IT Company Infosys flew back some of its employees and their families who were stranded in the United States due to the corona virus crisis and visa issues. They were flown back in a chartered flight. 200 people, employees and their families, were flown to Bangalore, reaching early Monday morning. They will be working from Bangalore or other locations in India.
“The company booked the first ever chartered flight exclusively for 200+ employees and families from US to India. At the time of writing the flight had landed safely in Bangalore, bringing an end to weeks of dilemma related to the uncertain situation,” Samir Gosavi, associate vice president of Retail, CPG and Logistics, said on LinkedIn. India has extended the ban on international flights till July 31 as the nation sets its “Unlock 2” plan rolling to cope with the corona virus pandemic. The civil aviation regulator DGCA said the ban on all international flights has been extended till July 31 and only cargo and flights approved by the DGCA will be allowed.
Air India and other private domestic airlines have been operating unscheduled international repatriation flights under the Vande Bharat Mission, which started on May 6.The country resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25, after a gap of two months since the corona virus lock down was first announced in late March.
Few days before the IT firm Infosys took the step to bring back its employees, the US President Donald Trump suspended temporary work permits, such as the H1B and H4 visas, till the end of this year. Donald Trump’s order has barred thousands of people from getting employed or joining work-study programs in the US. The order has also restricted American companies from hiring foreigners and blocked spouses of foreigners working in the US from entering the country.