US Immigration Questions

  1. Thursday, 9...
    Question: I am staying here in the US from last 4 years 10 months and have I-140 approved (Received approval Jun '17). To fulfill personal commitments, I am going back to India in Dec '17 for some time however my H1B extension is still in progress (Filed in Aug '17). I am not sure whether the result will be out before my travel. My question is -<br> 1. If I change the employer in India, is there any way I can come back? What all options I will have?<br> 2. Can my new employer eligible to transfer my H1B from India in case current extension gets approved or RFE or Denial?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Effect of moving abroad while still on H-1B visa

    Video Transcript

    1. Yes, I think you can keep that H-1B alive as long as that job is there.

    2. Yes, as long as you have an H-1B approved in the last six years you can always transfer over to another employer and if your I-140 is approved for 180 days or more which in your case would be from June to December. So next year onwards you are entitled to have H-1 extensions through any employer as long as your I-140 remains unrevoked for 180 days. I don't see a problem you can have a transfer from India itself. More...

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  2. Tuesday, 7...
    Question: I got a speeding ticket ( It is not related to DUI and no arrest, just a ticket) recently. I didn’t contest the ticket and plead guilty by paying fine of 170$, I have receipt of payment. Do I have to wait for another 5 years from the date I got a ticket (Good moral character period of 5 yrs as per USCIS) to apply for US citizenship to show good moral character?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Effect of a speeding ticket on green card or naturalization/citizenship

    Video Transcript

    If you have a traffic violation which is not a crime such as speeding, but not reckless driving, speeding but not driving while intoxicated these traffic offenses are no issue for a green card. But if you get too many of them like if you get ten speeding tickets in a couple of years that can become an issue for your naturalization because the government says you are irresponsible as it is a question of your good moral character which is a requirement for naturalization. Hence, generally speaking, a single ticket is no problem. More...

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  3. Tuesday, 7...
    Question: I am now in the last stage of Green card and attending interview in Consulate in India for Employment based green card interview.<br> I have the recent offer letter from my employer. I saw from your 2012 blog you have mentioned that the employment based consular interview is difficult from foreign country consulate with some example. Has it improved anything better recently. What type of questions can I expect. Also I have recently relocated to another city in India because of which I have resigned my current job and at the same time waiting for this green card. I have not worked with the prospective employer till now but have the offer with recent date. So did not try for any job. I am an experienced person of 15 yrs exp and just out of job for the past 5 months. Will that hurt anything? Do I need to have one on one consultation with attorney better to be safe?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: What type of questions can be asked in consular or adjustment of status interview for employment based applicants

    Video Transcript

    There are three things they are going to be looking at - your past, present and your future in my view. They want to make sure you have nothing in your past that stops adjustment of status.  Government is looking for immigration violation or anything else that could disqualify you from adjustment of status. You're present they would like to know where your working, what is your job, what job are you currently doing, do you know the details of your job things like that and the future is what is your intention about the green card, do you intend to join the employer whether if it is a present employer do you want to continue working with them, these are questions they could ask. More...

     

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  4. Thursday, 2...
    Question: In the USCIS Visa bulletin along with the Dates of Filing chart for Employment-based Category the following there is a link to visa bulletin info <br> Purpose of this link:<br> This page will tell if the Dates of Filing for Employment-based chart is valid or not. If it refers back to visa availability dates chart for Employment-based Category then Dates for Filing of Employment-based Category is no longer valid for the current month of publication of USCIS Visa bulletin.
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: How to read the visa bulletin?

    Video Transcript:

    Visa Bulletin is a statistical projection based upon rules of statistics as well the law. There are laws as to how many visas you can allocate each trimester or quarter. There are many things to be considered in a visa bulletin. Hence visa bulletin is merely a projection. It is not accurate. Normally you will use the dates for filing visa application chart, but USCIS will indicate on that page that sometimes you can use application final action dates. 

    The way it works is let's say your date is current in December. Visa bulletin gets published 15 days into the month, so by November 10  to 15 you have got your dates for the next month. Remember your adjustment of status applications should not get there before December 1st. You have all of the month of November to file your application. Dates remain current for the whole month.

    Regarding your question normally you will file according to the visa bulletin dates unless the USCIS website shows that the final action dates are different and those are the dates you can use.

