Thursday, October 6, 2022

Visa Switcheroo

The owner of a North Dakota firm that purported to help employers find employees under temporary visa programs pleaded guilty to immigration fraud in November 2019. Catherina Knecht (also known as Catherina Rheeder), owner of Liberty Immigrations & Visas, fraudulently obtained visas for foreign...

Typical Fraudster

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website states that the H-1B Visa program allows U.S. companies to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in a specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations tend to be...

Love Triangle

Today’s fraudster from Tamuning, Guam must have trusted his American friend implicitly. He convinced said “friend” to marry his girlfriend so she could receive a permanent resident card. (She was unlawfully present in the United States under the Guam Visa Waiver Program, which was...

The Price of Citizenship

The going rate for American Citizenship is $725. (This includes fees for the application and a background check.) Because the process can be a bit complex, impatient individuals seeking citizenship sometimes take a shortcut by enlisting the services of unscrupulous fraudsters who promise faster...

Family Bond

You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Today’s fraudsters – a husband and wife from Corona, California – would probably prefer to erase their family ties to a terrorist couple who shot 14 people to death in San Bernardino back...

With This Ring, I Defraud Thee

One of the easiest ways for an immigrant to become a lawful resident of the United States is to marry an American citizen. While there are many immigrants who find their true love in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the...

If U Defraud, U Go to Jail

There are two classifications of visas required to travel to the United States – one for temporary visitors and the other for immigrants. The State department reports that there are more than 20 non-immigrant visa types that allow individuals to travel to the U.S....

A Bad Dream Come True

The road to becoming a naturalized citizen is not easy. The U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has well-defined steps that spell out how to lawfully become a U.S. citizen. (For some immigrants, it can take years, a good immigration lawyer, and a lot...

That’s No Way to Treat a Guest

The United States relies upon foreign laborers to harvest many of the country's crops. The H-2A visa program helps agricultural employers fill seasonal jobs with foreign guest workers to facilitate the process. Unfortunately, an Ohio business woman abused the program and the foreign workers...

Fraudsters Need Not Apply

With the assistance of four co-conspirators, a married couple from India thought they could scam the government by applying for more than $20 million in illegal immigration benefits under the H-1B visa program, but their plan was exposed and now they are looking at...

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