If I quit my job while my H1B is pending, do I need to reimburse my company?
Hello all. Foreign student currently working on OPT at a US consulting firm. I applied for H1B earlier this year, and was selected, however have received an RFE so currently waiting on that (no approval yet).
In the meantime, I have been having some personal family issues back home, which has caused a lot of anxiety and stress for me. I have decided that I want to leave the country and move back home - however, I'm not sure about how best to approach this with my employer. In our handbook, it states that if an employee leaves the first within a year of receiving H1B, they are responsible for reimbursing the company 50% of the associated fees.
A few questions - 1) Is this legal? I've come across a lot of materials online that seem to suggest employers cannot do so.
2) Does the policy differ in the case of a pending H1B or if you are not leaving for another US employer but are leaving the country?
3) Do you have any tips for how to approach this situation?
Any other thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you!