H-1B Visa Fraud Case Against Infosys May Be a Game Changer

Don Tennant

The lid just might be blown off the H-1B visa abuse problem by a couple of good ol' boys from Alabama. I can't say for sure, but I think the you-know-what is going to hit the fan.


As I mentioned earlier in my post, "Yes, We in the U.S. Media Are Lousy at Covering H-1B Visa Abuse," Infosys Technologies employee Jack Palmer last month brought a lawsuit against the Indian outsourcing services provider. Palmer, an American employee who works for the company in Alabama, is alleging that Infosys is engaging in large-scale visa and tax fraud, and is harassing him for refusing to play along with it. On Saturday I spoke with Kenneth Mendelsohn, the Montgomery, Ala., attorney who's representing Palmer. You can read my interview here.


Mendelsohn filed the lawsuit on Feb. 23 in the Circuit Court of Lowndes County, Alabama. He told me that when Palmer went to work at the client site on Feb. 28, the Monday after the lawsuit was filed, he logged onto his computer and found a death threat on the desktop. "Jack, just leave. You're not wanted here," the message read. "Hope your journey brings you death, stupid American."


That's just one piece of evidence in a "stack of documents a show dog can't jump over," Mendelsohn told me. Here's a summary of the allegations in the lawsuit. I suggest you take the time to read it all, because it'll blow you away.


  • During the course of his employment, Palmer learned that Infosys was sending lower-level and unskilled foreigners to the United States to work in full-time positions at Infosys' customer sites, in direct violation of immigration laws. Palmer also learned that Infosys was paying these employees in India for full-time work in the United States without withholding federal or state income taxes, and that Infosys overbilled customers for the labor costs of these employees.


  • In March 2010, Palmer was invited to Bangalore for planning meetings. During one of the meetings, Infosys management discussed the need to, and ways to, "creatively" get around the H-1B limitations and process, and to work the system in order to increase profits and the value of Infosys' stock. The decision was made by management to start using the B-1 visa program to get around the H-1B restrictions.


  • In order for a foreign Infosys employee to obtain a B-1 visa, an American employee of Infosys had to write a "welcome letter," basically stating that the employee was coming to the United States for meetings rather than to work at a job. Palmer's managers in the United States and India asked him to write these welcome letters. Palmer was concerned about the accuracy of the letters and the legality of these employees working in the United States, so he contacted Infosys' HR department. HR confirmed that Infosys' foreign employees could not work in the United States on B-1 visas, so Palmer refused to write the welcome letters. On July 1, 2010, Palmer was asked to join a conference call to discuss his refusal, during which he was chastised for not being a "team player."


Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.


Add Comment      Leave a comment on this blog post
Mar 15, 2011 8:00 AM George George  says: in response to Don Tennant

Hi, this is very true. I am an Indian H1B and we just hate these big Indian IT services firm that unfortunately take advantage of something that was meant for good. Many of us have come here after much hard work in our respective fields to pursue challenging requirements and find it irritating that others are gaming the system and giving the rest of us a bad name. As I worked with many workers with foriegn visas working in firms like TCS, Infosys, Wipro and CTS, I know how they work and can attest they do use B1 visas illegally...maybe not a majority of the cases. They also misuse the L1 visa program. And it is disheartening to see that people blame the workers. Like all of you, they do whatever their companies tell them to do and their biggest fear is to loose their job because this immediately makes them illegal. As their status is dependent soley at the discretion of their employers, they will succumb. The fact that they cannot change their companies or get their PR cards processed removes any incenting for anyone to expose these companies.

I hope the misuse of these visas are exposed and Infosys gets repremanded severely.

Mar 15, 2011 8:19 AM Miguel Conway Miguel Conway  says: in response to George

WSJ Article today: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703363904576201192988972556.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsThird

Mar 15, 2011 8:29 AM Carol Rhoades Carol Rhoades  says:

Wow.  These companies should be brought to justice for playing unfairly in a game critical to all workers. I won't be buying stock in any of these big hitters until they clean up their acts.

Mar 15, 2011 8:46 AM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Miguel Conway

That's a good step. Now the feds just need to get off their butts and get aggressive about doing the same thing with H-1B audits.

