EB2 Green Card FAQs

Downgrading from EB-2 to EB-3

Authored on: Wed, 07/10/2019 - 07:54

Question

My wife and I are currently on EAD's since Feb 2012 when the dates became current for our priority date and we were able to apply for the I-485. She is the primary applicant and I am the dependent on her application. Since 2012 the EAD/AP card is being renewed every 2 years. With the EB3 category now going ahead of EB2 does it make sense for her to downgrade to EB3 - Apply for I-140 under EB3. I believe it takes 6 months for approval so we would essentially be doing this preemptively in anticipation of our date becoming current under EB3 in 6+ months.

Answer

Watch the Video on this FAQ: Downgrading from EB-2 to EB-3

Video Transcript

I see no problem applying for EB-3 and then using whichever one is faster when the time comes. More...

 

 

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How to get H-1B approved for three years, not shorter duration

Authored on: Tue, 05/28/2019 - 07:58

Question

1. I got my H1b approved for a period of one year only and expires on Oct 27th, 2019. I work through a consultancy. Any precautions I can take in the future which can help me getting the H1b approved for 3 years in the upcoming H1B extension after Oct 27th, 2019. <br>
2. Any particular documents needed for getting the H1b approved for 3 years?<br>
3. If I go for stamping, do I need to be careful with social media at the port of entry? Any tips or recommendations you can give with reference to social media during port of entry? <br>
4. My EB2 priority date is Feb 4th, 2015 and I'm planning to marry a girl who is a Nepal citizen and she's on OPT right now. Can I move my priority date to EB2 Nepal category after marriage? If yes, what would be my next steps - how soon can I file for I-485 interview?

Answer

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How to get H-1B approved for three years, not shorter duration

Video Transcript

1. Typically the only way you can get three year extension is if you can prove that the project will go on for three years. 

2. Typically a client letter.

3. Make sure your social media is not in any way in contravention or opposition to what you have been saying to the government.

4. Once you get married you are entitled to cross chargeability and you can be charged under Nepals category which is available right now. As soon as you get married you should have your lawyers write to the government and ask for cross chargeability. Probably within a few months you could be scheduled for an interview, which again depends upon how busy the local office is. More...

 

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Options to Stay in the USA After Expiration of H-1B

Authored on: Wed, 05/15/2019 - 06:31

Question

1. I am currently in H1-B more than 10 years in the USA and I have approved I-140 priority date Mar 2011 - EB2. My current employment is getting over in 3 weeks. And my current H1-B and I-94 expires in mid-August 2019. My question is if I am not able to find another job within my H1-B and I-94 expires on Mid August 2019. What are the options available for me to legally stay in the USA after my H1-B and I-94 expires? I have own house. Is there an exceptional case we can file GC EAD? <br>

2. Without a job how many days i can stay in USA before my I-94 expires using I-140?

Answer

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Options to stay in the USA after expiration of H-1B

Video Transcript

1. I don't think you would get the tourist visa or tourist status but you can apply for it.

2. 60 days is the total time.

 

 

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Downgrading a Case from EB-2 to EB-3 for Priority Date Advantage

Authored on: Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:14

Question

I am with my current Employer since 2008. My GC is filled in EB2 with Aug-2010 Priority Date. Only I-140 is approved so far.<br>
1) Can my employer file me under EB-3 concurrently without affecting my existing EB-2 filling?<br>
2) If yes then what is the procedure for that? Do I have to do my labor and I-140 once again?

Answer

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Downgrading a case from EB2 to EB3 for priority date advantage

Video Transcript

1. Your EB-2 does not get affected. You can file EB-3/I-140 and I believe you can file a I-485 also if your dates are current.

2. Just the I-140. More...

 

 

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EB-2 Approved - Applying for EB-3

Authored on: Thu, 01/10/2019 - 08:06

Question

I applied for EB3 in 2011 and port to EB2, now EB3 dates are moving forward and if it reach to my priority date am I still eligible for EB3 as I initially applied for or do I need to downgrade to EB3. Will there be any questions raised?

Answer

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Video Transcript

This is mostly a question of procedure and policy. The USCIS has been indicating that if you have only one I-140 approved under EB-2 but you want to file under EB-3 you have to file another I-140 using the copy of the same labor certification - perm application and get an EB-3 approval first. More...

