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is it legal to pay for my H1B petition

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i have an H1B visa because my employer sponsored me to stay in the states. i signed a contract that if i leave without the agreed amount of years thats in the contract i have to pay 35000$. now i have my green card through marriage and i want to quit. can they really sue me for the 35000$ if i payed all the petition fee myself?

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I wonder if you have added a 0.

This is America, anybody can sue anybody for anything.


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I believe your early termination clause does not reflect your immigration status

DId you receive a signing bonus? Perhaps that is what you have to pay back if you leave. My husband, a USC, has a similar clause in his contract and yes they can sue you

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I am guessing you had a typo with and extra "0" but if it is in the contract and signed by both parties yes they can sue you for the amount.

You signed the contract when you wanted to be in US and wanted the H1 now your needs are over does not mean you can abandon the contract.

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i have an H1B visa because my employer sponsored me to stay in the states. i signed a contract that if i leave without the agreed amount of years thats in the contract i have to pay 35000$. now i have my green card through marriage and i want to quit. can they really sue me for the 35000$ if i payed all the petition fee myself?

If you signed a contract to that effect, in most cases, yes. Did you have a lawyer review the contract before you signed it?

Have you had an attorney check the contract for an early termination clause? If they terminate you do you still need to pay?

If you truly want to leave, I suggest you speak to an attorney to review the contract to let you know what they think. Your work may settle for a smaller payout figure, or they may be a clause that works for you seeing you are actually no-longer a H1B visa holder.

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