Indian Corporation Pays Record Fine Of $34 Million To U.S. Government To Settle Allegations Of Systemic Visa Fraud And Abuse Of Immigration Processes

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Infosys Corporation, an Indian corporation with offices in 17 cities in the U.S., has agreed to a civil settlement of $34 million to settle allegations of systemic visa fraud and abuse of immigration processes in the B-1 visa and H-1B visa process. Infosys, a consulting, technology and outsourcing company, brings foreign nationals to the U.S. to perform work and fulfill contracts with its customers. Specific allegations listed in the Settlement Agreement between Infosys and the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas, Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Department of State included the following: Infosys used B-1 visa holders to perform jobs in the U.S. that were required to be performed by U.S. workers or H-1B visa holders; Infosys submitted “invitation letters” to U.S. Consular Officers that contained false statements regarding the true purpose of the B-1 visa holders’ travel to the U.S.; Infosys wrote and revised contracts and directed foreign nationals to deceive U.S. Consular Officers to conceal the fact that it was providing B-1 visa holders jobs that were required to be performed by U.S. workers or H-1B visa holders; and Infosys failed to maintain I-9 records for a majority of its foreign nationals in the U.S. According to Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas, the $34 million fine is the largest immigration fine on record and the investigation revealed not only a manipulation of the visa process and circumvention of U.S. government visa requirements, but also that more than 80% of the company’s I-9 forms contained substantive violations.