Mar 15, 2011 9:53 AM Dave H Dave H  says: in response to Don Tennant

I think CEO's are too dazzled about the lower cost they're getting to care too much about the fraud.  Plus the fact that the US government makes it difficult for the International side of the IRS to do their job effectively, it's no wonder we're in the mess we're in now.

That's what you get for your 30 pieces of silver.

Mar 15, 2011 10:42 AM R. Lawson R. Lawson  says: in response to Don Tennant

Don: "If anybody can send me evidence that a company is using workers on B-1 visas, I'll pursue it and ensure that it gets publicity. I have no doubt that this is happening a lot."

This is one reason I never thought our debate should be centered around one visa - the H-1b.  They play a shell game with a variety of visas, including L-1, H-1b, B-1, and tourist visas.  It is also used to make offshore outsourcing more affordable.

Instead of adding visa names to everyone's vocabulary, I think the main point that needs to be driven home is that we are fighting visa fraud and misuse which has a side effect of harming American wages and job prospects.

It's very difficult for the general public to identify these crimes.  It's not like we can ask to "see your papers" - we have no legal right to do that.  This is really an enforcement issue that is rarely enforced.  It would take a very large scandal (like maybe Infosys getting caught red-handed) to get the feds to step up enforcement.

And even a scandal is no guarantee.  That could very likely result in another "GAO Study" to get to the bottom of the issue.  After the study is complete, well that's yesterday's news.  We've got plenty of data and now is the time for action.

Mar 15, 2011 11:16 AM Warior Warior  says: in response to Don Tennant

Whatever you want Don !  I do know a list of guys here doing technical work with B-1 visa. Whatsoever, if you want I will send you the company name and location where their client name is, and I will not give you the individual names and I don't want to be the witness whatsoever and very much it is up to you to do the research. I will send you the email later with my anonymity. If you have any question just let me know ...

Mar 15, 2011 5:36 PM Dolores Dolores  says:

Well, this is a nice piece, Don. It sheds light on issues that are critical for American job seekers, and not just in the technology field. The thing is, many of these foreign and multinational companies play games like this to win business for their folks. Remember back when the government had to clamp down on L-1 visa misuse? It got so bad even Harris Miller told them to tone it down, but noooo, and the government had to step in. There has been vastly insufficient oversight and enforcement concerning guestworker programs across the board. If we need to get Americans back to work in America, (and we do) then these shennanigans have to be stopped.

Mar 15, 2011 5:41 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Dolores

Uh-oh. I think hell just foze over.

Read my interview with the attorney, too. Amazing stuff.

Mar 15, 2011 6:04 PM Gary Gary  says:

I used to work with some H1B holders.  Some really good guys, but they were being taken advantage of by the companies that brought them over as well.  One friend was telling me he had to pay about 25% of his anual salary to the company.  He was being paid no where near what the company was billing for his service.  I told him that and he said there was nothing he could do unless he got his green card.

Mar 15, 2011 6:22 PM noname noname  says:

There is also a lot of abuse of Business visas (B1). I think it doesn't get as much attention as the Business visas are for shorter terms. And the visa abuse is probably done by many companies irrespective of ownership or country of origin.

Mar 15, 2011 6:23 PM Miguel Conway Miguel Conway  says: in response to Dolores

This peice only covers the tip of the iceberg. Many large companies Oracle, IBM, Accenture are abusing the system to get the lowest salaried resources in the U.S. under false pretenses to avoid legal H-1B Visas. I have filed my own complaint with authorities in Puerto Rico regarding Oracle and IBM practices using a firm from Argentina as a subcontracting front. In the end, these firms, including the clients of these large integration firms are legally responsible since they need to certify that the workers have a legal right to work in the US. This responsibility cannot be delegated to another firm or contracting entity as they have been doing the past years.

Mar 15, 2011 6:39 PM Warior Warior  says:

If the government is willing to investigate further all I can tell you that I can spot out a bunch of guest workers at my companies are mostly under B-1 visas. It has been like this for a long time but nobody cares. If there is loop hole they will utilize it... It is so bad and sadly to say...

Mar 15, 2011 6:44 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Warior

If anybody can send me evidence that a company is using workers on B-1 visas, I'll pursue it and ensure that it gets publicity. I have no doubt that this is happening a lot.

Mar 15, 2011 7:14 PM Warior Warior  says: in response to Don Tennant

Don ! I know you have good intention but I don't trust you much Don ..

