An Indo-American owned IT firm has been fined for H-1B Visa breach. Cloudwick Technologies Inc in California has been asked to pay 173, 044 $ as salaries to 12 of its overseas employees. Most of these workers are from India. These were paid wages well lesser than the slabs mandated under the H-1B program.
The Department of Hour Division and Labor Wage in the US had carried out the investigations. It found that a few of the employees of the firm from India were employed under conditions of H-1B visa breach. They were promised wages of 8,300 $ monthly while actually being paid just 800$ per month, as quoted by the Times of India.
Cloudwick Technologies Inc is based out of California – Newark in the renowned Silicon Valley. The website of the company states that the Founder and CEO of the firm is Indo-American Mani Chhabra.
The investigations revealed that the firm paid affected workers well lesser than the salary levels mandated by the H-1B program. This is based on the skill level of the job, said District Director of Wage and Hour Division Susana Blanco. The firm also made unlawful deductions from the salaries of the workers, added Blanco.
H-1B Visa permits US firms to hire overseas employees in specialty jobs that require technical or academic expertise. It is a non-immigrant visa. The Tech firms in the US rely on this program to recruit 10s of 1000s of workers yearly from countries such as China and India.
Y-Axis Immigration Expert Vasanta Jaganthan said that we do not deal with fake documents. Y-Axis has in place checks and audits to evade the same. We never take up the case if the documents are fake, added Vasanta Jaganthan.
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