Archive for the 'H-1B Issues in the News' Category

Reporter Looking for H-1B Workers to Comment About Bodyshops for Major News Story

If any of our H-1B worker readers are interested in speaking with the media about unfair treatment by an H-1B bodyshop, please submit a comment to attorney-blog author Michael Brown below or email me at mbrown@dvglawpartner.com.  With your permission, I could put you in contact with a reporter who is planning a major news story […]

H-1B Cap Exhausted. Who Is Affected? What Can You Do Now?

Our readers have probably seen all the headlines in the last few days about the H-1B cap being reached in the first week this year, the first time since 2008. For most of you, this story will not affect you, other than it being an indicator of a recovering economy. Those of you who already […]

Recent Arrest of Officials of H-1B Employer/Bodyshop

As detailed in this article from www.itbusinessedge.com, officials of Dibon Solutions, a sponsor employer of H-1B visa workers, were recently arrested by Federal authorities for criminal charges for conspiracy to commit visa fraud and wire fraud. The Federal indictment was filed under seal on February 20, 2013 with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of […]

Indianapolis News Station Report About Our H-1B Worker Class Action Versus Access Therapies

An Indianapolis TV station, ABC-affiliate RTV6, recently released a published news report and video about a case the attorney-authors are working on, Panwar et. al. v. Access Therapies et. al. This federal class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of a proposed class of H-1B workers against Access Therapies, Inc., RN Staff Inc. d/b/a Rehability […]

H-1B Visas for Start Ups? USCIS Sending Mixed Messages for Entrepreneurs

A common question among H-1B holders is whether they can start their own company and work for it, rather than for an existing employer. The answer is: It depends. It depends on your degree, the nature of the company you want to create, your experience and expertise, the capitalization of your proposed business, your country […]

India EB-2 October Priority Date Predicted to Be 2006; Older than Hoped

More bad news for Indian EB-2 category green card hopefuls – the long-awaited Oct 1 release of the new priority date for filing applications is estimated to be for a much older date of 2006, rather than the previously predicted 2007, liaison officers of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced this week. Worse, the […]

Beat the Cap: Alternatives to the H-1B Visa

The run on H-1Bs using up the allotment for new visas for this year has left many scrambling for an alternative authorization to live and work in the United States until more H-1Bs become available again next year. In this article, we discuss alternatives to the H-1B visa for those who cannot apply for an […]

IT Staffing Company Agrees to Pay Up For Firing Employee Who Complained About H-1B Hiring Discrimination

A few weeks ago we wrote about a legal complaint against an H-1B body-shop employer that highlighted a unique process for American citizens or green-card holders to contest unscrupulous employers who exploit the H-1B program. In our prior story, we discussed the complaint process within the Department of Justice (DOJ), in which American citizens and green […]

H-1B Body Shop Ordered To Pay More Than $740,000 in Back Wages

An H-1B IT body shop in Georgia was ordered to pay $741,288 in back wages to 73 employees who were unlawfully benched or required to pay visa and application processing fees. The Department of Labor ordered Semafor Technologies LLC in Norcross to pay the back wages following an investigation into allegations of its unlawful practices. […]

Guilty Plea For H-1B Scam Targeting Student Visa Holders; Beware of More Scams With H-1B Quota Cap

  A U.S. employer’s representative has pleaded guilty to running an H-1B visa scam targeting foreign students whose visas were set to expire and who apparently were seeking a follow-on employer sponsor who would enable them to remain in the United States and work.  The employer representative, Srinivas Doppalapudi, 45,  a U.S. permanent resident originally from India, pleaded […]