Mar 15, 2011 7:15 PM Sue Sue  says: in response to Don Tennant

I will also have some info for you, including names.  I will have to be anonymous though.  I still have to feed my family.

Mar 15, 2011 7:25 PM ITPro Jandyala ITPro Jandyala  says:

Visa abuses by foreign outsourcing companies, especially, from third world countries has been going on for many years. If the US Feds commit to really clean up this Visa fraud (like they are doing for SEC violations), I am certain it will be better for all. I don't see why any US company would like to outsource jobs that can easily be done by US employees. It is time to set things right. US people deserve it!.

Mar 15, 2011 7:33 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Warior

Frankly, I wasn't really responding to you, because I've learned that you, like some others, are going to think whatever you want to think, regardless of what I say. I was using the reply button on your comment as a vehicle to express to my readers my preparedness to publicize documented information on people working here on B-1 visas. This response, on the other hand, was directed to you.

Mar 15, 2011 7:37 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Sue

I can assure everyone who requests anonymity that their anonymity will be maintained. The information should be sent to me via e-mail at dontennant1@gmail.com. If you have hard-copy documents, let me know by e-mail and I'll give you my mailing address.

Mar 16, 2011 12:23 PM hoapres hoapres  says: in response to Don Tennant

It's good that this stuff is coming out  but it is not going to be a game changer.  This stuff has been going on for decades and the people calling the shots want it that way.

All of this stuff is old news but certainly publicizing it can't hurt.

Mar 16, 2011 3:18 PM Dolores Dolores  says: in response to Don Tennant

Don't forget this nasty lawsuit, still in the courts after years. While at first glance it's mostly abuse of visa holders, you have to wonder what this did for Tata's bottom line and ability to make lowball bids against American competitors for contract work:


I've called these companies rapacious in the past, and I stand by that charge.

Mar 16, 2011 4:17 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Dolores

Given the overwhelming evidence that the allegations against Infosys are true, and the anecdotal evidence that Tata and Wipro are doing the same sorts of things, I'd say "rapacious" is a pretty fitting description.

Mar 16, 2011 5:48 PM jobs4US jobs4US  says: in response to Don Tennant

Thank you

Mar 16, 2011 5:57 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to jobs4US

My pleasure.

Mar 16, 2011 6:44 PM Dolores Dolores  says: in response to Don Tennant

Let me be repetious (in a good way): Thank you.

Mar 16, 2011 7:04 PM Don Tennant Don Tennant  says: in response to Dolores

My pleasure. Thank you for the kind sentiment.

Mar 18, 2011 8:49 AM VJ VJ  says:

Don, that is a real eye-opener to the world. I am a proud Indian but I am ashamed of the practices that are employed by so many Indian and American companies to circumvent the rules. I came to US 11 years back on H1B visa. I am sure everyone remembers the dot com bubble that went burst in 2000. The reason was very same. Unqualified people, who has completed the learn java in 21 days or java for dummies came on H1B visa using the shady practices. The interview was done on phone so interviewer does not know if the interviewee is the person who they think he/she is. So this person gets a job, in a month it was found that the hired consultant has no practical knowledge so the contract was canceled and this person was moved to a different project or to a different company. And finally this person ended up getting 2 years experience by doing nothing. Talk about quality of work that will be produced and money wasted. And now consulting companies found L1 visa on which their employee coming in cannot jump to another company (so good for them to get bonded labor) and there are less restrictions on the visa process itself. So many are now misusing the L1 visas. I am an Indian and I want to see progress in India but I don't want to see that progress on a false pretense. America is my host country and it has given me so much. It breaks my heart to see that these things are still happening and even big giants like InfoSys is using the same shady tactics. I recall my earlier days when I heard things like "copy the code three times and comment it" because the company was paying based on number of lines of code produced. Thanks for bringing this case up and thanks to Palmer to bring this lawsuit. I hope and pray that he wins because only if a big giant like InfoSys gets penalized, the small sharks will take notice and stop these shady practices.

Mar 18, 2011 10:39 AM hoapres hoapres  says: in response to VJ

>> ... real eye-opener...

No it's not.

This stuff has been going on for decades.

To be fair, Don at least publicizes it.  As far as this being a "game changer", I have my doubts.

Mar 20, 2011 8:08 AM hoapres hoapres  says: in response to mshan

>>....pay prevailing wages ...<

Legally they probably are as the "prevailing wage" is not the "market wage".

