Infosys, the big outsourcing company based in India, has agreed to pay a $34 million fine for committing "systemic visa fraud and abuse" in bringing temporary workers into the United States.
According to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors today (Oct. 30) will unveil a settlement that is supposedly the largest punishment ever for immigration abuse.
H-1B visas are intended for foreign workers who come to the U.S. for three years. Only 65,000 visas are issued each year, and companies such as San Diego's Qualcomm, one of the biggest H-1B users, have lobbied for more visas.
An Infosys employee, Jay Palmer, warned the company that it was using short-term visas, intended for quick business trips, instead of the H-1Bs to evade the law. He sued, claiming he was mistreated for blowing the whistle. He lost the case, but the federal government picked up his evidence. The Reader has followed the Palmer case.