Tech CEOs Arrested for Defrauding H1-B Visa Program

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Unsealed federal grand jury indictments name Jayavel Murugan, CEO of Dynasoft Synergy, and Syed Nawaz of Santa Clara as having filed false paperwork with the U.S. government to import foreign workers and then supply workers to American corporations.

The duo filed applications for H1-B visas that grant temporary status to foreign workers in some specialty occupations.

Between 2010 and 2016, these two never intended to hire U.S. workers.

To the government, Nawaz submitted fake “end-client letters” that gave the false impression that workers were on the job.

This is one case in a program riddled with fraud. About 85,000 of these visas are given out each year, among many different visa programs. A large number of Americans see the program as taking jobs from Americans and want the program disbanded or kept at current numbers.

Huffington Post says the program is about depressing wages.

Salaries of software engineers are basically flat. They go up about 2 percent a year. Same for new graduates. This does not support the industry’s claim of a tech labor shortage. Wages are depressed while housing prices rise and home ownership becomes more and more untenable for these workers.

The H1-B visa program also empowers age discrimination. H1-B recipients are younger and cheaper. Thirty-five is over-the-hill.

The dirty secrets are being exposed despite the deceptions of the tech industry titans. These IT jobs only require about three years experience which allows employers to tell more experienced applicants they’re overqualified. They also fill up the job description with unnecessary requirements, making Americans under qualified when it suits them.

 


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