H1-B visas: Varsities to help check fraud

BANGALORE May 29. An aspiring H1-B visa applicant working for a leading Bangalore-based software firm produced false certificates supposedly issued by Gulbarga University. When queried about the authenticity of the documents, the software engineer skipped town.

As the lucre from software jobs in the U.S. increases, fraudulent cases are also on the rise.

Since a significant number of Indian H1-B visa applicants are from the South, the American Consulate has roped in Bangalore University, Mysore University, Gulbarga University, Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), and Kuvempu University to tackle cases of fraudulent educational qualifications.

With the help of the University Degree Verification System (UDVS), the consulate would "check the authenticity of certificates suspected to be false. Since the marks and certificates are stored in the database, we will access this information to clear the applicant," said Amanda B.Cronkhite, Vice-Consul, American Consulate-General.

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