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H-1B giant Infosys gets carrot -- and stick -- to hire ‘Americans’

Patrick Thibodeau | May 3, 2017
Facing visa reforms, company ramps up U.S. hiring and gets tax credit.

" The abuse of the H-1B program is widespread and endemic to the program," said Hira. "A major overhaul of the H-1B program's design is needed."

A White House briefing last month cited the problems with the lottery.

At the briefing, a senior administration official said: "Just to illustrate a little bit more how the lottery works -- so some companies oftentimes are called outsourcing firms. You may know their names well, but ... the top recipients of the H1B visa are companies like Tata, Infosys, Cognizant -- they will apply for a very large number of visas, more than they get, by putting extra tickets in the lottery raffle, if you will, and then they'll get the lion's share of visas. Which is very different than I think how most people think of the H1B program -- they imagine it for more -- being for -- again, they would think of it as being for skilled domestic work, rather than contract work."

 

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