By: Bruce Buchanan, Sebelist Buchanan Law

Kishore Kumar Kavuru of Sunnyvale, California received a 15-month sentence and ordered to pay more than $500,000 after pleading guilty to a H-1B visa fraud scam.

Prosecutors said that Kavuru was the owner, operator, and CEO of four different staffing companies that claimed to specialize in obtaining H-1B visas for skilled foreign workers and placing them in tech companies. In his plea agreement, Kavuru admitted to submitting more than 100 H-1B visa applications that falsely described available job positions and falsely stated the workers were to be placed at those companies. He also admitted that he required workers seeking visas to pay him thousands of dollars to prepare and submit their applications, which is against the law under Department of Labor (DOL)regulations. Additionally, prosecutors said Kavuru violated DOL regulations by telling H-1B visa recipients to go unpaid for months while he looked for legitimate H-1B positions for them.

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