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  • Deutsche Welle: Why few visas are issued for Africans wanting to come to Germany

    Following the refugee crisis that had many people dying on the dangerous journey to Europe, politicians promised to create more legal pathways to the bloc. These legal pathways could come in form of long-term visas. With Germany being one of the prime destinations for asylum-seekers, we evaluated how promising applications from different regions are.
  • Exploited in Paradise

    Hundreds of foreign fishermen without visas are confined to American boats for years at a time in Hawaii, due to a federal loophole that allows them to work but exempts them from most basic labor protections.
  • America’s Broken Guest Worker Program

    This three-part series examines the little-known federal H-2 visa program, revealing how it exposes tens of thousands of foreign guest workers to severe abuse and exploitation, deprives Americans of jobs that by law they are supposed to get first crack at, and makes millions of dollars for companies that take advantage of it and the government’s lax regulation. https://www.facebook.com/BuzzFeedNews/videos/1051608274860190/
  • The Khadija Project

    When RFE/OCCRP reporter Khadija Ismayilova was arrested on politically motivated charges by Azerbaijani authorities in December of 2014, she asked her colleagues to continue her work exposing corruption in Azerbaijan. The Khadija Project was started by colleagues and friends of Ismayilova to do just that. https://www.occrp.org/freekhadijaismayilova/
  • The $500,000 Green Card: The EB-5 Visa Program

    A year-long ABC News investigation focused on one of the most obscure paths to a U.S. visa and green card -- one being aggressively marketed to wealthy foreigners, and one that whistleblowers say is being exploited by criminals, spies, and possibly even terrorists. It is the story of the $500,000 Green Card -- a path to legal residency that begins with an offer by a wealthy foreign national to invest half-a-million dollars in an approved project that promises to create American jobs. http://video-cdn.abcnews.com/160106_ire_visas.mp4 http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/fullpage/500000-green-card-eb-visa-program-28662457
  • Shortcut to the American Dream

    The longstanding yet little known EB-5 visa program allows wealthy foreigners to jump to the head of the immigration line, pumping capital into real estate from Seattle to Miami, but a Herald-Tribune investigation found the program is rife with fraud and that the government has no firm handle on who's getting in – raising questions of national security.
  • Techsploitation

    Techsploitation was a yearlong investigation by The Center for Investigative Reporting that examined conditions facing foreign workers lured to the U.S. to service the back end of America’s IT infrastructure. CIR’s investigation produced multiple text stories, as well as a television investigative report, and a graphic novel-style profile of a worker trapped in his job. The stories examined the ways employers wielded extraordinary control over temporary immigrant tech workers in a system one called an “ecosystem of fear.” The investigation focused on two main areas: How labor brokers providing Indian high-tech workers to American companies gamed a professional visa program, creating a shadow world that can turn a worker’s dream of self-betterment into a financial nightmare and how porous federal oversight has allowed even labor brokers caught abusing workers to continue to thrive, even obtain federal IT contracts.
  • The da Vinci Debate

    Some 450,000 people had robot-assisted surgery in 2012, making Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci machine, one of the hottest stocks around. Hospitals across the country embrace the cutting-edge surgical device but criticism is mounting. CNBC's Herb Greenberg investigates allegations of problems in the operating room in his latest documentary, "The da Vinci Debate."
  • To Adopt A Child

    The story looks at the murky world of international adoption. The United States has long been one of the biggest participants in overseas adoptions. But over the last few years, as cases of fraud and corruption have surfaced around the world, the U.S. has clamped down on questionable adoptions. Since 2004, the annual number of visas the U.S. issues for international adoption has dropped by 50 percent.
  • Little Known Colleges Exploit Loopholes to Make Millions Off Foreign Students

    The Chronicle found numerous colleges -- most of them unaccredited -- exploit byzantine federal regulations, enrolling almost exclusively foreign students and charging them upward $3,000 for a chance to work legally in the United States. Enabled by lax state regulations, these colleges usher in thousands of foreign students and generate millions of dollars in profit because they have the power, bestowed by the U.S. government, to help students get visas.