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Federal authorities, with support from state level and local law enforcement, served search warrants at addresses in Urbandale and Clive, Iowa; in Santa Clara, Rancho Cucamonga and Arcadia, Calif.; and in South Plainfield, N.J.

The investigation involves firms that sponsor mostly H-1B non-immigrants, or temporary laborers in specialty occupations that demand special skills. The businesses that happen to be the subject of this specific investigation have asserted that the foreign workers have been brought to the U.S. to fill current openings. However, the companies allegedly have not always had work available for these workers, thereby putting them in non-pay status soon after they arrive in the United States. In some instances, the foreign workers have allegedly been placed in positions and locations not previously authorized by the Department of Labor, displacing qualified American workers and violating prevailing wage laws. The companies and foreign workers have allegedly submitted false statements and documents in support of their visa petitions. The false statements and documents were sent by mail or wired to state level and federal government agencies in support of the visa applications. The companies are suspected of visa fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

U.S. firms utilize H-1B visas to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical skills in specific job areas, such as scientists, engineers, or computer programmers. As part of the H-1B program, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) require U.S. employers to fulfill certain labor conditions to ensure that American workers are not negatively impacted, while the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division safeguards the treatment and compensation of H-1B personnel. Congress sets a numerical limit for the admission of skilled workers into the U.S. The present H-1B cap is set at 65,000 per fiscal year. H-1B aliens may work in the United States for three years, with an option for an additional three years (for a maximum of six years).

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