Infosys Feels Political Pressure, Hiring 10k Workers in U.S.

Tech consulting behemoth Infosys, based in India, promised it would hire 10,000 workers in the U.S. during the next two years. On Tuesday, the company said it would accomplish that by launching four new tech hubs across the U.S., with its first opening in Indiana this August.

The facility in Indiana is expected to create as many as 2,000 jobs over the next 4 years.

The announcement by the company comes just two weeks after federal agencies in the U.S. were ordered by President Donald Trump to review the distribution of H-1B visas.

Measures to reform the visa program, which grants the visas to workers that are highly skilled, are being considered by Congress and have been given bipartisan support.

India based IT companies such as Infosys, Tata Consultancy and Wipro rely a great deal in the U.S. H-1B visa program to bring workers and want to gain the favor of politicians in the U.S.

While there have been no changes made yet to the visa program under the current White House administration, Infosys has been tiptoeing along. The company is planning to apply for approximately 1,000 of the H-1B visas in 2017, a huge decrease from the 6,500 applications during 2016 and the 9,000 applications during 2015.

Other technology companies that previously promised more hiring within the U.S. since the election of Trump include IBM, Amazon, Alibaba and SoftBank.

However, some of them already had plans for hiring or expanding in place prior to the announcements they made and it is not clear of the jobs would still be created.

Though the announcement by Infosys did not mention directly either Trump or the visa program, it was an offensive move as it emphasized how long it has been in the U.S.

Infosys was founded in Pune, India in 1981 and in 1987 opened an office in Boston, its first international office.

The plan to open four new hubs is part of the continued legacy of Infosys of an investment of three decades in the U.S., said a prepared company statement.

Infosys continues to pursue its mission of inspiring educators, young adults and children to become the creators of technology through Infosys USA a charitable foundation, said the statement.

The company said that since 2015 over 2,500 schools, 2,500 educators and 134,000 students across the U.S. have benefitted from the highest quality computer science training as well as classroom equipment that the foundation has funded.

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