The big companies get the best immigration attorneys that can tailor the job description such that close to minimum wage is the "prevailing wage". 

Now that senior software engineers and systems administrators have joined the 99 week club and going homeless you can pick up "brains for peanuts"

Mar 20, 2011 8:35 AM someone someone  says: in response to Warior

Warior is right. Government distributes B1 visa with both hands then why will companies not take advantage of it. I would be really surprised if government doesnt have the resources or means to track this. As far as i know this is going on since 2004 for sure, probably from even earlier. Easiest way is for immigration to track which people are coming on B1 visa at port of entry and coming to which companies regularly. Even the american companies themselves are playing hand in glove with this as this saves them money. they have to pay lower rate for this and its win win for both companies. So dont target just the indian companies, they are getting away with this because they have the support of US government looking the other way and american companies playing hand in glove.

Mar 20, 2011 8:57 AM hoapres hoapres  says: in response to someone

>> ...support of US government...

Of course.

The idea is to drive labor costs close to ZERO.  We have "undocumented Americans" aka illegal immigrants working "all over the place" along with H1Bs, OPT, etc.

The only problem with that is that Americans now being out of work or working for close to minimum wage or even free as unpaid interns have no money to spend but the current CEOs in charge don't care about that and pass that problem  on the next CEO.

Mar 20, 2011 5:34 PM mshan mshan  says:

I agree..  I am an American citizen..  15 years working in IT. I worked for IBM in 2 different states and saw mostly foreigners. While I was out on a contract I saw a person leave and come back on a visa and they were laying off american workers.

I know for a fact there are Americans here that can do the job that so many of these people are working in. The claims there are not enough "Educated, Experienced " IT workers in America is CRAP.

They just want the lower wages and from reading this article some are not experienced at all. Getting out of paying taxes is a whole other issue altogether.

No one likes to be exploited or taken advanatge of..  I hope they all get investigated and have to show proof or reason to have them on staff.

They other thing that might help..  make them pay prevailing wages...

Mar 20, 2011 6:59 PM Manoj Manoj  says:

Thank you for bringing-up this matter.... This will indeed give the justice to both side of employees....

Mar 21, 2011 10:31 AM MissusZen MissusZen  says: in response to mshan

mshan, I agree with you that there is no shortage of educated, experienced IT workers in the US.  However, most americans cannot compete on the level of education that most indians have.  Most Indians that come over here are educated to at least a Master's degree and in many cases, at a higher level.  Most Americans with the same level of education will not work for the salaries they (Indians) work for or work the hours they do.   This unfortunate set of circumstances is actually lowering the standards for everyone and is making the work-life balance a thing of the past.  I have also been in the industry for a long time (15+ years).  The changes that I have seen in the past 5-10 years are making me wonder how long I will stay in the industry.

Mar 22, 2011 8:55 AM Anonymous Anonymous  says:

Hmm ... it's not just Infosys ... I have case pending regarding Spanish wind technicians (maybe high school educated) using B-1 and tourist Visa's. Just wait mine is going to go Federal RICO. This is going to blow the lid off the 'foreign' renewable companies.

Mar 22, 2011 9:12 AM someone someone  says: in response to Don Tennant

I just know of American companies itself who are taking advantage of the visa system. Juniper Networks Inc. has a branch in India and got its employee from India on a B1 visa here to work for 3 months. They dont have to pay US salary and the guy works here and makes some extra money. American companies are doing this knowing exactly what they are doing. So Dont just blame the Indian Companies. Everybody is doing it thanks to the government.

Mar 22, 2011 11:13 AM john john  says: in response to someone

B1/B2 visa is business and tourist visa. On an average there are atleast 30 new B1/B2 visas issued to professionals in India. B1 visa is for business meetings and meeting for making deals, training etc. Do you really think these many people need to come for meetings and trainings? Indian companies and MNCs are spending about $1400 on round trip for folks to come to US for 2-3 months. Do you really think these people are spending this much to come for meetings? they would have just asked them to have tele-video meeting from where they are if that was the case. And you think people have meetings for 2-3 months. 99% of the professionals who are coming on business visa are coming to work here. Just ask the homeland security the total number of ppl coming on B1 visa everyday and you have your number. That is the number of jobs gone and tax evaded while US struggles with 10% unemployment. 1% is assuming that atleast a few people are doing some genuiene business. B1 visa is given for 10-20 years. These folks come for 3 months, go back for a month and come back for another 3 months. this is the way they are working. Other modes of working are, one person works for 3 months, he goes back is replaced by another person coming for 3 months and this is done for the entire year. All companies are in it, American, Indian and biggest culprit is government, they are the ones that are facilitating it

