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The federal government is set to slap Infosys Ltd. with the largest immigration fine ever, claiming the Indian outsourcing giant illegally placed workers on visitor, rather than work, visas at big corporate clients across the U.S.

The government is expected to announce Wednesday it will fine Infosys about $35 million, according to people close to the matter. An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department found that the Indian company used inexpensive, easy-to-obtain B-1 visas meant to cover short business visits – instead of harder-to-get H-1B work visas – to bring an unknown number of its employees for long-term stays, these people say.

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Indian outsourcing giant Infosys Ltd. said Wednesday it has reached a $34 million civil settlement with U.S. authorities that would “resolve all allegations” and end visa-fraud investigations against the company.

For more than two years, the U.S. Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department investigated Infosys’s visa practices, prompted by allegations that it had improperly used business-travel documents to place employees in long-term positions in American companies.

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