Addressing the Rise of Fake Greencards and EADs in IT Hiring

November 1, 2023
Addressing the Rise of Fake Greencards and EADs in IT Hiring In recent times, there has been a disconcerting surge in the submission of counterfeit Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) as part of job applications in the IT industry. This concerning trend is not only harming the credibility of the industry but also causing legal and ethical complications. In this article, we shed light on the issue and discuss the importance of vigilance and ethical hiring practices. The Challenge of Fake Documents An alarming report reveals that over 50% of the resumes submitted by job seekers in response to our clients' job postings contain either fake Green Cards or EADs. This issue primarily arises when employers seek third-party resources from other companies to place at their end-clients. Many of these job seekers happen to be students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Curricular Practical Training (CPT). With layoffs impacting the IT industry, there's an influx of qualified and experienced candidates in the job market, making it challenging for employers with less experienced students to secure projects. In response to this predicament, some employers and students resort to the illegal practice of forging Green Cards and EADs while inflating their resumes. Understanding the Consequences These students, typically in their early twenties or thirties, face the reality that obtaining a Green Card through legal channels may take years, if not decades, based on their country of origin. However, the consequences of forging federal documents are severe. Such actions can lead to fines, imprisonment ranging from 5 to 20 years, and damage to one's professional and personal reputation. Companies involved in these illegal activities, especially those financially benefiting from them, face even more severe penalties. The Role of Employers For employers in the IT industry receiving resumes and identification documents from third-party companies, it is vital to verify the authenticity of the received documents. When a passport is submitted, it's essential to cross-reference it with the I-94 and the candidate's travel history. Any discrepancies, particularly in visa status or recent entries into the country, should raise red flags. Look for imperfections in the documents, conduct thorough background checks, and inform candidates about the severe consequences of document forgery. An applicant withdrawing their application upon hearing this warning may indicate the presence of fake documents. Submitting unverified candidates can lead to business losses and potential lawsuits from end clients, with contracts being canceled as a result, resulting in substantial financial losses. The Importance of Reporting Every company that encounters such fake identification documents should promptly report these incidents to state and federal authorities. Reporting is the most effective way to combat these criminal activities by certain individuals and companies. It is crucial for everyone in the industry facing this issue to take affirmative action against it to prevent wide-reaching consequences, including a negative impact on skilled professionals, legal compliance, and damage to the industry's reputation. Conclusion Addressing the issue of fake Greencards and EADs in IT hiring requires vigilance, ethical hiring practices, and reporting of fraudulent activities. As professionals in the IT industry and as lawyers, it is our responsibility to maintain the integrity of the sector, uphold ethical standards, and ensure fair and honest hiring practices. By doing so, we can preserve the industry's reputation and contribute to its continued growth and success. Report to the authorities using the below information. ICE: USCIS: State Authorities: Also, it is important that you report to your local police department.  Call your local precinct.   Thomas V. Allen, Esq. Attorney-At-Law

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