     
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  5. Tuesday, 31...
    Question: Right now I'm in USA on B1 visa. I came last week 1st Oct 2017. Got the stamp for 6 months (i94 expires on Mar 31, 2018). This is the 3rd time I'm traveling to the US on B1. Below are the previous trip details.<br> Aug 02 2014 To Sep 28 2014, May 03 2015 To Jun 15 2015,3) Oct 1 2017 To till date (Nov 11 2017). Now my company wants to file L-1B petition for me. The employer is ready to file an application for L-1B in the USA if it is legitimate.<br> 1) Now I'm already in the US, so Is there a process to get my L-1B without going back to my country (India)? Is B-1 to L-1B is a complex process? Is there any complication(s) if I put my petition in USA?<br> 2) What will be the time frame to get L-1B?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video for this FAQ: Changing status from tourist or business visa (B1 or B2) within the United States

    Video Transcript

    1. You should go to your home country or a third country. You can go to Canada or Mexico. B-1 and B-2 are not complex if you qualify. L-1B's are very difficult to get. Specialized knowledge employee is very difficult to get but if you qualify not a problem. 

    2. Regarding time frame you can always apply through premium processing and within a few weeks, you should get your adjudication done.  More 

     

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  6. Friday, 27...
    Question: I was on H-4 visa from Feb 2014 till Dec 2015. I was on H-1 visa from Dec 2015 to April 2017. In April my H-1B transfer got denied. Hence I applied for change of status from here (April 15 2017) and now my H-4 application is under process. In Dec 2016 (while I was on H-1B visa), I had applied for GC in EB2 category with my employer. My employer told me that my labor has been approved.<br> 1: Is there a website where we can check the status of labor if it has been approved?<br> 2: When can I file for I-140? Is it true that it has to be filed within 180 days of labor approval?<br> 3: Can my GC application continue whilst being on H-4 visa? <br> 4. Does the GC process, at any stage, require the applicant to be on H-1 visa?<br> 5: I am planning to start Canada PR procedure. Will my GC application interfere with Canada PR at any point?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video of this FAQ: Applying for green card while holding H-4 status; applying for green card and permanent

    residence for another country simultaneously

    Video Transcript:

    1. You have to go through your lawyer or your employer. You won't have access to it, but definitely, there is a website.

    2. Within 180 days of the labor approval.

    3. Yes of course. 

    4. It does not. 

    5. I don't see any problem with it, I know that at the border the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sees that you have got two permanent residence applications going on sometimes they can raise a stink about it but in my opinion that's completely unjustified. More...

     

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  7. Wednesday,...
    Question: My H1B (6 years) was from 10/1/2004 - 9/30/2010 from 5 different companies. Company A - PD(EB3) - Jun 19, 2007, I-140 applied on July 9, 2007, I-485 filed July 17, 2007 - got laid off Oct 31, 2008. - I-140 approved on Dec 29, 2008. Moved to Canada in July 2012 and became Canadian Citizen in Apr 2017. I have been keeping Advance Parole active by visiting the USA every year. Now I want to add my family in Canada(wife(Indian Citizen with USA visitors visa) and kid(Canadian Citizen)). Do you recommend AOS for myself and Consular Processing for my family?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Pros and cons of adjustment of status and consular processing for green card

    Video Transcript:

    You have got your I-485 filed and that's a good thing and you kept it alive by keeping your advance parole alive, but you need a job offer and you need to file Supplement J. So if you want to take advantage of AC21 you have to move over to a new employer get a new job offer and use Supplement J to indicate to the USCIS that you are going through another employer. You have two choices. You can split the green card. You going through adjustment of status, you enter the USA with your Advance Parole and you file form I-824 for your family to go through green card processing through consular processing in Canada. So you can either bring them all in on an H-1/H-4 type visa or you can do your adjustment of status and let them do their consular processing.You should not convert yourself to consular processing that could probably end in the loss of a green card. You are taking advantage of AC21 which as far as I know is available only in adjustment of status. It is not available in consular processing. Hence adjustment of status for you and consular processing for your family makes sense. More...

