Friday, April 20, 2007

US eyes fraud in religious visa programs

The USCIS is investigating churches to clamp down on fraud in the visa program. It wants to tighten the regulations for religious worker visas after it discovered that one third of the applications were fraudulent. The review found that many of the churches that were supposed to be sponsoring the immigrants did not exist.
This incident exemplifies the need for the change in immigration laws. If people are going to use churches and religious organizations in order to bend the rules, something is definitely wrong and every area must be inspected. While the USCIS's action might help this problem, more needs to be addressed.


Anna M said...

One third of the applications were fraudalent? I'm wondering what percentage of the applicants that were actually approved were fraudalent. I would hope that in the selection process the fact that they were not real would be discovered and most of these would be screened out. From the government side, officers should investigate thoroughly as much information in the application as possible. They should be able to identify when an applicantion is fraudalent. But can we really control the number of false claims in applications? I mean, we can control and improve our screening process and how we approve of applications, but people who want to come into the United States and will do and say anything to try to come is not really in our control. The fact that so many people want to come into the United States illegaly and by false claims is not so much a problem. Of worry is the number of these who succeed.

zain said...

In the light of recent cap on H1 visa, especially the restriction on H1 visas granted to students graduating from American colleges, the fact that visa were being granted to fraudulent workers appers to be very enraging. The fact that deserving people are being forced to go through the lottery system, and religious institutions are exploiting the immigration processes requires a revision of the current visa policies. On the one hand, a student cannot get into a good business school without the work experience of atleast 2 years, on the other hand, the cap on H1 visa will allow only 1 in 3 people to obtain the relevant work authorization. The outcome: most of the deserving international students cannot attend the prestigious business schools in the United States even though they have excellent academic records.
Can anyone tell me, is it a new face of discrimination?

John Ryan said...

I don't want to get into too much of a fiery conversation, but I do not believe it would be a new form of discrimination. American students with prestigious academic records struggle to get into the exact same business schools and colleges. I don't believe it is a form of discrimination as it is a testament to the academic institution. If everyone wants to go to Yale or Harvard and there aren't enough spots, it is not a matter of discriminating against people from another country as it is that they cannot fit anyone else into their school. The schools want to be as racially and ethnically diverse as possible. Therefore, it would not be a positive for that college or business program to stop the flow of international students into it. So, no I do not believe this is a new form of discrimination. But as we have all talked about in class, people want to come to the United States for a better life and our current system of immigration etc. is not getting the job done. Our system needs to be modified so all people, Americans and potential immigrants, can succeed and prosper in this country.