 

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Not Worked for Green Card Sponsoring Company – – Fraud Implication for Naturalization/Citizenship

Authored on: Tue, 12/11/2018 - 02:39

Question

In Summary, <br>
* I worked for the same Company from 2004 to 2014 (2004 - 2011 in US on H1B, and 2011-2014 in India)<br>
* BUT, after Green card, I did not work for the Company in US.<br>
* I don't have even a single paycheck from US Company after receiving GC.<br>
* Since then, I have been working in a job with same job description that my GC was filed for.<br>
* All other history is clean. I have two US born children, Always paid taxes on time, no legal cases.<br>

I heard from reliable sources that under current circumstances, my case will be marked as fraud and there is a 99% chance that they will revoke my GC and deport me, as I didn't stay with the employer that sponsored my GC.
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Questions<br>
* Should I be really concerned?<br>
* What are my options?<br>
* I have the option of going back to the same employer now. Does that help?<br>
* If my wife applies for Naturalization instead of me, is that going to be any different?

Answer

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Not worked for green card sponsoring company

– – fraud implication for naturalization/citizenship


Video Transcript

This is a difficult situation.  I would argue that this is fine because once you went and got the green card you took the job and you are just working for the company's operations outside the USA temporarily. So I think it's going to be a touch and go, but that is what I would argue. You definitely need to take a lawyer with you. More...


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How Can I Downgrade from EB-2 to EB-3 and Consequences

Authored on: Tue, 11/20/2018 - 04:13

Question

I have I-140 approved in EB2, priority date is 2010. When date become current for EB3, I want to downgrade from EB2 to EB3 (I know I have to only refile I-140 and I-485 concurrent). What will happen if USCIS denied newly filed I-140 (EB3)? can I-485 also denied? If newly filed I-140 (EB3) denied, can I used my previously approved I-140 (EB2)?

Answer

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Video Transcript

If we have an EB-2 approved I-140 we apply for an EB-3 approval on the same form or you can file EB-3 I-140 and I-485 concurrently if the dates are current. If you file a I-485 that is prematurely filed when the priority date of EB-2 is not current, if EB-3 is denied on which basis you had filed the I-485 then the I-485 will also be denied. I would want your lawyers to review your case very carefully. Make sure that you don't have any other issues. If the second EB-3 filing gets denied it should not have any impact on the already approved I-140 unless the second filing reveals some problem with the case that was not addressed earlier. More...


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Porting Priority Date from EB-2 to EB-1

Authored on: Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:26

Question

My husband has an I-140 approved from Company A ( Priority Date April 2008 , EB2). He is now eligible for EB1 under Employer B ( He is currently on L1 A ). Can his priority date from EB2 be ported to EB1 ?

Answer

 

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Can EB-2 Approved File For EB-3

Authored on: Thu, 06/14/2018 - 06:43

Question

With speculations that EB-3 may go ahead of EB-2, can we port down to EB-3 from EB-2 using existing labor, in general is it risky to do that, what happens if porting is denied will we loose existing approved EB-2 petition?.

Answer

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Video Transcript:

The way I think it will work is if you have both EB-3 and EB-2 approvals already good for you. You can use either one. If you have an EB-2 approval and you want to take advantage of the EB-3 upsurge in the Priority Dates, file for an EB-3 I-140 with a copy of the same PERM application. If the I-140 is approved quickly great, if not and the dates become current while the I-140 is still pending, with the receipt you can file an I-485. So you will have an EB-3 pending with a I-485 coming along. Now if tomorrow the dates become better, moving for EB-2 because you have both I-140s in the works, one approved and one pending or maybe both approved by that time, government will automatically give you the benefit of which ever category is moving the fastest.  More...

 

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National Interest Waiver (NIW) Filing When Priority Date is Not Current

Authored on: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 02:27

Question

I am a staff in University of Pittsburgh and still have 3 more years to complete 6 yrs of my H1B. H1B sponsorship is an issue for me getting a new job.<br>

1) When I apply for a NIW -EB2, can I simultaneously apply for I140, EAD, 485 simultaneously?
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2) Although the green card date for Indians with EB2 is not current, can USCIS approve my EAD much earlier ( may be within a year) compared to approving 485 which might take several years?
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3) Further can I use that approved EAD to change jobs by bypassing H1B sponsorship?

Answer

Watch the Video on this FAQ: National interest waiver (NIW) filing when priority date is not current

Video Transcript

1. No because the dates are not current. If your country of birth is India you cannot file them together.

2. No because you can't get I-485 filed.

3. Remember NIW is not bound to a particular job except for physicians. Doctors are different, but NIW for non physician employment is not tied to a particular position you can change jobs as many times as you like as long as you are still working in the area of 'intrinsic merit'  which is the basis of your filing. More...

 

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