U.S. set to disclose Infosys visa case resolution

Justice Dept. expected to announce its action on Wednesday after a long probe conducted behind closed doors

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The U.S. Dept. of Justice is expected to announce on Wednesday a resolution to a long-standing visa case involving Indian outsourcer Infosys, an official has confirmed.

Infosys has been the target of a federal investigation over its use of B-1 business visas -- it received a subpoena from a grand jury in Eastern District of Texas in 2011 seeking information about its use use of the short-term visa.

The DOJ isn't releasing details about the upcoming announcement that's expected to resolve a probe that's been conducted entirely behind closed doors.

No court papers related to the case have yet been released. But the broad outlines of the probe, and its potential cost to Infosys, are known.

Some details have been provided by Infosys in periodic updates in its securities filings. The company most recently reported that it has reserved $35 million to resolve this issue, a figure which was said to include legal costs.

B-1 visitor visas are intended for short-term uses, such as attending a business convention or installing or repair machinery.

This visa isn't intended to be used like an H-1B long-term temporary work visa. Infosys is one of the largest users of H-1B visas.

Patrick Thibodeau covers SaaS and enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @DCgov, or subscribe to Patrick's RSS feed . His email address is pthibodeau@computerworld.com.

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