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By Stephen Nellis
SAN FRANCISCO May 1 India-based IT services
firm Infosys Ltd said late on Monday that it plans to
hire 10,000 American workers in the next two years and open four
technology centers in the United States, starting with a center
this August in Indiana, the home state of Vice President Mike
The move comes at a time when Infosys and some of its Indian
peers such as Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro
have become political targets in the United States for
allegedly displacing jobs of American workers by flying in
foreign workers on temporary visas to service their clients in
The IT service firms rely heavily on the H1-B visa program,
which President 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 American workers
in fields such as artificial intelligence.
He said the firm has already hired 2,000 American workers as
part of a previous effort started in 2014.
"When you think about it from a U.S. point of view,
obviously creating more American jobs and opportunities is a
good thing," Sikka said.
(Editing by Euan Rocha and Muralikumar Anantharaman)