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Man gets 10 months’ prison for fake H-2B temporary work visas

June 10, 2019

An Orlando, Florida man was sentenced to 10 months in prison for visa fraud, US Citizenship and Immigration Services reported. Marvin Mushia Smith used fake temporary employment contracts as supporting evidence for H-2B visa petitions, according to the USCIS. Smith claimed to have had labor contracts with hotels, construction firms and landscaping business for temporary work in the US.

H-2B visas are used to bring temporary nonagricultural workers to the US. The number of such visas are capped at 66,000 per year.

From Dec. 16, 2014, through March 15, 2018, Smith filed fraudulent labor certification packages and fraudulent immigration petitions, according to the USCIS, which resulted in the admission of more than 300 workers from Jamaica.

Law enforcement interviewed several of the H-2B workers, who said they had worked at different job sites and performed different duties than those indicated on the petitions, according to the USCIS.

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