Mar 22, 2011 11:20 AM john john  says: in response to john

30 new b1/b2 visas everyday ...

i missed that in the above post

Is the government / homeland security sleeping ? they dont know what they are doing

Mar 22, 2011 6:11 PM anonymous anonymous  says: in response to someone

So true. Just because there are a lot Indians both qualified and unqualified in here, there is a common misconecption that Indians are bad. IT'S BUSINESS, any company which can find loopholes will do that not just an Indian company. Just because the big American companies have some hidden transactions, it doesn't mean that they are not finding loopholes. And frankly speaking, it's only because of a large number of Indians here in USA that so many companies can make profits and increase the jobs and keep the companies alive. It's a mutual benefit scenario. Top posts are filled by Indians because of their qualification. So stop blaming Indian companies directly. Infact, even american companies don't pay appropriate salary to Indian H1B's even if they are qualified under the guise that they are paying for visa!! So first look inside your own collars and then blame an entire country. In fact  I have worked with Americans who are quite inefficient and are working at a high position with high salary. This does not mean that all Americans are ineffiecient, does it??

Mar 22, 2011 6:23 PM anonymous anonymous  says: in response to VJ

Did you ever fix your own car or pay to get your car fixed, especially here in America?? They charge you 4 times for the job that you can do it if you wasted enough time. Now relate that to IT industry, you will feel less ashamed. And nothing new by the way (I mean in general companies not just Indian) If you investigate appropriate companies, not just Indian more such instances will be revealed. It's just that IT industry is huge with India taking the lead and hence there is a lot of focus on that. Expand the horizon and you will find every country doing something or the other in their business, so you should not feel ashamed of just the practices in India but around the world. 

Mar 23, 2011 8:09 AM john john  says: in response to Carol Rhoades

so true. please dont take it to nationalities. we are talking about mal practices. and they are condemnable no matter who does it. especially if government is facilitating it and then trying to look helpless when there is mass unemployment. someone really needs to take strong action against these companies. indian and american alike. I can give names of few companies who are involved in this visa fraud but i dont have any written proof. how can we bring more sanity to the corporte world instead of just adding to the commentary. kudos to palmer.

Mar 23, 2011 9:03 AM Hasan Hasan  says: in response to mshan

I hope you succeed in bringing the law breakers to book.

Mar 23, 2011 7:48 PM Carol Rhoades Carol Rhoades  says: in response to anonymous

Who's blaming Indian companies?  Don't be so paranoid.  I blame big, greedy corporations and corrupt American officials. I know several Indian IT folks who are highly qualified and easy to work with.  I have nothing against them or other Indian workers who provide value to the companies they work for.  I am angry about companies that using the visas improperly in order drive down wages and fill jobs will unqualified workers

Mar 26, 2011 6:17 PM rockstar rockstar  says:

ohh please its a publicity and money making stunt..there will be out of court settlement for couple of millions...what piece of crap!

Apr 1, 2011 6:54 PM Aby Aby  says:

Good crusade Don and understandable outrage from the Americans (dare I say white Americans). These are the tides of history gentlemen. India was a leading producer of silk and clothes which were handwoven and these were a rage in European societies. The weaving machines got invented and an entire economy was busted (partly by British rule) and millions lost jobs in India, this is in the 19th century. Technology is always a game changer and some people lose out. In this case, it is the vastly improved optic cable undersea cables that make doing IT jobs easy across anywhere in the world. How will you stop this? If you stop H1Bs or jail Infosys executives, nothing will change, companies will open captive centres in these countries (which is already happening), the world is changing rapidly, time you move beyond your hometowns and went where the jobs are. You can abuse them all you want but you cannot change the underlying economic reality. Free trade works both ways.

Apr 11, 2011 12:04 PM Monica Cerna Rodriguez Monica Cerna Rodriguez  says:

Hmmm... That's interesting. Where did you first hear about this? Do you have other blog posts I can take a look at?

