US to Hand Out Biggest Immigration Fine Ever
Infosys used visitor visas instead of work visas
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2013 2:02 PM CDT
Infosys Executive Chairman N. R. Narayana Murthy listens to shareholders during the company's 32th Annual General Meeting in Bangalore, India, June 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

(Newser) – The federal government is expected to slap a record $35 million immigration fine on Infosys tomorrow, after Homeland Security and State Department investigators found that the Indian outsourcing company had been sneaking workers into the country on cheap visitor visas (B-1), instead of more expensive and harder to get temporary work visas (H-1B), sources tell the Wall Street Journal. This practice would have allowed Infosys to offer cheaper workers, undercutting the competition. B-1 visas cost $160, and take just days to secure; the H-1B variety, which are limited to 65,000 a year, can total $5,000 to obtain in a months-long process.

While Infosys is mostly known for providing tech services based in India, it also provides technical employees to employers in the US. Its clients have included the likes of Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and Cisco. Authorities first got wind of its visa ploy in 2011, after employee Jack "Jay" Palmer sued the company, alleging that it had retaliated against him when he brought up suspected immigration violations.

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Oct 31, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
GOOD ! ABOUT TIME ! I hope it is not the last, although I am concerned... Was the enforcement due to their breaking the immigration laws or because they were able to provide labor cheaper and underbid other companies that complained?
Oct 30, 2013 12:43 PM CDT
Tells you a lot about the business practices. Once USA stood up for stellar reputation, today they are sham like everyone else. This makes me "proud" as Hell to be a citizen in the country ran by thieves and corrupted politicians. What was that about citizen wealth law, no limits on political contributions by anyone, the smartest move by crooks.
Oct 30, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
Quick! College kids who have a computer science background in just got your job posting! And, don't settle for the slave wage these Indian workers were working for...No way! The flood gates have opened and now you have great opportunities right here at home.