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That's One Expensive Cut of Meat

October 27, 2014 (1 min read)

When you pay your bill at a restaurant, you are paying for the food, the employees' wages, the real estate, taxes, and more.  But when you settle up at Fogo de Chao, you are also paying for lawyers, judges and bureaucrats to fight over the visa for a chef from Brazil.

In 2010 the Brazilian steakhouse chain petitioned to USCIS for an L-1B (specialized knowledge intracompany transferee) visa to bring a chef to the U.S., as it had done successfully over 200 times before.  But this time, USCIS said no.  Since then, the case has been on appeal to the AAO, federal district court, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and now back to USCIS.  Four years, several judges, many lawyers and bureaucrats.  How much did all of that cost both sides?

Check, please.