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A report released recently by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services reveals that 13 percent of petitions filed for H-1B visas on behalf of employers are fraudulent. Another 8 percent contain some sort of technical violations.
The study, released to members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, marks the first time the agency, part of the Homeland Security Dept., has documented systematic problems with the controversial program. Technology companies, in particular, have come to rely on the H-1B visa program to bring in skilled foreign workers to fill jobs that employers claim can't be filled with U.S. candidates. Tech companies like Oracle, Microsoft and Google have pushed to get more visas, claiming that a shortage of skilled workers is hampering U.S. competitiveness.
Source: Business Week
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