     

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  8. Monday, 23...
    Question: I had been travelling to the US on a tourist visa for all my life, in 2008 I had to travel out of the country and when I returned to the US, in the Minneapolis checkpoint they found a pay stub from my work which I obviously shouldn't have had since I didn't have a work permit, they took away my tourist visa and made me sign what looked like a "voluntary departure" or "refusal of entry" I really can't remember exactly the term that I signed and was returned to MX the next day. <br> My questions are:<br> 1. Is there a website where I can see if I was penalized? <br> 2. Will I be able to solicit another tourist visa? <br> 3. If the answer to the above question is yes, given the political climate, do you think it is a good idea to go through the whole process again or would it just be a waste of money?<br> 4. My father has become a US citizen, I'm unmarried, can he request citizenship for me or residency? approximately how long is the process?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Immigration consequences of a denial of entry at the airport

    Video Transcript:

    1. You can file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and or USCIS and see what information they have on you and within a few months they should be able to give you a copy of your document everything that they have on you and this doesn't cost you anything.

    2. Do remember tourist visa is not a guarantee. The consular officer could refuse you a tourist visa for many reasons, so even if the fact that you worked without authorization on a previous time is long gone the prior bad history could be used to deny you another tourist visa.

    3. As long as you don't lie about anything, by all means, you can try.

    4. You have to go through green card and it takes many, many years. So if you go to the visa bulletin there is a category for unmarried children of US citizens and it takes several years. More...

     

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  9. Friday, 20...
    Question: My question is about the latest news regarding H4-EAD. I understand that DHS has asked for abeyance until 30 Dec, 2017. USCIS and DHS is evaluating the H4- EAD rule in accordance with the Presidential "Buy American, Hire American" policy. DHS will refocus its review of the H4 rule to ensure that it meets the newly announced priorities and to decide whether to undertake a new rule making concerning the H4 rule and comply with the Presidents Order. <br> Please find this note requesting you to explain in layman terms what this could mean for the H4-EAD holders.
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Status of H-4 EAD litigation/suit

    Video Transcript:

    Right now, according to the government, this lawsuit pertains to regulations that may not be relevant because the government may decide to overrule these regulations with some new regulations.

    What would the new regulations state we don't know yet as the possibilities are several. The government could end up modifying the rule, narrowing it or could end up totally rescinding that rule and of course if you have to rescind a regulation I don't know of doing it other than going through the rulemaking process again.

    So that would probably take a few months and my guess would be in order to keep the exit from the regulations if there is indeed an exit orderly the government will probably provide some months grace period for closure on the H-4 EAD's. So right now that's what we know. More...

     

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  10. Thursday,...
    Question: What are the requirements to get a visa and green card as an international entrepreneur? Is the start-up visa effective?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Current immigration/visa options for entrepreneurs

    Video Transcript

    A few options for Entrepreneurial Visas:

    You could come in on E visa, H visa, O visa or TN visa and eventually get a green card based upon various other options including EB-1A if you are extraordinary qualified individual or EB-5 if you are making the required amount of investment and creating the jobs necessary under the rule. 

    You can also come in through L-1A if you have a foreign company you have worked outside for that company for at least one year as an executive or managerial employee, you can start a company or buy a company in the United States and transfer yourself or your key managerial employees or employee to the USA. L-1 is the fastest way of getting a green card because L-1 is potentially processed within a few weeks because you can file premium processing and once you are in the USA you can file a EB-1 based green card which will get you seen through the process normally within a year, sometimes as little as three to five months. More ...


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  11. Wednesday,...
    Question: Having plans to travel to India in last week of Sept 17 and with my visa stamp on passport expiring on 1st Sept 2017, need to go for visa interview & when I am filling my DS-160, came across the question : Have you ever been unlawfully present, overstayed the amount of time granted by an immigration official or otherwise violated the terms of a U.S. visa? Considering the above situation, could you please help with what to answer Yes/No. If Yes, what comments to be written in the EXPLAIN BOX .
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Status and unlawful presence questions in the form DS-160

    Video Transcript

    This is a very generic statement. Do not depend on this as the last word on the subject. Generally speaking, the following two or three rules should be kept in mind. First of all, if you are ever in doubt you are better off saying yes, I was out of status and yes, I was unlawfully present and let the consulate deal with that issue. If you are not in fact not out of status and you are not unlawfully present there is no issue, but if you were out of status or lawfully present and you don't reveal that it can be construed to be fraud or misrepresentation which then becomes a permanent bar from entering the United States. It is a very painful situation. If you tell the truth, no issue.  More...

