4,600 Nonimmigrants Expected to be Deported for Using Fraudulent Experience Letters
In a recent development, 100 F-1 students, most from India, have received notification from a U.S. consulate that their visa has been revoked. A copy of an email from the Mumbai Consulate regarding visa revocation can be seen below:
According to reports, these students have used experience letters from Integra Technologies, LLC and AZTech Technologies, LLC in order to obtain the OPT, STEM Extension, or in some cases CPT work authorization. According to ICE’s website, in 2018 Integra and AZTech were 2nd and 6th, respectively, in the number of OPT and STEM Extension Students overall, even suppressing companies like Apple, Deloitte and Facebook. A copy of the list of top employers published in ICE website is below:
The link to view the top employers for OPT and STEM OPT students can be found here: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/data_Top200_EmployersSTEM_OPT_Students2018.pdf
Upon further investigation by our office, we found out that the two companies, Integra and AZTech, have the same address at 19C Trolley Square, Wilmington, Delaware -19806. This address is in a shopping strip next to a massage parlor and hair salon. It is possible that these two companies have never used this address as its physical location. In addition, we have found that these two companies have charged money from the prospective employees for giving employment letters and in some instances, they have taken money to sign the I-983 training plan for submission to the DSO in order to obtain the I-120 so that students can file for their STEM extension.
Update: June 17th, 2020 - There is a third company name Aandwill LLC - website www.andwill.us which has the same physical address as Integra & Aztech. People who have used this companies experience letters also have started getting emails from the US Consulate that their visa is revoked- According to our information Andwill LLC stated issuing letters in 2019.
A copy of the letterhead by Integra and AZTech showing the same address is below:
The websites for both companies are not operational at this time. However, an internet archived page has been found. Below is a screenshot of Integra’s “About Us” page from March 26, 2018:
Further, below is a screenshot of an archive of AZTech’s website from August 12, 2018. Notice that the wording is the exact same as Integra’s website, above:
Our office first came to the attention of these companies in March 2020 when two students who previously used employment offer letters from either of these companies and obtained OPT or the STEM extension were put in expedited removal proceedings upon entering the U.S. Both students were working for different companies at the time, but were deported for using the experience letter from Integra or AZTech in the past. One determination of inadmissibility specifically stated that the student “partook in fraudulent OPT with known company Integra Technologies LLC.” A copy of the Notice and Order of Expedited Removal is below:
Finally, our investigation led us to another company by the name of Wireclass where the students may have used their service in obtaining employment letters with Integra and AZTech. Below you will find an email encouraging students to get the fraudulent letters of employment from Wireclass:
The website of Wireclass is no longer operational, however the internet archive of Wireclass’s previous website shows the same address of Integra and AZTech as 19C Trolley Square, Wilmington, Delaware 19806. Further, you might come to recognize the wording stated on Wireclass’s “About Us” page:
As stated in our initial article regarding these findings, please remember that if a false employment offer letter was used, and a visa has been revoked at a later date due to the false employment offer letter, it is possible that there could be a finding of fraud or misrepresentation associated with the visa application. Upon the finding of fraud or misrepresentation in this context may lead the applicant to be found inadmissible and permanently barred from entering the U.S. There is a possibility of a waiver of inadmissibility, such as when the applicant demonstrates that a U.S. citizen or lawful performance resident spouse or parent would face extreme hardship if the applicant is removed from or denied a visa to enter the U.S. However, these types of extreme hardship waivers are available under limited circumstances and are warranted as a matter of discretion.
If you have any questions regarding the consequences of a finding of fraud or misrepresentation with regards to your visa application, speak to a qualified immigration attorney.
By: Rahul Reddy
Rahul is the founding partner of Reddy & Neumann P.C. His practice covers employment-based immigration, in which he represents corporate clients in far-ranging industries.