The Trump administration today welcomed the decision by IT giant Infosys to hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years, saying it was a result of the US government's "pro-growth economic agenda."
Infosys yesterday announced it will hire 10,000 Americans in the next two years and open four new centres in the US as part of efforts to mitigate the impact of H1-B visa curbs.
In a statement, the White House termed the announcement by the Bangalore-based tech firm a political victory for the Trump administration, which has on several occasions accused outsourcing firms of "unfairly" taking jobs away from the US.
It said the decision was further evidence that companies are renewing investment in the US as a result of the Trump administrations "pro-growth economic agenda."
"Were glad to see companies like Infosys see opportunity in the American economy again," said Ninio Fetalvo, a White House spokesman.
The US had accused Infosys and its larger rival, Tata Consultancy Services, of unfairly cornering the lions share of the H-1B work visas by putting extra tickets in the lottery system. Every year, the US grants 65,000 H-1B visas while another 20,000 are set aside for those with advanced degrees.
At a White House briefing last month, an official of the Trump administration said a small number of giant outsourcing firms flood the system with applications which naturally ups their chances of success in the lottery draw.
The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. Indian technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year for their US operations.
Reforming the H-1B visa system was one of the major election promises of US President Donald Trump. He last month signed an executive order that seeks to make changes to a H-1B visa programme that brings in highly skilled foreign workers.