Earlier this week, an Indian software developer, Infosys, was accused by the government of systemic visa fraud. Infosys was allowing B-1 visa holders to perform skilled labor jobs. B-1 visas are granted to foreign nationals who are entering the United States on a temporary business purpose. The jobs provided to B-1 holders by Infosys should legally only be performed by those who have been granted an H-1B visa, which allows foreign nationals to enter the United States for a specialty occupation.
Since this accusation, Infosys has reached a settlement of $34 million with federal prosecutors. This large of a settlement is unprecedented. According to the settlement, Infosys submitted documents to U.S. Consular officials with false information regarding the B-1 visa holder’s whom they had employed, namely the purpose of their entry into the United States. Infosys claims that it agreed to the settlement, “relating to I-9 paperwork errors and visa matters that were the subject of the investigation. There were no criminal charges or court rulings against the company.”
While there may be no charges or court rulings, this debacle obviously leads to the marring of reputation and credibility, not only for Infosys, being the tech giant that it is, but for any company issuing visas for their employees.
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