Brooklyn Immigration Lawyer Charged with Visa Fraud

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A criminal complaint unsealed on Thursday in Brooklyn federal court described how a Brooklyn immigration attorney and her paralegal assistant had filed false documents and lied to help clients obtain H-1B visas.
Immigration fraud exposed

The attorney, Anna Tsirlina and her paralegal Aleksandr Shusterman have been arrested. A person named Andrei Kurakin was also arrested as he used to convince clients and refer them to Anna.

On Thursday, all three pleaded not guilty during their arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan Azrack. All three accused were released on bond.

H-1B visas used to hire temporary foreign workers have stringent requirements. Prospective employers need to file documents with related federal agencies furnishing all particulars including duration of employment, rate of pay, and the job role and function etcetera, for which a foreign national is being hired. Usually H-1B visas are issued for specialty occupation for which there is a shortage of skilled personnel within the country.

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