Large India Outsourcing Firms Accused Of U.S. H-1B Visa Fraud

Trouble is brewing over allegations that large information technology outsourcing firms from India have attempted subvert U.S. immigrations laws.

Indian software giant Infosys Technologies has been sued by a human resources manager who says he refused to help the outsourcer get temporary U.S. B-1 visas for some workers under false pretenses.

Infosys is one of the major outsourcing firms in India and on of the largest users of the H-1B visas. Infosys headquarters in Bengaluru, India

Infosys is one of the major outsourcing firms in India and on of the largest users of the H-1B visas..

A former human resources manager who worked at India-based information technology services firm Larsen & Toubro InfoTech Limited Inc., has accused the company of visa fraud in a complaint filed In a federal court in New Jersey.

Mumbai-based Larsen & Toubro is a major user of H-1B visas, ranking fifth last year on the list of largest visa users. The company had 1,608 visa approvals in 2011, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.

The former employee, Nanda Pai, also accuses the company of sexual discrimination, and alleges sexist behavior by some of its employees in the suit.

Pai’s lawsuit joins a class action lawsuit filed earlier by another female ex-employee with a similar discrimination allegation. The class action suit seeks “not less than $100 million.”

Pai’s job in human resources at Larsen & Toubro in New Jersey adds a new dimension to this case.

In her role as human resources manager, Pai was required to help process visa-related documents. She alleges that immigration fraud “appeared to be rampant” at the company, according to the lawsuit.

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An employee who says he refused to help the company obtain temporary B-1 visas for some workers has sued Indian software outsourcing giant Infosys Technologies.

To date, the B-1 visa hasn’t played a prominent role in the long-running H-1B visa debate, but its role may change due to the lawsuit filed by Jack ‘Jay’ Palmer, an Infosys employee since 2008.

B1 business visas are intended for short-term uses, such as consulting with business associates, attending a business convention, settling an estate, negotiating a contract, or to install, service and repair commercial and industrial machinery.

According to B-1 visa rules, the holder can’t be paid by a U.S. employer, and immigration attorneys note that it isn’t intended to be used in ways that are similar to the H-1B visa. That’s where Palmer’s lawsuit comes in.

Bright Future Jobs, an organization that advocates for restrictions on H-1B visas and other forms of work visas typically used to hire skilled workers from overseas, has documented numerous immigration vise abuses by both outsourcers and U.S. firms.



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