Cabelas Visa has been accused of overcharging Canadian applicants by $200,000 per visa application and then refusing to refund the money, but the company says it’s actually working hard to help people who need it.
The company has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a federal complaint, according to a filing in the U.S. Supreme Court of Appeals in New York City.
The settlement includes a $200 credit towards the cost of a $300 Visa Visa application fee.
The company said in a statement that it has since revised its website to reflect the settlement.
Cabelas says it has a “tough-to-find-” list of applications for the H-2B visa, but it says it is working with its partners in Canada to provide help to Canadians who are in dire need.
Cabinet minister Maryam Monsef said the settlement “helps people who are trying to get visas to enter Canada, but also helps people who can’t afford the application process or the fees.”
Monsef told reporters Friday that while she hopes the settlement will help the H1-B program “be more competitive,” she’s also concerned about the fairness of the program and the potential for abuse.
She said it would not be possible for a company to “get away with doing what they did.”
“I’m disappointed that they have taken this action, but we’re hopeful that it will change,” Monseff said.
The Department of Homeland Security announced last year that it was looking into the program after a Globe and Mail investigation found that the H2-B visa program was not working for Canadians.
The government has since changed its position on H-4 visas, which are issued to people who have studied in Canada for at least three years.
The lawsuit also accuses the company of denying applications for a job opportunity because of a history of unpaid student loans.
The lawsuit says Cabela’s “response to a complaint in December 2016, stating that it did not discriminate on the basis of immigration status or a person’s past immigration status, was inconsistent with the law.”