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Infosys allegedly indulged in blatant violation of US immigration laws

Posted on 12-Nov-2013
Topics: Effects of Immigration on American Workers  

From The Economic Times:

Federal prosecutors have alleged that IT major Infosys indulged in blatant violation of immigration laws by not only bringing its employee inside the country on a visa which does not permit work, but also issuing specific directions to its workers to mislead the immigration officials on their point of entry on their nature of work.

"To circumvent the requirements, limitations, and governmental oversight of the H-1B visa programme, Infosys committed visa fraud by knowingly and unlawfully using B-1 visa holders to perform skilled labour in order to fill positions in the United States for employment that would otherwise be performed by United States citizens or require legitimate H-1B visa holders, the US Attorney, John M Bales said.

This was "for the purposes of increasing profits, minimising costs of securing visas, increasing flexibility of employee movement, obtaining an unfair advantage over competitors, and avoiding tax liabilities," Bales, said in his complaint, which was released to the press after Infosys agreed to pay $ 34 million to settle the charges.

Infosys also failed to monitor the status of foreign nationals that they had sponsored for travel and placement in the United States by failing to maintain accurate I-9 forms and records for each foreign national as required by law, Bales said.

Sources:

[1] "Infosys indulged in blatant violation of immigration laws: US", The Economic Times, 31-Oct-2013

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