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H1B Transfer before October 1

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Hi Rajiv ji, This is Harsh. I work for an employer A on STEM OPT. They registered me for the h1b lottery but it didn't get picked up. But I also had another offer from other employer B they also registered me for the h1b lottery and it got picked up and they have filed my h1b case and it's approved now. Can I transfer my h1b to employer A now before October 1 ? Please let me know

If the employer who filed your H1B revokes it before October 1, the current thinking of the USCIS is that you have lost your place in the lottery.

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Does reusing priority date cancel an old case?

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Hi Rajiv, My PERM is pending approval with Employer A. I have an approved PERM with employer B and they are ready to file my I-140. My intention is to stay with Employer A if the PERM is approved , when my I-140 is being filed by Employer A , will I need to mention the Previously filed I-140 with Employer B? I don't want to use that priority date and I am ok with the new priority date from Employer A . Moreover, Employer B will not be willing to provide me the I-140 details. Thanks, Ashok

You may have a mistaken understanding of the law. Just because you have used a priority date obtained through Employer-A for a petition with Employer-B does not in any way take that priority date away from Employer-A. You can use the same priority date in multiple cases, through multiple employers without any priority date canceling out another.

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Dropping education to work

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Hello Sir, Thank you for everything you do. I am planning to enroll in a Day 1 CPT MBA program and was wondering if dropping the course midway will affect my chances of getting a future H1-B or L1-A to green card process? Also, do you know any way that we can vet a university before joining the program? Thank you, Jaidev

As long as you act in good faith (honest intentions), dropping a program of study should not be an issue. Also, you can continue going to school part-time or even full-time if you like while you perform your job on an H-1B or L-1A.

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EB3 to EB2 interfile after using Advance parole

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My current stamped visa has expired, I've received EAD & Advance parole (EB3) which is valid till July 2023. I'm still on H1B and haven't used EAD or advance parole. I've a 4 days closed loop cruise trip planned from Florida to the Bahamas. I would be using my advance parole to re-enter the country. If I use advance parole (EB3) to re-enter the country , can I interfile in EB2? Would using advance parole (EB3) to re-enter the country change my status to immigrant and impact my ability to iterfile in EB2?

Read my comment on my blog. The USCIS has said they will permit interfiling even after reentry on advance parole.

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Layoff after H-1B Lottery Selection

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Hello Rajiv, I recently got layoff from my employer but I was lucky enough to get selected for the H-1B lottery. The bad thing is that they still haven't submitted my H-1B petition yet. I am wondering if I have an offer from a different/new employer, will they be able to file the H-1B petition for me?

Unfortunately, lottery selection cannot be transferred to another employer. If the H-1B is approved and not withdrawn before October 1, it can be transferred.

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H4 stamping on H-1B extension without H-1B current stamping

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Hello, I have my current h1 valid till Sep 2022 and my extension has been approved. If my spouse went for h4 stamping in Sep after my current h1 gets expired, Do I need to get my visa stamped first for the extension or only extension I797 will be suffice to get h4 stamping. Thanks, Ashish

US consulates in recent years have not insisted on H-1B visa stamping before they stamp an H-4 visa.

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Interfiling - the downgraded eb3 140 amendment is still pending?

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Hello Rajivji, Following up on the above question: if the downgraded EB3 140 amendment petition is not yet approved, could we then interfile with the previously approved EB2 140? Since the EB3 140 filed as an amendment is not yet approved, is the previously approved EB2 140 still active and valid? If so, can we use it for interfiling? What is the right thing to do? Please advise. Appreciate your guidance!

I see no problem with interfiling as long as the 140 amendment is not approved (it should have been filed as a "new petition"). You need your lawyers' review and the final decision, but legally, I see no issue.

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Currently on O-1; EB-1A filing resume review

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I am on a O1-A visa for 3+ years. I am looking to file my EB1-A. 1. I have published and authored journal publications 2. Also, I have peer reviewed journal/conference papers. Following is the link to my google scholar : https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2OnK284AAAAJ&hl=en Please could you provide a feedback on my chances on EB1-A approval?

Rohit ji, if we have not already spoken, please email me your resume to help at immigration dot com. We do not charge for resume reviews. Usually, an O-1 is a good sign that you may qualify for an EB-1A or an EB-1B.

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Using old I-140/H-1B for new employer while relocated to India

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I have an H1-B/ I-140 question for you and your team. Please see below: I came to India in 2019 to get my H1 stamped along with my family and got stuck. I got a 221(g), and RFE during the process but my employer got things sorted out. Then my employer also amended my petition and I re-appeared for visa stamping interview and got stuck again due to an ‘end client’ issue. Then Covid made things worse in 2020. Questions for your team: I have an approved I-140 with my old firm (on Eb-2) with a priority date of Jan 29, 2014. I am not on a US payroll since I came to India (in 2019) & my last approved petition also expired in Jan 2022. If a new firm had to take over my H1-B case can I re-capture the unused time (time stuck in India for almost 3 years) beyond my first 6 years of H1-B with this new firm/petitioner ? If so, can I port my old I-140 (& old priority date) to the new H1 petitioner after coming to US? What is the porting time frame after coming to US? Is Premium processing available for porting old I-140 (& priority date) to the new employer? Since my priority date is current, I wanted to know if my new employer can file for AOS upon my arrival in the US. Your help and feedback on the above matter will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Q. Can I re-capture the unused time (time stuck in India for almost 3 years) beyond my first 6 years of H1-B with this new firm/petitioner?
A. Yes, you can.

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H1-B related job and major field of study

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I had a doubt, I got MS in Cybersecurity at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I had talked to a few of my seniors and my dad's friends who live in the US regarding the job opportunities, they said that you will be having fewer openings compared to other fields or profiles. So I would like to know if I pursue a Software Developer Role or some role that is not related to Cybersecurity, will it be a problem at the time of the H1-B Visa Interview? Can you please guide me as i am feeling i am stuck between these issues?

The H-1B laws require only that your offered job must require the type of major you graduated with. For example, a major in Computer Science or Information Technology may be a fit for the jobs of a Software Develop, Systems Analyst, DBA, Systems Admin, or a Data Architect.

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