Of the top 20 companies that used L-1 visas in fiscal 2006, nearly half are Indian IT outsourcing firms that are also among top users of the H-1B visas.
Two U.S. senators pushing bipartisan legislation to close loopholes for alleged fraud and abuse of visa programs used to bring foreign tech workers into the United States released a list of the top 20 employers of L-1 workers Tuesday.
L-1 visas are used by multinational companies to transfer foreign workers from their overseas operations to work temporarily in their U.S. operations.
Of the top 20 companies that used L-1 visas in fiscal 2006, nearly half are Indian IT outsourcing firms that also are among the top users of the H-1B visas. H-1B visas are used to employ foreign tech workers in the United States.
Durbin and Grassley allege that foreign outsourcing companies abuse L-1s by using the visa to train their foreign employees during short stints in the United States to help facilitate the offshoring of work done by Americans. In a release, the senators also said they plan to continue investigating "blanket" L visa petitions that allow companies to transfer "limitless" numbers of workers into the United States.
Here is the list of top 20 L-1 employers in fiscal 2006, according to Durbin and Grassley.
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd., 4,887 L-1 visas
Cognizant Tech Solutions U.S. Corp., 3,520 L-1 visas
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