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DOL targets work visa fraud

After a “thorough review” of US foreign worker visa programs, such as the H-1B visa program, the Department of Labor is taking action to confront fraud and abuse, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced Tuesday.

Acosta instructed the department to enforce vigorously all laws within its jurisdiction governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs, including:

The DOL will also continue to work with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to further investigate and detect visa program fraud and abuse.

“Entities who engage in visa program fraud and abuse are breaking our laws and are harming American workers, negatively affecting Americans’ ability to provide for themselves and their families,” Acosta said. “We will enforce vigorously those laws, including heightened use of criminal referrals.”