The outcome of the federal investigation into Garland ISD's H1-B program, which recruited dozens of bilingual teachers from foreign countries and is now sending many of them back, is uncertain. But if past federal H1-B cases involving school districts are any indication, it could cost the district. Big time.
There are two issues at play here. One is the headline-grabbing one in which teachers, who were promised help getting a green card, are denied permanent residency and have to go back to their home country.
This one is largely outside a school district's control. The H1-B is a nonimmigrant visa, carrying no promises that the holder will be allowed to stay beyond the six-year maximum. School districts can apply for permanent residency on behalf of their foreign employees, and they can, and often do, appeal the inevitable rejection to the Office of Administrative Law Judges (Garland ISD has 37 appeals on file; Dallas ISD has 211), though the chances of success are "pretty low," according to immigration attorney Eugene Flynn.More »