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FAQ: Layoff while on an H-1B visa - what if I cannot find a job in 60 days?

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  1. I am on H1B VISA and was notified that my employment will end on January 20th. I am actively seeking new job opportunities. Can you please let me know what happens if I am still interviewing after 60 days and become out of status? 
  2. Do I have any other options to change my VISA status before/after my employment is terminated and I fail to secure a job before the 60-day period is over? 
  3. Does my VISA become invalid after the 60 days or can I still find a job and reactivate it if I get an offer after the 60-days?
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  1. You file for B-1 B-2 and you can do it online. You do not go out of status. Do it within 60 days.
  2. No, it does not.
  3. Talk to your lawyers. I think applying for tourist status is probably a good strategy.

Consequences of employer withdrawing I-485 Supplement J

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Currently working with Employer B.
My PD - EB2 India, Aug 2013 with old employer A
Sep 2022 - Filed I485 with Employer A's I485J (which he provided that I will join his consultancy company)

  1. I always intended to join him but we couldn't find a new project in this market. He mentioned he is going to withdraw the I485J and I140.
  2. Will it be a right-away denial, RFE or USCIS will issue NOID?
  3. If USCIS issues RFE/NOID and the response date is after the 180 days mark - Can I provide 485J from my current Employer or any other employer or self-company?
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1. It is not required by the law.
2. Probably a NOID and if USCIS wants to be nice to you they will send you an RFE giving you more time.
3. If USCIS issues an RFE you have to wait 180 days from the date of filing and after that you should be able to submit any employers I-485 Supplement J.


Recording for February 02, 2023 Conference Call with Rajiv S. Khanna

Discussion Topics, Thursday, February 02, 2023:

FAQ: Criteria for national interest waiver || NIW for physical therapists || Multiple companies applying for H-1B Cap registration - H-1B lottery || Can H-4 visa (no EAD) holders take an unpaid internship? || Can H-4 EAD start a Business in any State? Can a relative's company file H-1B? || H-4 visa dependent children change of status to F-1 before 21 || Filing H-4 and H-1 simultaneously || Status of F-1 once H-4 is approved || Most efficient way to get EAD F-1 or H-4?

FY 2024 H-1B Cap Initial Registration Period Opens on March

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year 2024 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 17, 2023. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to complete and submit their registrations using the online H-1B registration system.

H-1B Quota 2024

We recommend that the H-1B lottery registration process should be planned and initiated now to ensure that these registrations are ready to submit between March 1, 2023 and March 18, 2023. This year lottery will be conducted in the same manner as last year. Accordingly, we are preparing to file registrations.

Recording for January 19, 2023 Conference Call with Rajiv S. Khanna

FAQ: Entering the U.S. on a visitor visa while green card is pending |Qualifying for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) | Spouse visa through H-1, L-1, or O-1 | Any special visas for UK, EU, Singapore, Dubai or Australia || Qualifying for EB-1C green card by working abroad for a year | Expected processing times for EB-1C for an L-1A visa holder from India || Consequences of employer withdrawing I-485 Supplement J || Layoff while on an H-1B visa - what if I cannot find a job in 60 days?

The Practical Lawyer Editorial Board Member Rajiv S. Khanna's Conversation With Samuel D. Hodge, Jr.

This article is part of the continuing series of interviews between The Practical Lawyer Editorial Board Member Rajiv S. Khanna and leading practitioners across the country, designed to provide personal and professional insights into various areas of the law.

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Do I need to have my SSN number before I start working?

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I have a query about the employment status of the H1B resource coming from India. Once the resource reaches the US, from what day they can start working? I understand that once they reach the U.S. they need to apply for SSN first. So the question is can they start working in full employment capacity even before they get SSN?


Excerpt from the SSA (Social Security Administration) website: 

"We don’t require you to have an SSN before you start work. However, the Internal Revenue Service requires employers to use your SSN to report your wages.

While you wait for your SSN, your employer can use a letter from us stating you applied for a number. Your immigration documents can prove your authorization to work in the United States".

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