|India’s Infosys faces US visa scam fine
The US government plans to punish Indian outsourcing giant Infosys headed by Chairman Narayana Murthy, (Pictured), with the largest immigration fine ever for seeking visas fraudulently for workers at big clients in America, the Wall Street Journal reported today.
Infosys is accused of putting workers on visitor visas, which are much easier and cheaper to obtain than the correct work visas. The fine is expected to be about US$35 million, the paper said.
An inquiry by the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department concluded that Infosys used easy-to-get B1 visas, which are meant for short business visits, to bring an unknown number of its workers to the United States for long-term stays, the sources were quoted as saying.
The fine will be announced Wednesday, the Journal said.
Infosys would not confirm details of the fine to AFP, but said in a statement earlier this month that it had set aside US$35 million, including legal costs, based on talks with the US government over the inquiry, announced in 2011.
An Infosys spokeswoman said it was “in the process of completing a civil resolution with the (US) government regarding its investigation of visa issues and I-9 documentation errors.’’
She said the resolution had not been finalized.