Infosys owes the Federal Government Millions for inappropriate Business Visa and I-9 Practices, But You Don’t Need to. These Guidelines will help you to Stay Compliant and Stay Legal.
Nearly everyone who works in the immigration business has now heard about Infosys’ recent legal settlement with the Department of State, Department of Homeland Security and Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District. As part of the settlement, Infosys agreed to pay $34 million to the three departments.
Infosys was charged with misuse of the business visa, LCA noncompliance and the improper I-9 form documentation of its employees. While it is refuting the first two charges, Infosys accepted responsibility for problems with its I-9 management system.
What went wrong? How did Infosys end up in this tough and costly situation and how can you ensure the same doesn’t happen to you?
Follow best practices in your business visa programs to ensure you comply fully with federal regulations.
The Federal Government slaps Infosys with $ 34 Million settlement for inappropriate Immigration and I-9 Practices
While Infosys refuted the allegations made on Misuse of the Business visa and LCA non-compliance, they have acknowledged to the US Government authorities that their I-9 practices did have loopholes resulting in them not accurately or completely documenting I-9′s for their US employees.
While the breakup of the settlement amount of USD 34 Million is not known, we believe that a substantial portion of the settlement is towards penalties imposed towards I-9 related issues.
The I-9 form management may seem simple at first glance, as we can see with the Infosys case, management of I-9 forms can pose a very serious and expensive problem to companies. Simple practices can help ensure you maintain full compliance with this U.S. federal requirement.
Obama’s DREAMers and the Changing Times for Immigrants
I came to the United States in 1990. I was a dreamer and was lucky to have an H-1B immigration status, unlike Obama’s DREAMers of today.
I was sponsored for my H-1B and then my Green Card by the Fortune 100 company I worked for. I still remember how the company’s HR department had no clue about the seriousness or complexity of the immigration process. For them, it was just another set of paperwork. They empowered me to take care of my own immigration needs. They gave me a budget. I chose my own attorney and, with him, managed my own immigration process. It took me 18 months to get my Green Card.
But oh the times have changed. Today, many HR departments get it. The U.S. government as well as advocacy groups like the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Council of International Professionals (ACIP) have done a tremendous job of educating the industry of the need and the complexity of immigration.
Don’t Just Scan This Article: The Latest News on Barcodes Straight from USCIS and INSZoom, the Immigration Case Management Software Leader
New Barcode Updates
INSZoom’s focus on always staying at the leading edge of new technology and engaging with Government agencies as it did with the USCIS on the bar coded forms, recently had a big payoff when the company was invited to participate in a stakeholder conference with USCIS. On November 6, 2013, key INSZoom immigration case management software staff and other stakeholders involved in the immigration process participated in a teleconference with USCIS to discuss issues and concerns about USCIS’ new barcode forms.
A new scheme called the Red Carpet Scheme has just been launched by Denmark for business professionals. Similar to the Orange Carpet Scheme by Netherlands, this scheme will affect multiple companies, including India. Under this scheme, executives, middle-level managers and experts who are part of Indian (or other eligible countries) companies that are registered with Denmark will be given multiple entry business visas valid through all Schengen countries.
To celebrate the festivities of Diwali, an Indian festival equivalent in fervor and spirit of Christmas, a group of us decided to go into town and have some fun. Conversation topics during the celebration ranged from family and friends to politics and what all expatriates in the U.S. love to discuss – immigration and the pitfalls of the current system.
During this discussion one of the people present (lets call him John) mentioned a call he got from someone who said he was a USCIS officer. This person knew John’s personal information as well as his immigration status.
INSZoom’s clients use the company’s E-Verify compliance software to submit requests to the federal government’s E-Verify system.
San Ramon, CA – October 22, 2013 – INSZoom.com, Inc., the leader in immigration and I-9 compliance software, today announced a series of new features for its clients whose E-Verify cases were affected by the 16-day government shutdown. The new features provide a case-by-case action to be taken to ensure compliance based on the guidelines laid down for completing the E-Verify process impacted due to the Government shutdown.
“The effects of the federal shutdown was felt across all types of companies throughout the U.S., including employers seeking to ensure compliance to federal E-Verify requirements,” said Umesh Vaidyamath, CEO – INSZoom. “INSZoom has always focused on being able to effectively pivot to address federal changes, including the government shutdown. Our software gives our clients every tool they need to effectively submit or resubmit forms and proof of documentation. We give you the tools you need to accurately manage your E-Verify process. ”
1. E-Verify Was Shut Down for 16 Days. What Do I Do Now? Attend the Webinar
13 November, 2013 @ 11 am PST
7-9 November, 2013 @ Anaheim, California
December, 2013 @ New York, NY
INSZoom.com Inc., the world’s leading immigration case management and compliance company, was presented with the Bronze Stevie® Award in the Customer Service Department of the Year category in the 11th Annual American Business Awards in Chicago, Illinois on June 17, 2013.
The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories.
Tens of thousands of immigrants receive the H-1B visa every year, but what is the path of their professional lives? Check out INSZoom’s newest infographic to better understand the Immigration lifecycle for Foreign Student through H1B.