Infosys had stepped up recruitment in the US as IT services firm is trying to lower its dependency on visas and making a strong base closer to the customers.
Last year, the firm had recruited around 2,144 individuals in South and North America, which was over a quarter of its worker base in the region. This was the biggest addition of local workers by the firm in the region.
The US is the key nation, which accounts for more than 60% of entire IT exports from India. Sources from the firm told that those who has been recruited include the citizens of the US and also green card holders.
Temporary US business visas H-1B and L-1 visas have become scarce. According to the Infosys CEO, Vishal Sikka, the company is thinking of not depending on the visas and recruiting locally. The firm wants to become location and visa independent through local recruitment and collaborative technology.
At the end of the last year, the company had 23, 594 workers in the US, most of them were doing the job on business visas. In its currently revealed yearly report, the firm mentioned that it had 11, 659 employees holding H-1B visas and around 1,364 employees holding L-1 visas.
The company had also stepped up recruiting in Asia Pacific region, Middle East, Europe and Africa. At the end of the year, the company had around 21,403 workers out of India.
Apart from this firm, many other Indian and offshore centric firms that provide IT services are looking to recruit local employees in the US.