US probes ICS, Infosys for H-1B visa violations

Untitled-1The US Department of Labour has opened an investigation against Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys, two of the biggest Indian outsourcing companies, for “possible violations of H1B rules for visas for foreign tech workers” under contracts they held with electric utility Southern California Edison.

Reports say the power company recently laid off over 500 technology workers amid claims many of those laid off were made to train their replacements who were immigrants on the temporary work visas brought in by the Indian firms.

Senators Richard Durbin of Illinois and Jeff Sessions of Alabama announced the investigation after they were notified by the department.

The move by the Labour Department came days after it was reported that hundreds of employees at Walt Disney were laid off and replaced with Indians holding H1-B visas.