Change of status FAQs

How soon can I file for an H-1B transfer after joining, and do I need the employer's permission?

Authored on: Thu, 08/04/2022 - 03:56

Question

Q1. After the H-1B COS is approved, how long will I need to work with my current employer before I can file H-1B transfer?
Q2. Do I need permission from my current employer for H-1B transfer?
 

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Continuing work or reverting to STEM OPT during H-1B Change of Status

Authored on: Tue, 07/12/2022 - 03:45

Question

Q1. If I change my employer while my H-1B COS is filed but not yet approved, then can I keep using my OPT and STEM with my new employer, or I will lose both OPT & H-1B, and will be out of status?

Q2. If my H-1B COS is denied, then can I keep using my OPT and STEM, or I will lose both OPT & H-1B, and will be out of status?

Q3. How often does it happen that H-1B COS, transfer, and renewal get denied? And what could be possible reasons for denial?
 

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Relation between F-1 OPT and H-1B lottery change of status and changing employers

Authored on: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 06:44

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I am a student on F-1 and will be graduating by December 2022. Company A is willing to apply for an H-1B for me this year. I am interviewing with other companies, and I am planning to drop company A as soon as I graduate

1. If I am selected in the lottery and haven't done a change of status, can I continue on F-1 OPT with the other company (not Company A), after graduation?

2. Can Company A retract my H-1B if I leave them?

3. Being on F-1 can Company A start my green card if I win the H-1B lottery?

 

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Abandonment; can I leave the USA while a change of status is pending?/Stamping requirements

Authored on: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 06:34

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Background: I am currently on L-2 VISA and is going to expire in May. My company is going to file my Canada visa in a month. My spouse's (currently on L1A) employer is going to file her GC soon and she wants to stay with our kids until a decision is made (stay as a visitor or on the basis of GC filing). We decided that I will go to Canada and if the GC processing won't happen or the outcome is negative, she will join me in Canada at a later time.

Now:

I want to apply for the change of status from L-2 visa to visitor visa while I am still in the US, and leave for India while my Canadian visa is in process and travel to Canada directly from India. (I am going to see my parents as it's been years and can't travel to India if I join my company back in Canada anytime soon).

Questions:

1) Is it okay to leave the US while my change of status from L-2 to Visitor visa is in the process?

2) If yes, will USCIS continue to process and intimate me once they approve?

 

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H-1B Visa - Change of Status

Authored on: Tue, 09/21/2021 - 05:35

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I have an approved H-1B petition. Right now, I am in India. However, my spouse also holds an H-1B. Can I apply for an H-4 visa and travel to the USA with my spouse and apply for a change of status in the USA from consular processing and use my H-1B there. Will it affect my H-1B in any way?

 

Answer

Technically, the USCIS can object to applying for a change of status within 90 days after entry, if the change results in activities that are inconsistent with the original visa used for entry, the H-4 visa. The key question is whether applying for H-1B soon after entry into the USA is inconsistent with H-4, a visa that allows work authorization. Perhaps not, but you should speak with your lawyers to make sure all your options are discussed.

 

 

Note: For the NRI readers, The Economic Times has started an immigration helpdesk. A team of experts which includes Rajiv S. Khanna will address the most pressing issues. Please see the link below.

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/nri/migrate/nri-helpdesk-are-you-q…
 

 

Priority date and original I-140 approval notice

Authored on: Tue, 12/15/2020 - 10:54

Question

I am currently on H1B visa (3rd year) and a few days back I got my I-140 approved in EB-2 category. I want to know if I can change my employer and retain my priority date.

Unstamped H-1B Quota Exemption

Authored on: Fri, 09/25/2020 - 09:17

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I had an H1B from my previous employer that was valid from Dec 2016-Dec2017. I never got the visa stamped and it has complete 6 years unused on it. The question I need your help with is if an employer files H1B for me, would it be eligible for Cap-Exempt processing or not?

Answer

Watch the Video on this FAQ: Unstamped H-1B quota exemption

Video Transcript

The government may be pushy on this issue, but they do maintain that if you have not received a change of status for example from F-1 to H-1 or an H-1B visa stamp. If you are outside the USA you are still subject to the quota. I think they are legally wrong. So the bottom line is you should try to go ahead and give it a shot and I don't think the government is in a legally defensible position.

FAQ in detail...

 

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H-1B portability without a visa stamp

Authored on: Tue, 09/15/2020 - 08:00

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I came to US on H-4, so I have only H-4 stamping in my passport. Got my H1b picked up in lottery two years back, and did COS to h1, and have approved i797A with I-94 and working with my current employer.

Got an offer from another company, and they filed my H1b transfer, and got the i-797A approval with I-94.

So my question here is, can I join the new company using the H1b transfer approval, even though I don’t have H1b stamp at all in my passport? Will this be a valid H1b transfer?, or should I go back to India to get my H1b stamping to join the new employer?

Answer

Watch the Video on this FAQ: H-1B portability without a visa stamp

Video Transcript

When you have an H-4 visa stamp and you came to the United States and you got selected in the lottery that means you got your H-1B and you got your change of status. If you change employers you can start working as soon as your change of employer paperwork is delivered to the USCIS. You do not need any H-1B visa stamp for that purpose. FAQ in detail...

 

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H-1B no notification of termination, 60 days grace period, etc.,

Authored on: Tue, 08/18/2020 - 05:44

Question

My employer ended my employment due to COVID reasons on May 31, 2020 but I never received an official termination letter. Calculating the grace period depending on the assumed termination date mentioned above, I have till July 30 to find a new job. Should my new employer give me an offer or start the H1B transfer application before July 30? What happens if they fail to do so in time? Can I extend the grace period on the basis of having an offer in hand or maybe because of the pandemic? My final interviews with potential employers are being withdrawn because of the time restriction.

Answer

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H-1B no notification of termination, 60 days grace period, etc.

Video Transcript

File a complaint against the employer with the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor by filling up the form WH-4. You can also call them. 

The 60 day grace period works like this. The new employer must make sure that your H-1B transfer application is received by the USCIS within 60 days. So the LCA should be done, the package prepared and USCIS should receive your H-1B transfer within 60 days, otherwise you will be out of status and you will have to go outside the USA for visa stamping pandemic or no pandemic, also remember there is a proclamation that will stop you from coming back at least before December. Make sure you remain in status or at least file a B-2. FAQ in detail...

 

 

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Applying for tourist, visitors, B-1, B-2 to maintain status

Authored on: Wed, 04/22/2020 - 01:39

Question

Spoken to the current employer's attorney on Tourist visa , they replied its not a correct path moreover it takes much proofs to tell USCIS i was on H1b working for employer and then changing to visitors and then after certain period of time when i find a project, changing it back (i.e applying) to h1 makes this case more complex.

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Applying for tourist, visitors, B-1, B-2 to maintain status


Video Transcript:

B-1/B-2 is not a perfect solution, but it allows you to be in an authorized period of stay for up to six months. You can apply before the six months are over for another extension whether or not you get it as long as the case is pending it was timely filed you are not illegal. You do not accrue unlawful presence, but you cannot jump to another status for that  you might have  to go outside USA. But under the current environment, it is an good point to argue. FAQ in detail...



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