Infosys accused of US visa fraud

Infosys has been dealt another blow after an employee has detailed methods used to circumvent US visa laws, and how the firm systematically discriminated against American staff.

Following the accusations made by Infosys whistleblower Jay Palmer that the Indian firm has been smuggling in workers to the US, another former employee has highlighted ways employees enter the country.

Speaking to ITBusinessEdge, an anonymous former manager from India at Infosys said that the firm had briefed Indian employees of how to get past immigration officials on a B-1 visa.

A B-1 visa allows an individual to travel to the US for sales meetings and so forth, but prohibits actually working.

According to the former Infosys worker, the firm would have “briefing sessions” telling them how to “lie to officials” once they arrive at US customs.

They would be given tips such as not packing Java programming textbooks, for example, in order to hoodwink immmigration officials. With the amount of money promised there was never a shortage of Indian workers who were willing to circumnavigate US immigration laws.

Apparently the Indian company ”doesn’t care” about flouting rules in the US, despite its large presence there.

The same former employee also made claims of systematic discrimination of American recruits.

It is alleged that while Infosys would conduct recruitment drives of college students in the US, new recruits were lied to with the promise of job possibilities.

In actual fact middle management executives at the company had ignored demands by top staff to implement a more culturally diverse recruitment policy and were ignoring potential new recruits.

Despite hiring bright sparks from some of the top unis in the US, the “utilization rate for these people was extremely low”, ITBusinessEdge heard.

The reason that US recruits were not used was that they were unwilling to work the long hours of Indian workers.  

While US workers would want to have evenings free after a days work, it was considered that the Indian cultural work ethic would mean that employees would be willing to spend evenings reporting back to head offices in India.

Consequently, the former Infosys man claimed that he would have to lie to potential new recruits that they had a future at the firm – when the reality was that they would likely join the legions of others who left after just a few months.