Skip to comments.Tech giant Infosys settles allegations of visa fraud in Plano office for $34 million
Posted on 10/31/2013 6:30:27 AM PDT by DFG
A civil settlement announced Wednesday requires tech giant Infosys Corp. to pay a record $34 million over allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes.
By circumventing the process, Infosys was able to use lower-paid workers to increase its profit and gain an unfair advantage over competitors, authorities said at a news conference in Plano.
Infosys admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement. It agreed to the payment as well as greater oversight of practices that bring foreigners to the United States for work in American companies.
The settlement is the largest payment levied in an immigration case, authorities said.
The technology outsourcing company is based in India. It has offices in 30 countries, including the United States. Its Plano office handles immigration procedures for offices in 17 U.S. cities.
The company is accused of using B-1 visas to bring workers into the United States for jobs reserved for American workers or H-1B visa holders. B-1 visas are also called business visitor visas. They allow people to enter the country for meetings, training or other temporary activities. But those visa holders are not allowed to do work.
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Sounds good but only the government and perhaps the whistleblower makes out. The Americans who got screwed out of a job get nothing.
Outlaw H1-B’s. You are either a citizen or a green card holder or you cannot work.
For those who don’t know, Conservatives in Silicon Valley have been trying to point this out since the late 90’s.
Even Rush didn’t get it.
Back in ‘99 I was in a Kinko’s in SV waiting for a passport photo. Next to me was a guy from HP getting photo copies of HP documents on their entire outsourcing plan.
It seemed strange at the time as all was fun and games in SV at the time. In 2002 I connected the dots.
I read an article that said the Obamacare website was created by H1B visa holders in the U.S. If so, I hope employers consider that fact when hiring workers.
I have been preaching the woes of H1-B’s and off-shoring since the craze started.
The US system of legal migration, in contrast, is a mess.
Actually it looks like the Ocare website was created by locals. The problem is that the politicos never gave clear requirements and they stopped giving instructions last year during Obama’s campaign