Leaving company after GC

Jul 7 17 Comments

I consider myself privileged my company filed Green Card paperwork on time and received my permanent residency. My deal with my manager was I would finish the project which will be delivered next month. However, with the HR and on the paper, I have signed a contract and I have to stay with the company until next year. Since I have completed my project, I would like to find opportunities at other companies.

What are possible repercussions if I decide to leave the job? On the contract, it says if I leave the company early I would pay back the company the GC cost including filing fees and lawyer expenses. Is there anything I need to be aware of?

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  • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
    If trump is serious then you should be charged with immigration fraud. Gc presumes an intent to work for an employer permanently. Your gc should be terminated and you should be thrown out back where you came from
    Jul 7 10
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      You also need to learn the concept of good face. A lot of immigrants come from countries where it doesn’t exist in the legal practice and morals. I’m not blaming them but they must learn what trust is and how it makes everyone’s life better when not broken
      Jul 7
    • Symantec yellow_
      It's "good faith", you moron. Learn the actual term before spouting your bullshit.
      Jul 7
    • OP
      I am not sure why my good faith is being questioned here. I have served the company as agreed and delivered the project as promised. The only reason why I am thinking of moving is because I felt push back from management knowing that I can’t leave the company because of the contract. When it comes to GC application, it was a fully bonafied offer and a good faith on my part as well as demonstrated by years of employment with the company in tech field where average retention rate is no more than 2 years.
      Jul 7
    • E*Trade / Finance cbEV72
      You wrote that you had agreed to work until the project ends, and you held the same intent when signing papers while the papers didn’t mention any period. That’s why I claim that you didn’t have goid faith while signing papers.
      Jul 7
    • OP
      The papers mentioned a definite years. The project was expected to take more than originally planned but we got it done earlier than expected. By the way, I am researching my options and haven’t left the company. There is nothing wrong with researching a bit and see where one stands.
      Jul 7
  • you just pay back the money. That being said some lawyers would recommend staying at least a couple of months before leaving if the new job description will be different than your perm. It may come up when it is time to renew the gc in 10 years, thay say.
    Jul 7 2
    • OP
      I am with the company for 1 year now after receiving the GC.
      Jul 7
    • Pay up and you can leave as far as I understand then. Probably like 10k or so. Perhaps more if they did prem processing.
      Jul 7
  • Workday Whatday?
    If you signed a contract, then you have to work thru the entire period unless both sides agree to terminate the contract early. It's that simple.
    Jul 7 1
    • OP
      Thanks. So basically it comes to paying back the money if I decide to quit. I was also worried if there were any issues when comes to immigration laws.
      Jul 7
  • Amazon bMrd67
    Try to get an offer first.
    Jul 7 0