Infosys, larger rival Tata Consultancy Services
Ltd. and their American peers have long warned immigration barriers would undermine a business model used to supply highly skilled talent to clients from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Key for the tech industry are H-1B visas used by workers from India and other countries to fill vital roles.
The visa system was conceived so companies
could hire overseas workers to fill a shortage of high-skilled talent in technology services and product development. The fact that Indian outsourcers collect a substantial share of the visas each year has made the program controversial, with critics arguing that companies
abuse the system by replacing American workers with cheaper foreign labor.
While the bulk of Infosys’s recruitment remains in India -- with 15,000 grads enlisted over the past 12 months -- Infosys
is laying the foundation for more hiring abroad at a rapid clip. It’s built six research centers from Rhode Island to Indiana, which will act as magnets for American talent, Parekh said.
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