Monica Cerna Rodriguez
MK Partners Inc
Salesforce Consulting

Apr 13, 2011 12:38 PM Calvin Flemmings Calvin Flemmings  says: in response to Don Tennant

It'a about time someone spoke up in this.

Over the last decade, companies like Accenture, Oracle, IBM and many others have loaded up their staffs with lower-salaried H1-b's - especially Indians - all while laying off thousands of experienced (and higher-paid) Americans.

The result is IT, especially ERP, has been overrun by Indians at every level who work to keep others out.

I've seen the games played - they'll subject good non-Indian candidates to a grilling with tough or tricky technical questions that the average person can't answer then reject them. Another tactic is what we call "reaching" -  grilling until the candidate is stumped then use the candidate's inability to answer that single question as the reason to disqualify them.

I've also seen ther other side of the coin - foreign workers who are abused and underpaid. I know of at least 2 boutique consulting firms that employ a tactic of bringing H1-b workers onto a project, firing them when their work is just about complete, then refusing to pay them claiming "the quality of their work wasn't good". 

It's gotten totally out of hand. I'm glad someone is finally speaking up.

Apr 13, 2011 12:49 PM MC MC  says: in response to Calvin Flemmings

Deloitte uses Comforce for subcontracting primarily tech resources who in turn uses other firms to subcontract resouces to the point that no one knows who manages who.  Comforce uses a firm called Prosoft. Of course Deloitte denies that this is the case and requires that Comforce use W-2 employees.  Yet, very little is enforced. Where there is a will there will be a way.

Apr 18, 2011 8:19 AM Sunil Sunil  says:

Daer Don and American friends,

I live in Indai. I  work in mass communcaition and  no connection to IT per se but Infosys lead by Chief Mentor Narayn Murthy and his gang of Nandan Nilekan  are arrogant and loathed by the average Indian who suffers day by to day living.   NRI (Non Resident Indains )  abuse Indians here.  The are now knwon as "Not Required" as part of NRI. If anyoen dar say a word against NRIs, they try teir level best to hack  or run dwon by all possible technogical skill.

I am seriously and with due respect asking this after studying it from sociological phenomena. Why Indians who migrated decades ago are passive observers of America but get very aggressive with India and get involved to a level that they patronize Indians back home who live their and see it day to day life ? Why they are from one of most wealthy ethnic group - doctors, engineers, CEOs - but never donate to say an American museum, medicine, or volunteer for a day for children with special needs? Why Indians are legal migrants yet hold on to their Indian passport and never switch to US citizens. This is even though they are since 20+ years , always hope to come back to India during golden years but never have ever done so in reality. Why the are obsessed with Bollywood and religion ? Why they do nothing for millions of poor Indians and other the ills plaguing India and denigrate India as "dirty", "corrupt", "smelly", "bad infrastructure", "prone to terror attacks" , etc when they NRIs visit India for a holiday? Why the quietly think American women are 'floozy', 'cheap', 'easy' and without 'culture' but in reality NRI men treat Indian wives as terribly like bride dumping which is a contradiction to ancient culture about respecting women. . Why NRIs never marry an African American, Latina or Caucasian man or woman and only marry Indians that too within their community or state? Why NRIs proclaim about 5,000-year Indian culture but is limited to dancing to Bollywood songs, rap bhangra, and wear expensive ethnc wear ? Why Americans gebnerusly donate huge amonunts to India but never NRIs?. 


Apr 18, 2011 5:34 PM NK NK  says: in response to Don Tennant

Send me an email. I can point you to Indian companies who not only are abusing the system by conducting large scale racial profiling of just employing Indians.. I am not against foreign workers but I am definitely against the quality of people and their refusal to integrate or even acknowledge our local culture or etiquettes. ITs a largescale abuse of the visa system for the purpose its meant for.

Jun 25, 2011 6:39 PM Mike Cannon Mike Cannon  says:

Very interesting article.

I think Don is correct : if criminal charges are filed against Infosys..it would indeed be a gaming changing issue.

There is this interesting blog that I came across ..seems to be ex IT recruiters.Its providing almost a daily discourse of the Infosys saga.


Jul 11, 2011 2:43 PM India_taati India_taati  says: in response to Don Tennant


I am ex infosys employee and know lots of H1B fraud employees in US right now.

