Saturday, April 9, 2016

Arrests in Student-Visa Fraud Investigation

Federal agents say 21 people allowed foreigners to enter U.S. as students and go to work instead
In a major crackdown on immigration fraud, federal agents on Tuesday arrested 21 individuals in several states who they say illegally provided more than 1,000 foreigners with student visas in a scheme to land many of them high-paying technology jobs.
The defendants allegedly operated companies that purported to recruit international students for a U.S. school. But the school didn’t exist, and the would-be students took jobs, violating the terms of their visas, investigators said.
Through various recruiting companies and business entities in New Jersey, California, Illinois, New York and Virginia, the defendants enabled the foreigners to remain in the U.S. on the false pretense that they continued to participate in full courses of study at the university, a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office said.
The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, which announced the arrests, didn’t name the U.S. companies that hired the workers.
Some of the defendants were scheduled to appear in a Newark federal court on Tuesday, and were charged with conspiracy to commit visa fraud, money laundering and other immigration offenses, U.S. authorities said.
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