US Accusing Infosys and TCS of Cheating in H-1B

April 27, 2017

The United States of America has accused top companies from India Infosys and Tata Consulting services of trying to get the bulk of the H-1B permits via Machiavellian means.

They are accused of putting in more applications into the lottery draw than they need.

The present administration has confirmed it is scrapping out the scheme and replacing it with a more efficient program based on merit.

During a meeting at the white house last week, a government official disclosed that a few of the top firms outsourcing jobs in the nation put in a lot of applications in the lottery scheme which tips the scale in their favor.

“You are most likely familiar with them, and much like the big firms like Infosys, Cognizant, and Tata Consulting services, they submit a lot of applications for the permit draws.

A lot more than they need, and by doing so they ensure that they get the bulk of the permits, putting other firms at a huge disadvantage,” an official present at the meeting in the White House told reporters.

In reply to the question of why the firms mentioned were all Indian firms, the official responded by saying Infosys, Cognizant, and Tata Consulting services were the largest recipients of the H-1B permits in the country.

“Those three firms are by far the biggest beneficiaries of the scheme.

They are heavily reliant on it, and they rig the system to their advantage.

The average salary for employees on the H-1B permit in those firms is between $60000 and $65000 annually. In comparison to that, the average annual wage of a software engineer in silicon valley is normally $150000,” the staff said. He also said that outsourcing companies that do not employ workers with distinct talent, and make use of employees for regular job roles, are the ones who get the bulk of the H-1B permits. “And that is not a secret.”

As at press time, all three firms mentioned declined to comment on the statement made by the administration.

The official also went on to say that currently, the permits are being given out in no particular order, with nearly 80% of the employees on the scheme receiving less wage compared to their colleagues in the same job description. “Only around 5% of the h-1B employees get paid high salaries as designated by the labor department.

There are four salary levels, and as at 2015, only 5% of employees on the H-1B permit were earning high salaries.”

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