Fil teachers seem out of options to stay in US

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

April 16, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Over a hundred Filipino teachers in Maryland may soon lose their American dream after their employer announced it is highly unlikely to continue their work visas.

The school system in Prince George County sent letters to about 150 foreign teachers — most of them from the Philippines — which said that the district no longer plans to continue its plans to sponsor their temporary work visas or permanent residency.

A spokesperson for the district told the Washington Post that the school district has no plans to sponsor any foreign teachers before the end of the summer, and will do so if it’s absolutely necessary.

The Prince George school system has hired foreign teachers for decades to address a shortage in positions covering math, special education and science subjects.

But in the past, the district has also been investigated for its controversial foreign hiring program.

In 2011, the US Department of Labor fined the school system over $1.7 million and forced it to pay $4.2 million in back wages to more than one thousand teachers.

Authorities also found that these teachers paid fees they shouldn’t have paid.

In an interview with Balitang America via Skype, David Leopold of the American Immigration Lawyers Association said forcing the Prince George school system to maintain the teachers’ work visas cannot be done.

“The H1B visa holder is at the pleasure of the employer,” Leopold explained. “If the employer terminates that, then they can lose their job.”

He added: “The average H1B visa holder who gets laid off is out of luck. They have to leave the country.”

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  • JRB
    16 April 2014 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    It’s very sad for the 150 foreign teachers that will lose they jobs. Sorry to hear that most of the teachers is from the Philippines that will lose they work visas, and will have to return to the Philippines.

  • filam
    16 April 2014 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    The teachers knew it was temporary work visa. There are a lot of unemployed American teachers

  • Kikay Pang0
    17 April 2014 at 3:12 am - Reply

    No proud Tax payer parents in Prince George County would like to hear their child start singing Tagalog alphabets instead of Star Spangled Banner ….. I promote NO TO TPS !!!!!

    • cat_idiot
      17 April 2014 at 6:03 am - Reply

      that TPS campaign puts my application on hold……pero isa lang ako, and i care more for Hundreds of thousand Filipinos who might get benefited from it….SO I PUSH FOR “TPS”

    • tsak
      17 April 2014 at 4:11 pm - Reply

      They are not teaching kids Filipino. lol. They are following the prescribed curriculum. SMH.

  • cat_idiot
    17 April 2014 at 5:56 am - Reply

    very saddening, and TPS cant be seen nowhere……

  • Mario
    19 April 2014 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    The teachers from the PH knew it, from the time upon arrival into US, that their work H1B visa will be terminated, the only way to stay here is in the US is to marry a US citizen….

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