Indian IT services giant Infosys has reportedly announced plans to expand its Mexican operations, doubling its workforce in Monterrey from the 950 to 2,000 employees.
Senior executives confirmed their plan when Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, governor of Nuevo León, visited their headquarters in the Indian city of Bangalore last week.
Infosys arrived in Monterrey in 2007, and later expanded operations to the country’s capital Mexico City. Rodríguez Calderón told Mexican media that Infosys would now turn its Monterrey office into a regional operations center and take on more employees.
In addition, Infosys has agreed to provide IT service training to engineering graduates from Nuevo León at its facilities across India.
The news comes after the United States tightened its temporary work visa program (H1B) and Mexico updated its immigration laws to absorb more software professionals from abroad.
Infosys has invested in excess of US$10 million into its Mexican operations, according to the company’s annual financial report for 2016-17.
Most of India’s large IT firms are running delivery centers in Mexico. Among them, TCS has the largest presence, but others, including Wipro, HCL, Hexaware, Tech Mahindra, and NIIT have smaller operational units.
As the U.S. began to tighten its immigration laws, the Mexican embassy in India accelerated its efforts to woo Indian multinationals, particularly IT companies.
Melba Pria, the Mexican ambassador to India, has repeatedly told Indian news media that ‘Mexico will happily welcome’ Indian professionals if the U.S. blocked foreign professionals.