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Visa violations by Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), two of the top IT firms based in India, are being probed by the U.S. Department of Labor. The contract held by these two Indian companies with Southern California Edison, an electric utility company, possibly violates the regulations for foreign technology workers. Recently, more than 500 technology workers were laid off by the power company. Many of the employees, who were laid off, later reported that they were made to train their Indian replacements, who were holders of H-1B visas, and were brought into the U.S. by Indian IT firms Infosys and TCS. These are temporary work visas given by the U.S. government for professionals from all over the world. Senators Jeff Sessions, Alabama (R) and Richard Durbin, Illinois (D), shared these details after they were notified by the department about this investigation.
This move from the Department of Labor comes within days after a report was published about the entertainment giant, Walt Disney, having laid off hundreds of its employees, and replaced them with Indian workers holding H-1B visas. Close to 250 employees of Disney were informed in the month of October, 2014, that they would be laid off and all of their positions will be filled by Indian workers holding H-1B visas, who were being brought in through an India based outsourcing firm.
The layoffs of workers and residents of the U.S. at a time when the economy is slowly improving, has raised questions about the morals and ethics of these companies. It is now getting clearer that the outsourcing companies and businesses are misusing and abusing the provisions of H-1B visas by replacing the U.S. workforce in IT and other sectors with immigrants, working for lesser salaries and compensation. More information is expected to follow about the investigation of visa violations committed by the top IT firms based in India under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
By Ankur Sinha
The New York Times-Outsourcing Companies Under Scrutiny Over Visas for Technology Workers
The Economic Times-H-1B visa row: TCS, Infosys say they are fully compliant with visa rules
The Times Of India-TCS, Infosys face US probe for H-1B visa violations