Visa fraud: Infosys faces $35 million fine

Infosys on Tuesday said it is in the process of completing a civil resolution with the US government regarding investigation into alleged violation of visa norms by the company.

Published: 30th October 2013 11:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2013 11:42 AM   |  A+A-

Infosys on Tuesday said it is in the process of completing a civil resolution with the US government regarding investigation into alleged violation of visa norms by the company.

“In response to reports attributed to Justice Department officials, Infosys is in the process of completing a civil resolution with the government regarding its investigation of visa issues and I-9 documentation errors,” the Bangalore-based company said in a statement.

In a media advisory, the Office of US Attorney John M Bales for the Eastern District of Texas said the state department would on Wednesday “announce the settlement of systemic visa fraud and immigration abuse allegations with an international corporation”.

Earlier in the day, a report by the Wall Street Journal had suggested Infosys is expected to be slapped a fine of $ 35 million — said to be the largest immigration fine ever — by the Justice Department for allegedly violating visa norms. This is a culmination of the joint investigation carried out by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

Infosys had earlier this month said it has set aside $35 million for a potential settlement tied to the probe and that it was “engaged in discussions” to resolve the matter.

Infosys, however, denied the charges. “Infosys denies any claims of systemic visa fraud, misuse of visas for competitive advantage or immigration abuse. The company’s use of B-1 visas was for legitimate purposes and not intended to circumvent the requirements of the H-1B program. No criminal charges have been filed against us and no court rulings have been issued,” the statement said. 

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