If you follow my advise then you will crack a bomb shell on Infosys fraud.

20% petitions are fraud, you will get one employee name and address and his H1B fraud proof.

Ping me if u need to drop a bomb shell and entire H1B will be exposed.

Jul 20, 2011 9:36 AM Quant Analyst Quant Analyst  says: in response to Don Tennant

I work for a business analytics firm and was recently victimised by the visa fraud being committed by my firm. I was told that my B1 visa was ok for short term on site work assignments, but ended up getting bounced from the airport - despite the fact that all my facts were verified by my company and client. I was told my the officer that I need to go back and apply for a B1 or L1.

I am no longer working for that corporation and happy to detail (internal emails and all) used to send workers on site on inappropriate visas.

Jul 20, 2011 5:20 PM India_taati India_taati  says: in response to Quant Analyst

Contact him: Undercover officer...


I am in touch with him..


Sep 7, 2011 10:03 AM GultiFulti GultiFulti  says: in response to India_taati

It seems you can help bring about VISA violations in the US to light. Can you please let me know if a person (Non - US / Temp Worker ) on a L1A/L1B visa can work full time at the client's site.

Example : TCS employees from India on L1A / L1B working full time in MN @ Ecolab owned premises instead of TCS rented premises. TCS does not even have a proper Office in Minneapolis, MN wherease there are around 800 people of TCS working in Minneapolis, MN.

Dec 11, 2011 8:37 PM Dean Dean  says:

this article is great. I work in the IT industry, and I see the abuses day in and day out.  Workers brought in to the U.S. to circumvent labor laws, to push out legitimate established tax-paying citizens so "in-sourcing" firms can reap bigger profits at the expense of domestic high-tech workers, junior-level workers brought in and billed out as experts, it goes on and on and on and on.... This insane visa "party" has to stop now!!!

Dec 15, 2011 5:04 PM Optimistic View: Real Truth Optimistic View: Real Truth  says: in response to Dean

I beg to disagree, H1B visas are very valid cases that ppl get their visas and coming to work. However i agree with the L1B and B1 visas. It's blatant violations out there. However, this has been going on for 20 years. So who is going to stop thi. Government actually did good by opening trade barriers, you cannot blame a government which always does good. Am also a citizen, however there is only one thing that can be done which is a solution. Open only H1B-visas and scrutinize it.

Jan 8, 2012 5:24 PM A A  says: in response to Optimistic View: Real Truth

People are simply buying h1b visas, by paying money to the agents/companies, who arrange H1B VISA for consideration. one such company is SS Tech, based at Hyderabad. They will procure  H1b visa and send people out to US, which exhausts yearly quota of INDIA, leaving the deserving out.

Feb 1, 2013 1:32 AM Coca cola ex Coca cola ex  says: in response to R. Lawson
Proving proof is where it's tricky. I worked onsite at coca cola for a contract agency. We constantly had offshore people onsite. They bring them in to transfer knowledge, work on projects, and take the knowledge back overseas after a couple of months. Not for meetings. How do I know they were performing work? They were billing to projects. Coke aspires to offshore 70% of their IT by the way and this is how they get to those numbers. Reply
Aug 11, 2013 12:49 AM r2d2 r2d2  says:
It sucks to be a graduate from US school and having to fight with fraudulent companies for H1B. I came to US 10 years ago, went to school here for undergrad and grad for STEM majors, made American friends, learned American values. However, after graduation always had to struggle to find a legit employer who would file H1B and file it on time in order to get with technicalities. I have experienced first hand being denied jobs just because I needed sponsorship. When I graduated, there were more petitions than visa available on day1 when they began accepting cases. So I joined grad school. After that same story. I do not understand why after being trained in US in schools here and putting so much effort, I am not given any priority over sweat shop H1B workers who they bring from India straight. I have been approached by few of those companies who promise me great job and great salary provided I lie about my work experience and exaggerate my experiences. For a new grad, 5 years experience is very common. they give you name of shady companies to get through background check. When I look around, it is a dog eats dog world for lots of people on H1B and in a do or die situation. Reply
May 21, 2015 7:20 PM George George  says:
So how is this "game changer" coming along? Reply

Post a comment





(Maximum characters: 1200). You have 1200 characters left.




Subscribe Daily Edge Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.

Subscribe Daily Edge Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.