Teachers on H1-B visa program working for Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public School system are in limbo situation per the fines and penalties imposed by U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division. The school system violated wage requirements for H1-B visa programs and agreed to pay $4 million penalty. In addition to penalty the public school system is paying civil penalty of $100,000 and be debarred for two years using immigration programs like H1-B visa.
As a result the immigrant teachers from countries like Chile, Colombia, India and the Caribbean are barred from getting H1-B visa extensions and as well forgo their employment based greencard applications. The sad situation looks like will effect more than 1000 immigrant teachers.
The mistake by the employer (Maryland’s Prince George’s County Public School) is costing employees (H1-B Visa teachers)
H-1B regulations require that employers pay certain fees that cannot be passed on to the H-1B employee, including the $500 anti-fraud fee and the $1,500 (or $750 for small employers) ACWIA fee, which is used to train U.S. workers.