Morning Coffee Apr 12 2012

Infosys and its Bids for H-1B Visas

By kelly eggers

New allegations stemming from a whistleblower's complaint contend that Indian tech giant Infosys has been practicing widespread, systematic visa fraud in an effort to hire inexpensive foreign workers for necessary roles in the U.S.

The whistleblower, Jay Palmer, told CBS News that after an employee who was in the country illegally came to him, he began investigating the large numbers of workers from the company's Bangalore headquarters the company was bringing in on skilled worker, or H-1B, visas.

A significant number of the employees who were brought into the U.S. by Infosys, Palmer says, were not any more skilled than American workers, but cost less than comparable Americans would in the same positions, allowing the company to bring in greater profit.

Some workers were also allegedly brought to the U.S. on B-1 visas after the government placed a cap on the number of H-1Bs that can be issued. B-1 visas are intended for foreign workers who are needed in the U.S. for conferences or training. Palmer contends that those in the country on B-1 visas were actually working full-time jobs, exempt from taxes. He cites a document from the Infosys intranet, which provides tips on how to phrase B-1 visa applications to gain approval by the State Department.

Infosys has denied the allegations, saying in a statement to CBS News that "Any allegation or assertion that there is or was a corporate practice of evading the law in conjunction with the B-1 visa program is simply not accurate." It also denies accusations in Palmer's civil lawsuit that say Infosys retaliated against him after he blew the whistle on the company's practices. Whistleblowing is protected by law in the U.S. The civil case is scheduled for trial in Alabama this summer. (CBS News)

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