     

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  12. Tuesday, 19...
    Question: Example Scenario: H1-B EB3. Candidate is in US for 10 years and extending his H1-B using approved I-140.<br> If a Candidate’s Priority Date is Current can the Candidate file I-485 after 4 years of the Priority Date being Current? Is it allowed without problems? Is there any specific limitation on the timing of filing (like I-485 should be filed within a specific time period after the priority date becoming current)
    Answer:

    Watch Video on this FAQ: Are there any time limits on how late an I-485 can be filed after the priority dates become current?

    Video Transcript:

    There is no law that requires you to file the I-485 right away, but there could be some issues about H-1 extensions. You will certainly not be able to get three year H-1 visa extensions. Of course, you can work on EAD. More...

     

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  13. Tuesday, 19...
    Question: We are being informed that EB-5 investments in regional centers are now possible until December. The date has been extended. <br> 1) Is this true?<br> 2) Given that a green card is available years after the initial investment, in the current volatile immigration climate, how safe is an EB-5 ?
    Answer:

    True. The EB-5, the religious visa programs and Conrad 30 waives for foreign physicians have been extended until 8 December 2017 pursuant to H.R. 601 – Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017.

    Green card through EB-5 category continues to be an option for a specific category of investors,  who have the money ($500,000 pr $1M) to invest. Under the US Constitution, the government cannot make laws that change vested rights retroactively. Therefore, if you have already invested and filed your EB-5 papers, I don't see why you need to worry about subsequent changes in the law.

    Everyone with a running business outside the United States should seriously consider first the EB-1C category, which is considerably more attractive than EB-5 for several reasons. EB- 1C does not require a specific amount of investment, it requires instead only a business in the United States that is a subsidiary, branch, parent or affiliate of a foreign corporation transferring an executive or a managerial level employee to the United States. The managerial or executive employee receives an L-1A visa within a few weeks and can get a green card within a few months.

  14. Wednesday,...
    Question: I went to the US in May 2014 on H1-B working for Employer A. In Feb 2016, I moved to work for Employer B (small US based company, on other offices) with H1-B transfer receipt. The new job was remote work, so I started working from home for Employer B. I received RFE in April 2016 and I went to India the same month. While I was in India, the transfer got approved in June 2016 and I came back to the US with the approval notice as proof. My visa was getting expired in Sep 2016, so extension was filed with Employer B. The extension also got approved after RFE and extended till Sep 2019. <br> Current Situation:<br> Now, I came to India in Jan 2017 for my marriage. I went for visa stamping in Delhi with my wife (for H4) in Feb 2017. The visa officer asked me about my Role, client, and other common questions which I answered correctly. VO then collected my documents (I-129, client letter etc) and handed me 221(g) letter saying that he needs some time to review the documents. We left the embassy and the wait started. In March 2017, I received an email from embassy asking for the latest LCA which I promptly provided. After that there was no response for a few months, and I started working from India in US hours. Since my employer is a small company, they did not hire any attorney and did the processing themselves. They also did not seem to put any effort to expedite or help the process. In July 2017 (after 5 months), I received a call to collect the passport. On collecting the passport, the stamping was not done and I received a letter stating that my stamping is being refused and visa is sent to consulate for revocation. This came as a shock. I notified my employer, they were disappointed and did not know what can be done about this case. When I enquired, they said they don't want to spend more resources on this case and are fine with me continue working from India (reduced salary). <br>1. Is it possible to have the case reconsidered and to know the exact reason for refusal? If yes, how would I go about it without the support of my employer?<br> 2. If this is only for stamping, how long will my extended visa be valid? Can I try the stamping again with this employer or find a new employer from India and use the same visa with them?<br> 3. What happens to my assets (personal stuff, bank accounts, etc) in US?<br> 4. If I can legally work for the same employer, how does it affect my taxes? Do I now pay taxes in India and in US both? Since when I can be considered liable to pay tax in India (when I came to India or stamping refusal date etc)?
    Answer:

    Watch Video on this  FAQ: What are the options of an H-1B visa denied and a petition sent for revocation?

