Andhra origin techies charged with H1-B visa fraud in the US
The US government has charged visa fraud case against three Indian-origin consultants for allegedly submitting fraudulent applications for H-1B visas to gain an advantage over competing firms. Kishore Dattapuram(49), of Santa Clara, Kumar Aswapathi(49), of Austin, Texas, and Santosh Giri(42), of San Jose, were faced with charges last month by the federal grand jury.
The trio is said to be operating Nanosemantics, Inc, a Santa Clara-based consulting luring workers at software and technology companies in the Bay Area. They worked together to submit fraudulent H-1B visa applications on behalf of foreign workers.
The H-1B visa program which allows the foreign workers to obtain temporary authorisation to live and work for employers in the United States needs the respective candidate to submit an 'I-129' petition to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. After which the associated documentation must confirm the existence and duration of the job waiting for the worker, and describe key details including the wages associated with the position.
On this note, many of the I-129 petitions submitted by defendants stated that the trio had promised them with jobs at designated companies while the truth is that the jobs did not exist. It was also revealed that the trio has sought the cooperation of third parties to conceal their fraud who is now charged with one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud and ten counts of substantive visa fraud.
Confered before Judge Edward J Davila, US District Judge, the defendants are next scheduled to appear on May 13, 2019.