and Sana Systems in Clinton, Iowa, remain under investigation for document fraud, prosecutors said. "We are only at the tip of iceberg as to where this [investigation] leads, " said Matthew G. Whitaker, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. "We have a ways to go and more [fraud] to uncover."
Representatives of Vision Systems, Worldwide Software, and Sana Systems could not be reached for comment after business hours on Feb. 12. Whitaker declined to identify the other three companies being investigated.
H-1B Program Under Scrutiny
The coordinated, nationwide enforcement effort began 18 months ago and continues, officials said. It is the first to specifically address fraud in the H-1B visa system, which critics say brings lower-cost tech workers into the U.S., displacing American workers.
As unemployment rises in the U.S., the H-1B program is drawing scrutiny for its potential effects on U.S. jobs. In October the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) released a report showing rampant fraud in the H-1B visa program. At the same time, critics say that outsourcing firms, including Infosys Technologies (INFY) and Wipro (WIT), use H-1B visas to replace U.S. employees with cheaper workers from abroad, often cycling overseas staff through U.S. training programs before sending them back home to perform such jobs.
Large U.S. tech companies such as Oracle (ORCL) and Microsoft (MSFT), which want to raise the annual limits on H-1B visas, are seeking to differentiate themselves from firms that commit fraud. Bill Kamela, director of policy counsel for Microsoft, told BusinessWeek in January that the company has been working with USCIS to ensure the program is free of fraud and abuse.
Allegations of Displacing U.S. Workers
The fraud identified in the Feb. 12 announcement echoes patterns outlined in the October USCIS report. Specifically, Vision Systems Group is accused of filing petition requests with the government showing the H-1B visa workers would be employed in Iowa to take advantage of lower requirements for wage rates. But the workers were allegedly placed in locations on the East and West coasts. Whitaker says that by doing so, the company "dislocated and displaced United States workers that could have done those jobs."
In other cases uncovered in the investigation, foreign workers have allegedly been placed in jobs and locations not previously certified by the Labor Dept., displacing qualified American workers and violating prevailing wage laws. The companies and foreign workers allegedly submitted false statements and documents to state and federal agencies supporting their visa petitions.
The operation was conducted by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in Iowa, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and New Jersey.
Herbst is a reporter for BusinessWeek in New York.
Vision Systems group - BlacklistedVision Systems Group is blacked and raided by various US Federal Agencies for fraud in H1B visas. They have leaked many innocent H1B visa holders Social Security Numbers for illegal use. Below are the articles on ICE website and many newspaper such as livemint and ibnlive.com
Vision Systems Group
the MAIN PROBLEM is hardly identified by the INS. EXPERIENCE is always as asset but is subjective . Hence a person A who has been really been working in Mainframe but just as an operator, will garnish his resume as if he owned the place and cut the ribbons there . Something like 10 years experience. Person B who has had no experience at all and is attempting that work for the 1st time, given an opportunity could develop a better insight and be more productive. So HOW do you distinguish between the 2 ? Certification exams DO HELP ...but, these being propriety are not always intended as a means of accurate assessment ..well MOST of them are... with the exception of Microsoft Exams. So resume marketing techniques cannot be always attributed to those who use them in a risky manner, but rather, they are the logical outcome of a system that creates these situations where they have to be used to fill in the urgent requirement gap. Yet I believe this kind of situational abuse CAN be minimized or even removed if there is a H1 Visa Aptitude Test, that has a verbal component, Logical reasoning component similar to GRE and in addition will access your knowledge in your H1 IT sub-specialty. I would LOVE this kind of healthy competition.
Since most of these skills need detail technical knowledge and thinking these tests can be given in native languages of most of the takers followed by a core English communication test similar to TOEFL the standards of which are pragmatically determined, as a lot of work being done is essentially technically oriented. Also our previous educational background should have NOTHING to do as an asset to H1 qualification, as this kind of exam should be able to 'measure' us in and out.
So you can be 10th pass and if you have an excellent score in the aptitude test, your in. That will not only identify you in timely manner as an asset, but it will stir up real competition and the earlier your exposed practially to various life cycle development, better you are at envisoning solutions at a later point of time with the 'real experience' . That will 'fast foward' everything.
If it takes money, to perform such as assessment, its worth it. This will also reduce the overflowing number of H1 applications and people who deserve to be where they should be would be so .Especially it will, reduce the category of those people who are unproductive manipulators, trying to use some influence & recommendations within their community & within their friend circles projects to get projects. I have seen a section of these type who instead of being resourceful on their work will try outsource it offshore or to their friends, while they move around like rats, trying not to get noticed and choose to go 'maintenance mode' most times.
There SHOULD also be a GC Aptitude test that assesses your overall integrity, and resourcefulness to be a permanent resident of US. As President JFK said " As not what your country can do for you but ask what you can do for your country" .Especially so when the queue for GC's is so badly retrogressed, it does not harm giving a carrot, that if you perform within the top 5 Percentile of this exam, your position gets advanced some 5 years, while the rest keep waiting.
This kinda of approach WILL really put things where they should be.
Also there is another factor of endless client requirements that actually 'creates' this kind of resume marketing. The client or the 'business' within a company has no realistic idea, as to how much time it could take or whether all these resources can be availed in 1 person . Here is an analogy I drew up :
( Client : Typically a BA, B Com with MBA .
IT resource : B or M in Engg or something similar and more than likely another Desi or that "Brilliant" Cap 1 manager. )
Client : "can you play the guitar "
IT resource " ...ah yes I did play it when I was 5 years old...began all the way back then..."
Client " Ok. Fine. What about Bongo ..have you ever played the bongo ?" ...
IT resource " oh yes that is simple to play...whenever my friends took me to parties...I would love to show off my Bongo "
Client "and ...Drums ... ?"
IT resource " oh that is one of the simplest things to play around ...I was the in the school band "...
Client "flutes ...? "
IT resource "oh that is manageable too "
Client "Not bad..eh... !!"
Client " Oh good...now you have the stuff that most others like you would have ( so all that comes standard ) but really ...we are looking for a person...who can also do a bit of cheer leading...once a week alternating with some karate training...now is that something you would be comfortable with ? "
IT resource "Oh ..my 1st sweetheart was a cheerleader...and I stayed in Bronx...so had learn some self defense in terms of karate ..so there you go "
Client "Well ...I think, we can bring you in...now ...I would like you explain you what you'd be doing in the project...blah...blah...and you know...for that ...you would have to play the bongo with 1 hand, guitar with the other hand, two drums ...1 leg on each...and then the flute ...of course we will help you out by putting in your mouth initially for you...and dont forget the cheer leading and karate training...so what do you think..."
IT resource "Definitely ...worth a try...so when do you plan to start..?"
NOW the realistic part of the story...these situation do occur...but unfortunately ...those IT folks actually have to work within those time constraints and skills matrix ...to make it all happen with all the sweat ...after they had said yes to all the above ..there is NO scope for ..not done...and what really makes it poss ...besides the tech skills and abilities is the sheer hard work and diligence...
correction...I referred ...to
Client :Typically a BA, B Com with MBA and more than likely another Desi or that "Brilliant" Cap 1 manager.
IT resource : B or M in Engg or something similar