Archive for the tag 'H1B'

Benched A Long Time? Still Stay In Regular Contact With H-1B Employer

Image by iBrow via Flickr If you are an H-1B worker who has been benched for months and months, despite your best efforts to find a project, you may find yourself  communicating less and less with your H-1B employer.  Maybe you’ve even stopped contact altogether. Please know you should not reduce communications with your H-1B […]

H-1B Employee Tip: What To Do When Your Employer Refuses To Give You Your H-1B Documents

Question: I have no immigration and/or employment documents because my employer refuses to give them to me. What can I do? This question is typical among H1-B employees. Some H-1B employers withhold key documents such as the Labor Certification Application (LCA) and other H-1B related documentation, even the H-1B approval notice.  Sometimes, employers do so […]

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 […]

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.

Link of Note: “5 Questions That Will Change Your Life”

H-1B employees and everyone else should check out this outstanding post by Professional Life Coach Tim Brownson: “5 Questions That Will Change Your Life.”  Mr. Brownson arms readers with 5 questions that you should ask when facing any important life decision- I should note, these questions directly apply to any H-1B employment dispute or litigation […]

Will I Be Deported If I Complain Against My H-1B Employer?

You know your employer is violating the law. Perhaps, he has benched you with no pay; is paying you less than the required wage; has you sending out resumes instead of writing a computer program. So why do H-1B employees put up with this situation? One of the main reasons an H-1B employee tolerates exploitation […]

5 Reasons Why an H-1B Employer Would Want to Reach Settlement With An Underpaid Employee

If your H-1B employer (or former H-1B employer) underpaid your wages, you may be interested in complaining to the employer or pursuing legal action, but worried about what may happen to you. You may be worried that, if you complain about unpaid wages, you may lose your H-1B status, and be subject to deportation.  These […]