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September 14, 2020Newark, NJ, United StatesLabor Exploitation

Savantis Solutions to pay $345,000 to resolve allegations concerning immigration and labor violations

ICE investigates company that utilized the H-1B visa program with intent to pay lower wages

NEWARK – Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, announced an order against Savantis Solutions to pay $345,000 to resolve allegations concerning immigration violations and department of labor regulations.

Savantis Solutions, LLC, (formerly Vedicsoft Solutions, LLC and Vedicsoft Holdings, LLC) an Edison, New Jersey based corporation involved in consulting, technology and staffing, utilizing primarily foreign nationals in the United States pursuant to H1-B visas, agreed to resolve allegations that the company violated immigration and employment regulations concerning continuous employment and wage requirements. After investigation the United States contended that from January 2014 through June 2018, many of Savantis’s H-1B workers were not paid the required wage in regular intervals at the required wage rate throughout their period of employment. Savantis further failed to properly pay many of its H-1B workers in conformance with their applications to the federal government and federal regulations. The United States also contended that Savantis improperly recruited H-1B workers by requesting said H-1B workers provide security deposits to Savantis prior to Savantis submitting their H-1B cap lottery applications.

The resolution requires the company to pay $345,365.16 in restitution which will be used to pay back wages plus interest to employees and former employees of the company. Savantis cooperated in the investigation of the matter and undertook compliance efforts in response. Pursuant to the agreement, the company is also required to hire an outside law firm to serve as a monitor to ensure ongoing and continued compliance with the relevant rules and regulations for the next three years.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Dauenheimer, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Attorney's Office Government Fraud Unit in Newark.