Work visa laws for US visas have been allegedly violated according to a whistleblower. As a result, Infosys Ltd, an Indian outsourcing company has been sued. And with the mediation failing, it looks like the company has to go to court and face the charges.
Jack Palmer emailed Dow Jones Newswires last Thursday informing them that the case against India’s second largest software exporter will commence on trial on August 20. Palmer is a principal consultant at Infosys, Ltd. and sued the company for the alleged US visa laws violations.
“Despite the judge’s earnest attempts to help both parties forge a settlement, the mediation hearing was not successful,” said Infosys.
This was after a conference was attended by Palmer and Infosys, upon a US court order, last Tuesday in the hope of resolving the matter.
The lawsuit describes how Infosys is accused of bringing their Indian employees to the US on B-1 visas instead of H-1B visas. The former is a US visa that is issued to short-term travelers on business while the latter, which is more difficult to get and can cost more, is a non-immigrant visa that is issued to foreign employees who are on a temporary work. Furthermore, the lawsuit also accuses Infosys that wages paid to people brought to the US on B-1 visas are not according to standards.
As to Palmer, he says that “”They did the worst thing they could do to someone who is used to working 80 hours a week. They sit me at home and cut me off from everything. My life is floating in Infosys purgatory.” Palmer says that he has been a software project manager of the company since August 2008.
This problem may be avoided by countries that are under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) wherein a US visa may be applied for via ESTA. ESTA visa to USA also functions the same way as the regular visa though the applicant needs only to apply for such US ESTA visa online.
ESTA for America, has made applying for US visa much easier and hassle-free.