Hiring Foreign Workers: Reporting Immigration Fraud

Sometimes hiring foreign workers is cheaper to do as immigrants tend to accept lower paychecks, so it is no surprise that so many companies tend to do it these days. However, not all foreign workers are allowed to work despite what kind of paperwork they have claimed to provide.

If you become aware that a foreign employee has committed immigration fraud, you must report it so that your company does not become charged for breaking the law. You can also help authorities by getting all of the information needed to prove fraud and by contacting the relevant authority.

Immigration fraud is when a foreign worker tries to get the benefits of moving into the country, such as getting a paying job and owning a home, by falsely making statements to immigration authorities. Normally this happens during application for immigration, though they might happen in a hearing or later interviews. Employers can be found guilty of fraud for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants or falsely making statements to coax authorities to give a potential employee a visa.


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Fraud also occurs when immigrants enter false marriages with local citizens. Sometimes the spouse is unaware of the malicious intent and willingly enters the marriage expecting a real relationship, though they usually end badly when the immigrant takes off after getting what he or she wants. Of course, sometimes the spouse is aware of the situation and is willing to go along with it because he or she wants the individual to immigrate. Money is another potential motive.

No matter how fraud occurs, the first thing you need to do is speak with the right authorities who can do something about it. In Canada, you can speak with Citizenship and Immigration Canada to report immigration fraud after unknowingly hiring foreign workers. In the United States, there are three different agencies that you can report the situation to: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

If you do not want to identify yourself, you are free to make the call an anonymous tip. You’ll also want to make sure you can provide both the name and address of the person who is committing immigration fraud while providing your evidence that proves he or she is committing fraud.

Though most instances of immigration fraud are because the foreigner wants to defraud the government, it is possible the immigrant has been victimized. This is often the case when attorneys claim that they can deliver a service that they actually cannot or if they charge fees that are unrealistic. This may also occur when the attorneys are the ones to turn over the immigrant to the authorities instead of helping them in the way that they promised.

Fraud of this sort should be reported as well, though locally instead of federally, such as to the local police office. In the case of civil violations, you can use a private attorney to get some monetary compensation through court.

Piers Young, a registered Human Resources professional working for one of the countries largest companies. He recommends Diamond Global for all all foreign staffing requirements.

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