Do US consular officers in India take bribe to offer visas to big Indian companies?
This was an interesting question that came from an online forum recently. The person adds: “The reason for question is that I have seen some third party individuals claiming that “their” company has setting with the consular officers and hence higher acceptance rate etc.”
Here is the response from our editor, Mohan
Are US State department and embassy officials corruptible? Sadly, yes they too are humans as these news articles indicate [USA Today: State Department official indicted on bribery charge | ABC News: Embassy Officer Admits Taking $3M in Bribes for Visas ]
With this backdrop, here is the fact: These cases of corruption are too few and far between to be statistically relevant. The U.S immigration system and State Department have sufficient checks-and-balances to quickly identify bad-apples and make sure justice prevails.
Think; if there were allegations of ‘big Indian companies’ bribing US consular officers, Wouldn’t Mr. Trump have already tweeted about it?
Here is how the process works at top companies that apply for H1 visas — e.g Infosys, Wipro, TCS, Accenture, IBM etc
- These companies have extremely strong ‘visa departments’ with efficient processes and people. The visa department representatives work with line managers and applicants to ensure the right paperwork is submitted accurately, with the right references, supporting letters, credentials etc.
- The visa-departments and their consultants continually seek the latest updates on visa processing from embassies and consulates, and are quick to update their processes when new requirements are identified.
- Visa departments also have a closed-loop with candidates to ensure they learn from success, and a few rejections.
- Visa departments also work with line managers to plan ‘demand’ for resources, especially timed around the ‘H1 Visa’ lottery filing deadlines. These steps ensure an extremely low rate of rejection of visas (compared to rest of the applicant pool).
Hard, grunt work at a large scale is the secret of success, and not ‘corruption’ or ‘bribery’
How do I know? I experienced the efficiencies of Visa Department @Infosys many years ago.
Originally published at blog.garamchai.com on July 26, 2017.