visas

Kate O'Connell

Indian technology and outsourcing giant, Infosys, has agreed to pay $34 million to settle a lawsuit with the U.S. government over visa fraud claims.

The company is accused of misusing short-term work visas to bring workers into the U.S and circumvent limits on long-term work permits, such as the H-1B.

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Canada is aiming to woo bright young entrepreneurs with a startup visa program. The scheme offers immediate permanent residence to foreign nationals who are able to secure business funding from Canadian investors. But, there are mixed feelings in the US about the benefits of following suit.

Introduced on April 1st, the pilot program will have an initial annual allotment of almost 3,000 visas for entrepreneurs who secure at least $200,000 from Canadian venture capital funds or $75,000 from a private investor.

The tech industry wants more skilled workers — from overseas. Companies are lobbying hard for Congress to raise the limit on H-1B visas — visas for people with specialized skills — researchers, for instance, or software engineers.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, recently told NPR that more H-1B visas can't help but be good for the country.