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H1B Visa – Not paying your employee, think again!

We often receive calls from frustrated employees on H1B visas complaining that employers are not paying them the required wages. Many are about to loose their jobs and want to learn more abot their rights.

The DOL’s Administrative Review Board recently addressed what circumstances constitute termination of employment for purposes of the employer’s H-1B obligations.

In its analysis of the case, Amtel Group of Florida v. Yongmahapakorn, the Board ruled that the employer had not effected a bona fide termination of its H-1B employee, because there was “no evidence that employer notified the USCIS that it had terminated (the H-1B employee) and that employer provided (the H-1B employee) with payment for her transportation home.”
As a result, the Board decided that the employer was not justified in withholding the salary otherwise due to the employee. The Board then ordered the employer to pay the prevailing wage for the employee until the expiration of the authorized period of stay for H-1B employment. This is an important precedent for employers to keep in mind when considering termination of H-1B workers. H1B workers are just like any other worker and deserve to be treated fairly.


As a result, the Board decided that the employer was not justified in withholding the salary otherwise due to the employee. The Board then ordered the employer to pay the prevailing wage for the employee until the expiration of the authorized period of stay for H-1B employment. This is an important precedent for employers to keep in mind when considering termination of H-1B workers.