IT services major Infosys has brought back over 200 of its employees and their families, who were stranded in the US amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, according to a senior company executive.
The company brought these people back from San Francisco via a special chartered flight that landed in Bengaluru on Monday morning. “Infosys chartered flight took off from SFO (San Francisco) last night bringing hundreds of employees and families home to Bangalore,” Infosys Associate Vice President – Retail, CPG and Logistics Samir Gosavi said in a LinkedIn post.
Infosys did not comment on the development. Sources said, 206 individuals, including Infosys employees and their family members, were brought back.
These individuals were stranded in the US after international flights were suspended following the coronavirus virus outbreak and the resultant lockdown, a person said.
The employees were a mix of those working on client sites as well some who had travelled to the US for some meeting or event, another person said.
The US is the biggest market for Indian IT services firms accounting for the biggest share of their revenues. For Infosys, North America accounted for over 60% of its revenue for the quarter ended March 2020.
Recently, the US administration extended the ban on immigration and non-immigrant worker visas, including H1B and H2B till the end of 2020. America has a cap of 85,000 total H1B visas for each year, which is most popular among Indian IT companies
After the H1B visa ban, several Indian IT employees have stranded in the US. In fact, NASSCOM had requested the US administration for a 90-day grace period for professionals to depart the country due to the visa ban. However, the US government has not taken any initiative so far.
Infosys has 17,709 employees in the US, and many of its Indian employees continue to be based in the US on H1B visas, Media reported. Interestingly, the US market has contributed 61.6% to the Infosys’ revenue as of the quarter ended March. Last year, it opened a technology centre at Phoenix, Arizona, to accelerate innovation for its American enterprises.