Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Immigration Law

Contact: Mary E. Pivec, ESQ.; Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)

Infosys Limited’s recent $34 million settlement with the U.S. Government resolved the threat of criminal charges against the company based on allegations of visa fraud. During the course of the investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited the company’s Form I-9 files and reported that more than 80% of the company’s Forms I-9 contained “substantive” errors meriting civil money penalties. Using the company’s reported U.S. headcount and turnover rate, this translates to roughly over 13,500 violations and total potential civil money penalties of over $12.6 M at a base penalty rate of $935 per violation according to the ICE fine-setting matrix.

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Contact: Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP (Ontario, Canada)

On November 9, 2013, Citizenship and Immigration Minister, Chris Alexander, announced significant changes to the Canadian Experience Class (“CEC”). Citizenship and Immigration Canada (“CIC”) will now impose a total annual cap on the number of new CEC applications that it accepts and introduce limits on the number of applications that may be accepted in certain occupations. In addition, CIC will change the timing of when language ability is assessed.

Read more: CIC Announces Changes to the Canadian Experience Class

Contact: Caroline Flaig; Clarkslegal LLP (Reading, England)

You may deal with immigration issues in your business. The Government has announced that a consultation process will be undertaken about immigration fees and charges. The consultation started on 12 November and will last for 3 weeks.

Read more: Immigration Fees

Author: Mary E. Pivec & John Staige Davis, V; Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)

On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited (“Infosys”), an Indian IT company, signed a settlement agreement with the United States in the Eastern District of Texas to resolve allegations that Infosys knowingly presented to employees of the United States false and fraudulent claims for property or approval in violation of the federal False Claims Act (FCA) by engaging in systemic visa fraud and abuse, and that Infosys otherwise failed to comply with the employment verification provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Read more: Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims...

Contact: Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (San Antonio, Texas, USA) 

On October 17, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that E-Verify has resumed operations following resolution of the federal government shutdown.

Read more: USCIS Guidance on E-Verify Issues Post Resolution of Federal Government Shutdown