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    India’s second largest IT bellwether Infosys Ltd Friday denied misusing B-1 or H1-B visas to send its employees to the US for onsite work.

    “We do not have a policy to use the B-1 visa to circumvent the H-1B visa. Similarly there is no policy to misuse the H1-B programme,” Infosys chief executive S.D. Shibulal told reporters here.

    Refuting charges by its consultant Jay Palmer that it abused B-1 visas meant for business consultations or attending training courses, Shibulal said the company had a policy that required its employees to fully comply with the immigration laws and visa rules in 30 countries across the world, including the US where it has clients.

    “On occasions where individuals have reported seeing or hearing of employees who may have acted in ways inconsistent with our policy, we investigated them and have taken disciplinary action, including dismissal from the company,” Shibulal asserted.

    The US television channel Commercial Broadcasting Service (CBS) quoted Palmer as saying Thursday that Infosys brought Indian workers illegally to the US and often abused business visa rules requiring foreign workers to be paid US market rates.
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