I am currently on a R1 visa and my family is on a R2 visa. I am working and staying in a religious organization which has transferred my tourist visa to R1. My work conditions are extremely poor and I have not been given what I was promised. My wife has been asked to work all day for free too. We work for 10-18 hours per day and I receive 700 per month. When we asked them to apply the second step, i360, they said they won't until 3-4 years from now. Now, they have asked us to leave this place in the next 15 days.
Employment is at will but consult with an employment law attorney. Also consult with an immigration attorney about possible T visas.
You might consult an employment attorney about contract obligations. You may also contact DOL wage and hour to see if you have minimum wages available. You should seek other employment as soon as possible. You will be out of status as of your last day at work.
Immediately contact a "Wrongful Termination" lawyer by using Avvo's "find a lawyer" feature. Also contact DOL's "Wage and Hour" division, they will be happy to hear from you. You may also want to explore the possibility of a "U" visa as a victim of sort of crime, should that "religious organization" come out to be a "cult".. In the meantime, also try to find alternative employment ASAP, for you were already told, you will be "out of status" as of the very first day your employment is terminated.
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