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Indian outsourcing mega-firm Infosys in hot water over visa violations

Infosys said in a statement it was completing settlement talks with the government involving what it called "visa issues and I-9 documentation errors."



PLANO, Texas—Federal prosecutors have scheduled a news conference to outline what they describe as the settlement of major visa fraud and immigration abuse case involving an international corporation.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Plano refused to describe the case in advance of the Wednesday announcement, which comes amid news reports that the Indian technology outsourcing giant Infosys has agreed to pay a record fine.

Infosys said in a statement it was completing settlement talks with the government involving what it called “visa issues and I-9 documentation errors.” Employers file I-9 documents to certify that workers it sends to the United States are eligible to work there.

Infosys says it “denies any claims of systemic visa fraud, misuse of visas for competitive advantage, or immigration abuse.”

However, the company set aside $35 million for the possible resolution of an ongoing dispute with U.S. authorities over whether it misused temporary visas to bring Indian workers into the country.

“Infosys is engaged in discussions with the U.S. Attorney’s office and other government departments regarding a civil resolution of the government’s investigation into the company’s compliance” with temporary visas for tech workers known as B-1 visas, Infosys said on October 11 in an addendum to its quarterly report.

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