    Video Transcript

    1. Not until a notice of intent to revoke is sent.

    2. This case is going back to USCIS. 

    3. You can always get the assets back. You can try getting a tourist visa that's one way to do it. Second is to send somebody a power of attorney. You can get together with lawyers of the state where your assets are and get a proper power of attorney made out in the name of a friend. They can take care of it for you.

    4. I guess in India the answer is yes. But you don't have to pay taxes both in India, as usual, there is a relief available for people in your situation, but I am not a tax expert, you need to talk to a Chartered Accountant in India.  More...

     

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  15. Tuesday, 12...
    Question: Back in 2007 I started dating my now ex husband back in high school. In 2010 we got married, we were 18 at the time. The Process was estressful because the IO thought we got married for the papers, we had 30 days to prove it was a bonafide marriage, we hired a lawyer, sent the proof, waited for a long time, finally got the permanent green card after 2 years. A month after he left, he said wasn't happy anymore, we didn't get a divorce but 5 months later I met someone, and then 3 months after I got pregnant, my ex and I ended up getting a divorce in December 2016. Could they use it against me applying now for my citizenship after being a resident for 5 years? Could they use that they thought it was fraud before (even though it was proven otherwise) against me because of everything that happened after(us separating, him leaving, me getting pregnant)?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Denial of naturalization/citizenship applications - the new trend

    Video Transcript

    Under the Trump administration, I am noticing there has been a much higher incidence of naturalization applications getting denied for some. Some of them are very odd reasons. I will discuss three cases so that you folks can share and be mindful before you file naturalization application. 

    One was an employee who had been a green card holder for six or seven years and applied for naturalization and government denied his naturalization saying that when we approved your I-485 we should not have approved it because you were working in a place where you were not authorized to work without getting a proper amendment back in 1998. So, they have gone back so many years to say that because of that your green card was approved in error. According to them, It should not have been approved and they were not going to give naturalization. The interesting thing is that I had told them that I had represented the company that was being hauled up for fraud only to the extent that I wanted to negotiate upon the employer’s request with the US attorney's office so that the employees don't get hurt because none of the employees was implicated in any of the allegedly fraudulent dealings. But I was not able to convince the USCIS. We could get the US Attorney's office on our side and make them see that these employees do not need to suffer. So, the result is several years later somebody’s notice is being denied.  The problem being if USCIS can deny naturalization by stating there was an error in the green card application they can also go after the green card. That could be the next logical step and that's what worries me and that's highly unfair. Of course, we are going to take up the case and fight it for these folks. 

    The second case being the employer signed a Form 9089. According to the government that was fraudulent because they failed to disclose the relationship of the employee with the CEO of the employer.  The lawyer had told them that this is a far-removed relationship it’s not immediate family so you can say “no” to the Form 9089 question where it says, “are you related to the employee under the green card process” and they said “no” and their notice is being denied because government says you lied on that form. Again, we would be able to fight this case.

    The third case is order. People have lived here for 15 to 17 years. Everybody in the family is a citizen, the lady of the house who is not a citizen yet applied for naturalization but in the meantime, husband got a great temporary job offer outside the United States and the government says you are going to lose your green card. They have just moved recently and I don't see how they can do that. I don't see how it is questionable, and it is outrageous, but we must be prepared for the new paradigm of immigration law. 

    So, when you go for naturalization I strongly advise you to please discuss your background with a competent counsel. More...

     

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  16. Tuesday, 5...
    Question: I am currently working on H1B visa, My current visa stamping is via my previous employer (Employer A) and valid till September 2017 and my I-797 is via my current employer (Employer B) ,its valid till August 2018. I have few queries regarding my new H1B visa stamping and I-94. <br> 1. Can I get my visa stamped in CANADA or any other country nearby to USA without revisiting INDIA.<br> 2. Am I eligible for drop box option for my new stamping as my current stamping is via my previous employer. <br> 3. I can see also my I-94 expiring is September 2017. Do I need to reach out to USCIS to update it, in order to maintain my status.
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: H-1B visa stamping in Canada or Mexico; importance of I-94

    Video Transcript

    1. You can get your visa stamped in any country which is called Third Country National (TCN) processing. It is a good idea to check with them beforehand. Sometimes if they have too much of a workload, especially in Mexico they might temporarily stop taking TCN's. 

