Sanfrancisco/Mumbai: IT- services firm Infosys Ltd said it plans to hire 10,000 US workers in the next two years and open four technology centres in the US, starting with a centre this August in Indiana, the home state of US vice president Mike Pense.
The move comes at a time when Infosys and some of its Indian peers such as Tata consultancy Services Ltd and Wipro Ltd have become political targets in the US for allegedly displacing US workers jobs by flying in foreigners on temporary visas to service their clients in the country.
The IT service firms rely heavily on the H-1B visa programme, which US president Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to review.
In a telephone interview with Reuters from Indiana, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said his company plans to hire US workers in fields such as artificial intelligence.
“When you think about it from a US point of view, obviously creating more American jobs and opportunities is a good thing.”
While Indian firms have recruited in the US, Infosys is the first to come out with concrete hiring numbers and provide a timeline in the wake of Trump’s visa review.
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