Verizon’s visa program for Indian citizens is a big problem for the company, as it allows companies like Amazon, Facebook, Uber, Google, and many others to import millions of cheap workers from overseas.
Verizon is facing widespread criticism from citizens, politicians, and even tech companies about its H1Bs program, which is now in its fifth year.
The H1b Visa program is an employment-based program for highly skilled immigrants that were brought to the U.S. to fill jobs that have been created for U.K. workers.
These workers are typically cheaper than American workers and can earn a decent wage.
While the U-turn is good news for American businesses, the H1bis visa program has brought many American citizens and companies to India.
The visas are available to people with a bachelor’s degree, two years of post-graduate education, and a “green card.”
However, a visa can also be issued to someone with less than a bachelor of science in a specific field.
The green card is a permanent passport that can be used to enter the U, and H1bs visa holders can stay in the U for up to five years.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, the visa program currently has an annual cap of about 6.2 million visas.
That’s a big number, but according to the Wall Street Journal, a government audit in 2016 found that the program was understaffed, lacked adequate vetting processes, and failed to properly vet workers.
The program’s annual cap is projected to hit 15.5 million by 2021, the Journal reports.
In a statement to the Indian media, Verizon said, “Verizon cannot comment on specific employees or their employment status.”
It added that it was aware of the audit and was “reviewing the findings.”
In a separate statement, Verizon added, “We have been working with the government to address visa issues and provide our visa holders the tools they need to compete in the global economy.”
A Verizon spokesperson said that the company had not been aware of any visa issue.
“We are working with our immigration officials to address this issue and will continue to work with the U of A on all visa issues,” the spokesperson said.
Ajit Singh, a partner at law firm Hargreaves Lansdown, told Quartz that there is a serious mismatch between the demand for visas and the numbers of H1s being issued.
“They are filling a big hole in the economy, and the government is not providing them with the necessary training,” he said.
“And they are also not paying enough tax, because they are not getting visas.”
Singh said he was not surprised that the H3 visa program, where H1 and H2B visas are combined, is not being used as a good place to get cheap workers.
“The people who come from India are coming for lower taxes, better benefits, and it’s not as lucrative for them as it is for Americans,” he explained.
Singh believes that the shortage of cheap H1 workers has created a “fraud problem” for the government.
“It’s hard to find people who can do a job that they don’t want to do,” he continued.
“This is a huge mistake on the part of the government.”
In India, H1 b visa holders have a lower standard of living than the U visa holders, and they often have to wait for two years for their green cards, which can be revoked if they do not work or are unable to pay taxes.
A visa is not necessary to enter India.