Archive for December, 2008

Report Shows H-1B Program Fraught with Fraud; What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

Not surprisingly, a recent USCIS report confirms thousands of H-1B employees are being underpaid, benched, or performing menial tasks instead of the high-skilled work were promised. If you are one of those employees, you should know, however, that you do not have to simply accept this treatment and hope a better job comes along. You have […]

H-1B Employee Tip: Severance Offer? Consider These Things

If you are an H-1B employee, and your employer is terminating your job and has offered you a severance agreement, you should consider the following things. (Please note this post does not provide legal advice- if you want legal advice, you should contact an attorney and discuss your specific severance agreement and circumstances).

When H-1B Employment Trouble Arises, Start Work on Plan B Immediately

Does your H-1B employer: Rip you off (e.g. make you pay H-1B filing fees, underpay your wages, etc.)? Subject you to abuse (e.g. threaten you with job termination or deportation)? Want you to do things that you think are unethical? If you answered ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions, then you may well […]

New Database Gives State-by-State Round Up of Immigration Laws

In recent years states have been enacting a rash of new laws addressing immigration issues that affect foreigners and U.S. citizens alike. In response, the Migration Policy Institute has created a free, searchable data base ofall immigration-related bills and resolutions introduced in state legislatures. The State Responses to Immigration database classifies information by state, region, subject area, legislative […]

Save H-1B-Related Documents, and Keep Good Documentation

If you are an employee with concerns about your H-1B employer, or you think you may pursue a legal action someday, please know that the documentation you keep is critical. For example, you should make sure you save all important documents, such as your Labor Certification Application (LCA) and other H-1B documents, as well as […]

Beware the “Notario”: Tips on Avoiding Immigration Scams

If you need legal advice about your immigration status, be careful whom you ask for assistance. Horror stories abound in the media about the disastrous consequences caused by “notarios,” “immigration consultants,” and other non-lawyers giving bad immigration advice that causes foreign nationals to permanently lose their rights to stay in the U.S.