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Infosys charters flight to fly out 206 employees, kin from US – Occasions of India

BENGALURU: Infosys chartered a flight to convey again 76 workers and their households — a complete of 206 individuals — from the US. These are workers whose visas have expired or are nearing expiry.

A

Qatar Airways

flight with the workers left from

San Francisco

to the touch down in Bengaluru on Monday morning. Many of the workers had been on H-1Bs and a few on L-1s. A few of them had been looking for extensions of their statuses, however immigration attorneys instructed TOI that extension requests are nonetheless paper-based and with the pandemic forcing individuals to work remotely, workers stranded aren’t getting any aid. An e-mail despatched to Infosys didn’t elicit a response.

Infosys affiliate vice-president Sanjeev

Bode

in a LinkedIn put up mentioned, “A few of the Infosys workers had been stranded within the US due to their visa expiration. All worldwide flights had been suspended due to the pandemic. Infosys got here to their rescue. The corporate booked a chartered flight solely for over 200 workers and households from the US to India. On the time of writing, the flight has landed safely in Bengaluru, bringing an finish to weeks of dilemma associated to the unsure state of affairs.”

Many workers took to social media to laud the corporate’s gesture and the administration’s efforts to prioritise security of workers. Nasscom had requested US authorities for a 90-day grace interval for

professionals

to depart the US following the expiration of their H-1B/L-1 visas. However there’s been no change up to now.

Infosys has 17,709 workers within the Americas. Lower than 50% of the US workers are on H-1Bs and L-1s. H-1B visas enable workers to stay within the US for as much as six years as specialty occupation professionals. L-1 visas are used for intra-company transfers, and permit workers to remain for as much as 5 years.

This isn’t the primary time Infosys has used chartered flights for workers. In the course of the Bhubaneswar floods, it had chartered a flight to take over 500 workers essential to their tasks to its different centres, together with Bengaluru, to keep away from disruptions to shoppers.

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