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State Dept. Report Highlights Fraud Statistics from US Consulates in India

July 24, 2011

A report from the U.S. Department of State sheds light into the fraudulent activities by applicants at U.S. Consulates in India.  Key statistics from Fiscal Year 2008:

Total Non-Immigrant Visa Applications: In excess of 756,000

States with more fraudulent cases than others: Gujarat and Punjab

Total Non-Immigrant Fraud cases: 3596 (Chennai: 1237, Mumbai: 809, Hyderabad: 523, Kolkata: 78, and New Delhi: 949)

Chennai and Hyderabad Consulate Fraud cases: Primarily from Andhra Pradesh.

B1/B2: Peak region with most fraudulent documents – Hyderabad (Documents include false passport copies of relatives, fake document packages, bogus financial documents, and affidavits of support).

H-1B Fraud: Of the 150 companies investigated, 77% of them turned out to be fraudulent or highly suspect.

F-1 visas: Even legitimate F-1 applicants are drawn into “visa agencies” duping them with preparation of false financial documents among other papers.

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