Indian American Kishore Kumar Kavuru of Sunnyvale, Calif., Sentenced to 15 Months for Visa Fraud
- He falsified over 100 H-1B visa applications that earned him more than $1.5 million in fraudulently-obtained proceeds.
A California man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for making false statements in foreign worker visa applications. In addition to the sentence, Kishore Kumar Kavuru, 49, of Sunnyvale, is ordered to pay more than $500,000 in fines, and three years of supervision following his release from prison.
Kavuru pleaded guilty to one count of visa fraud on May 24. He owns, operates and was CEO of four different staffing companies which specialized in obtaining H-1B visas for foreign skilled workers and placing these individuals in the U.S. at technology firms seeking qualified H-1B contractors. At the four staffing companies, he owned and ran, Kavuru was responsible for creating H-1B visa applications for foreign workers and submitting them to the appropriate government agencies.
According to the plea agreement, as cited in the Department of Justice press release, Kavuru was engaged in visa fraud from 2009 to atlas 2017. During that time, he would obtain H-1B visas from government agencies by submitting fraudulent applications. He admitted to more than 100 such applications that earned him more than $1.5 million in fraudulently-obtained proceeds.
Kavuru was aware that the companies he sent the applications to did not have the named jobs and that he did not intend to place the workers at those companies. None of those foreign skilled workers were ever placed at those companies.
However, Kavuru got one of his employees to sign the visa applications attesting under penalty of perjury to the truth of those false statements. He also made the H-1B foreign skilled workers pay him thousands of dollars in cash for the cost of preparing and submitting their H-1B visa petitions, “which is a violation of U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL) regulations,” as per the DOJ. He also admitted requiring his H-1B visa recipients to go unpaid for months while he looked for legitimate H-1B positions for them.