Foreign Teachers Settlement Reached In Prince George’s County, Maryland

Posted on July 9th, 2011, by Jennifer Varughese in Immigration Law. Comments Off on Foreign Teachers Settlement Reached In Prince George’s County, Maryland

According to a Washington Post article, in a huge blow to the public schools of Prince George’s County, Maryland, a settlement between the County and the Department of Labor will end recruitment of teachers from overseas, particularly the Philippines, for the next two years. The settlement results from a federal finding that the school district recruited overseas teachers to come to the U.S. and work on H-1B visas, but failed to pay requisite legal and filing fees, instead forcing the teachers to cover all fees. The overall aftermath of the settlement will be staggering: the County must pay $4.2 million in back wages, 161 current teachers will lose their jobs and visa status, and more terminations are likely.

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Jennifer S. Varughese is the lead immigration attorney at Livesay & Myers, P.C. Her immigration law practice covers both family-based and employment-based green cards, temporary visas, adjustment of status for those already present in the country, citizenship, and deportation cases. Ms. Varughese has been recognized for her work in the area of the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.

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