The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it has begun investigations into the regulations and business practices of India's top two IT service companies, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Infosys. In particular, DOL will be focusing on H-1B visa holders who work for these corporations and whether or not US immigration laws were violated.
The probe was initiated in response to the concerns of some senators following Southern California Edison's lay off of about 500 workers and their replacement with employees from TCS and Infosys, all of whom held H-1B visas. US DOL suspects that visa rule violations may have occurred. Additionally, the stock values of both companies have dropped since the announcement of the investigation, a possible indication that investors have lost faith in these companies.
Infosys was quick to respond, however, claiming that DOL regularly and randomly conducts thorough audits of overseas businesses. They promise to work closely with the investigators and believe that this is a routine probe.
As this story is still unfolding, it is unclear whether or not any violations will be discovered or if any changes to H-1B visa regulations and laws will occur as a result. If you have any questions or concerns regarding U.S. immigration laws – or if you need help obtaining an H-1B visa – contact a San Jose immigration law attorney from the Law Office of Timothy D. Widman today.