Infosys asked to clarify visa misuse

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The US backlash against Indias $70 billion outsourcing industry gained further momentum when a district attorney in Texas ordered Infosys to clarify allegations of visa misuse by one of its employee. The district attorney has launched the investigation on the use of B1 visas, in the district court of Alabama.

As per the allegations, Infosys was illegally sending employees on B1 visas to work full time in the US, though the visa was only meant for visitors who come to the country for meetings, conferences and business negotiations.

“As we have announced, on May 23, 2011, we received a subpoena from a grand jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The subpoena requires us to provide information to the grand jury regarding our sponsorships for, and uses of B1 business visas. We intend to comply with the subpoena and to cooperate with the grand jury’s investigation,” a spokesperson for the company said.

The company is also accused of not paying taxes in the US. Senior executives at some of the top tech firms say such allegations are opportunistic and aimed at leveraging anti-outsourcing sentiments for monetary claims.

The US is the biggest market for Infosys from where it draws over 60% of its revenues. Infosys has 15,000 employees in the US and is growing this number rapidly.

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