Labor Abuses – “Training”

April 24, 2008

The US visa game has been abused. Primarily by LightSurf, prior to VeriSign’s acquisition.

Shekhar Kirani and Norman Chang wanted to avoid hiring local technical talent to keep payroll costs low. Their solution? Have an office in Bangalore, and continuously cycle Bangalore staff through the Santa Cruz office on “training” assignments. Of course, pay them Bangalore wages. There was frequently 10 to 20 Bangalore staff present in the Santa Cruz office for the purpose. Sometimes more.

The “trainees” would usually stay for a little less than 90 days, which was the maximum allowed for the training visa being used.  They stayed when project demands required them.