    2. I don't know because I don't know the rules for the drop box. If you read the rules and you qualify for them, then the answer is yes.

    3. I-94 is important. Once you are inside the USA your status is governed by the I-94. You could have a visa good till 2020 but if your I-94 is expiring tomorrow then you are going to be out of status day after tomorrow and unlawfully present. If your I-94 is expiring you got to get that extended whether it is through an H-1 extension or if you already have an approval and you can go outside with the visa for a visa stamping. H-1 and L-1 visas require a prior approval from USCIS. H-4 and L-2 visas do not. More...

     

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  17. Friday, 1...
    Question: I have a question on H1B stamping. I am currently working with employer A. I have visa stamping till Nov 2018 and it shows the name of my previous employer, employer B. I am planning to visit India in the coming month of November 2017. Should I go to visa stamping and get a new visa showing a new employer, employer A? In the past, I have encountered a similar situation and I came back successfully with out getting a new stamp. I am not aware of current immigration law. Have there been any changes in this aspect?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Is new H-1B visa stamping needed if you change employers?

    Video Transcript

    I don't think you need to. Once again, I caution you that if you ask the consulate they might give you a different answer, but in the Foreign Affairs Manual in their standard operating procedures, I remember seeing there was no such requirement so you could travel on the old visa and the new approval. More...

     

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  18. Thursday,...
    Question: I am a US permanent residence (Green card holder) working in the US. I have received my Re-entry permit which will expire in Feb 2019. I have plans to get married to a bride from India and I will be visiting India shortly. I know that to process Family based second category GC (F2A) for my wife in India can take a minimum of 2 years and I will be separated from my wife during this time. Here is my plan to live together (with my wife from Day 1 in the USA) after getting married in India. After my marriage, ask my wife to apply for a tourist visa and I will send the sponsorship letter required by US consulate. Do you see any challenges in my wife's tourist visa application getting approved if my wife states that she is visiting the USA to see her husband if the Visa officer asks any question?
    Answer:

    Watch the Video on this FAQ: Fastest method of getting spouse of a green card into the USA and reducing wait

    Video Transcript

    Normally if your husband is living in the United States, the consulate is not very easy going about giving visas because they suspect that once you enter your husband will apply for your green card. Hence getting a tourist visa itself is definitely questionable. Second is when you apply for a tourist visa any representations you make must be absolutely and meticulously truthful. You cannot make things up. Hence tourist visa is by no means guaranteed but certain visas like H-1, L-1, O-1 don't really care whether you have family living in the USA. So if she qualifies you could look at something like that. More...


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  19. Friday, 25...
    Question: I have approved I-140 with company A and my wife has her I-140 approved or over 2 years. I'm planning to move to H4 EAD. Can I file for H4 and H4 EAD concurrently? What would happen to my earlier I-140 and also to the GC process if I am on H4?
    Answer:

    You can most definitely file H-4 and EAD together. Your green card process can continue even though you have changed your status.

  20. Tuesday, 22...
    Question: 1. In respect to the above, Case: I-485 pending since 4 years. Did not renew H1B as using EAD/AP. Can a primary applicant on Green card have multiple jobs on EAD ? More than one W2's simultaneous.<br> Employer A (original) - Filed Green Card<br> Employer B (temporary) - New Employer<br> Work for both Employer A & Employer B.<br> 2. Is it important to have a continued pay stub from Employer A (original company)? Can I work for Employer B for few months and then work back for Employer A? Will there be any problem during final Adjudication?
    Answer:

    Watch Video on this FAQ: I-485 applicant holding multiple jobs on EAD

    Video Transcript

    1. If you qualify under AC21 that is same or similar to the offered job under the green card or if you are going through the green card sponsoring employer, you will maintain that job. So, if you are currently maintaining that job full time and doing all other jobs at the same time or you intend to return back to that job when your green card is approved you can actually have simultaneous jobs with several different employers.

    2. A green card is based upon a job offer which could be present or future. So for example, if you are working for employer A it can be a job offer for a present job or they could be offering you a promoted position. More...

     

    Note: This is a verbatim transcript of the referenced audio/video media delivered as oral communication, and, therefore, may not conform to written grammatical or syntactical form.

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