Does the US government do background checks on your education when issuing work visas?
September 28, 2012 8:33 AM Subscribe
I lied on my CV. Does the US government do background checks on your education when issuing work visas?
posted by anonymous to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Blah. Okay, so I was laid off from my job two years ago. I had quite a bit of trouble finding a new job and had a mounting pile of financial obligations, so out of desperation, I took some bad advice and exaggerated about my education on my CV (I said I graduated from a technical program, when in reality, I only finished one year of the three year program.). Then I got the job. Yay!
I don't have a job which requires any sort of professional designation. In fact, many people who do the same work as I do, don't have any formal training on the subject. In the two years that I've been here, I've received two promotions and am one of the highest performing employees. In other words, despite having lied about my education, I have the appropriate skills to do the job and I'm damn good. Not to mention the fact that I work in a niche sector and there just aren't very many of people like me to go around.
.... which had led me to this point, where I have an opportunity to help out other hubs in the USA (I am Canadian). This is great and all, but now I'm worried that the process of applying for a work visa might bring my exaggerated education to the surface.
I know, I know. I never should have said I finished that three year program to begin with, but I was in a bad place financially, and what's done is done. I realize now that they probably would have hired me if I hadn't lied at all. Despite the fact that my company adores me and I am excellent at my job, I don't think they would take it too kindly if I were to come clean now... so that option is off the table. My other option (and maybe only option?) is that I keep refusing to be sent out of the country. However, we have a lot of people charging to overhead right now and they want to shuffle around the talent within the company before they even consider laying people off. Another option, which would be much more feasible if my industry were booming right now, is to just find another job and this time be 100% honest. The job market, however, isn't too promising right now.
So I come to the hive mind. Does anyone know what the work visa process looks like from the government's perspective? Specifically the US government? I know that on our company's end, we provide CV's for the person traveling, as well as the person responsible for said person, at the destination office. Included is also a letter from the company outlining the work mandate. I am generally of the "don't fuck with the government" school of thought, but was wondering if anyone knew if they actually back checked your credentials to see if they check out, or if a letter of intent from the company and basic things like citizenship and criminal record are the only real important things. If they did a background check and saw that it didn't add up, would they just deny my visa (and potentially make it difficult if not impossible to enter the US in the future... for work? or in general?), or would they alert my company as well?
Like I said, I am not lying about having a professional degree or even having any special certification. My job does not require any specific type of training. The lie was that I completed a three year program of technical school, when I only did one year, and the program is only loosely related to my current field, anyway - and many of my peers have been hired without any such qualifications at all! As far as I know, my not having this diploma doesn't represent any liability for my company legally, only that they hired a "liar" (who has only ever lied about this!).
Does anyone have any insight? Please no lectures about lying, and I have already considered the possible consequences if my company finds out on their own, separate of a visa application gone bad, so we don't really need to discuss that either.
Thanks in advance!