Offshore outsource vendors, particularly those in India, are increasingly asking their customers to assist them in obtaining visas and in other immigration matters for their on-shore workers. These requests can place the customer in an awkward position, particular if, as was shown recently, the vendor becomes the subject of a governmental probe to uncover whether those visas were improperly obtained. Customers should think carefully about whether to become embroiled in matters that should be the exclusive purview of the vendor. Many businesses decline to assist vendors in this regard, saying this is an internal labor matter for the vendor. They do not want to become involved in potential labor and immigration issues. In instances where this cannot be avoided, the customer should demand strong protections in its vendor agreements to ensure the customer has no liability or risk in assisting in these matters.