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I-140 was approved and then revoked in 2011. Can I keep my priority date and also apply for I-485? What is the deadline for filing I-485?

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I-140 was approved and then revoked in 2011. Can I keep my priority date and also apply for I-485? What is the deadline for filing I-485?
 

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It depends on a couple of things. First of all the regulations changed in your favor on January 17, 2017. Therefore, if the revocation occurred before January 17, 2017 chances are you might have lost even your priority date. On January 17, 2017 the laws changed and now the rule is if the moment your I-140 is approved the priority date is yours to keep. The second rule is if the I-140 stays approved for 180 days you also have the right to extend your H-1B and your spouse their H-4. There are two different rights  - right to keep your priority date the moment I-140 is approved and  the right to extend H-1B if the I-140 stays approved for 180 days. Hence this is a protection even if the employer revokes your H-1B.
For more discussion on this matter you can have a look at my older blog entries.
https://www.immigration.com/blogs/

 

 

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Change of employers after H-1B is approved and before October 1; the number of pay stubs required; revocation of H-1B before October 1

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I am currently on F-1 Stem OPT, and my H1B got approved this year a few days back. My current company is shutting down its operations and moving everything to Mexico.
1. They have given me the last date of employment as 31st October 2022. So my question is how soon can I change my employer and can I transfer my H1B to a new employer before 1st October 2022? 
2. Also, if I can do my visa transfer only after October 1st 2022,?
3. Can I do that with 1 paystub, or will I require 2 paystubs?
 

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1. You are fine because you are going into the fiscal year of the government, which begins on October 1st  and that makes you exempt from the H-1B quota forever. 
2. You can change your employer even now if your current employer won't revoke before October 1st. If you are nervous about that you can file for a transfer after October 1st.
3. You do not need any particular number of pay stubs.

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Husband not giving my H4 documents

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Hello, I am on h4 visa with approved ead. My husband has a valid h1b and an approved I-140. The situation is my husband doesn't give my H4 documents like ead and approval notice which are required by my employer and university for establishing my valid presence in US. Is there any way I can ask any authoritative body here in US to help me in getting me access to my own documents? I know my husband will be the primary applicant on h4 visa given I am dependent on his h1b visa. But does that give my husband a legal right to withhold my own documents without my permission or approval? I have a 2year old kid and because of his inability to support us I have to study and get a job and his actions are preventing me from doing so.

I think you can try two things. First, ask the USCIS for a copy of all your immigration papers. Go here: https://www.uscis.gov/records/request-records-through-the-freedom-of-in… Second, speak with local lawyers where your husband resides. It may be possible to get the police involved to recover your immigration documents. Those should be considered your personal property.

H-1B approved, must I continue my CPT degree or may I drop?

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Hello Sir, I was on CPT for a year and a half before my H1b visa was approved last year. After that, I took a break from my studies. Now, I want to visit India, do I need to resume my degree? I'm planning to drop it as it is too expensive. Will there be any issue in stamping as it would be my first H1b stamp. Thanks

From a purely legal perspective, there is no law that requires you to continue with your degree if you have received your H1B approval. However, I am concerned about appearances also. Ideally, people should take up a new educational program only if they are serious about it and that program furthers their career. If you quit, you should have a good, truthful explanation for why you started that degree and why you quit. You may never be called upon to explain yourself, but the USCIS and the consulates could potentially ask about any relevant matter when you appear for an interview.

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H-4 visa if H-1B changes jobs

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Hi, My husband is in USA working under H1B (his visa got expired last year) and I am a Canadian citizen living in Canada. We are Married for 18 years and we have 1son born in USA. We both applied for visa together (h1b for my husband and H4 for me) in Canada. We got visa interview date too but my husband’s company recently filed green card process for him. So, I believe he cannot travel to Canada if green card is under process. Can I go for visa interview by myself even if he is the main applicant and cannot attend visa interview?

Canadian citizens do not need a visa. Presentation of the H-1B approval and proof of relationship at the port of entry with proof of maintenance of H-1B status should be sufficient to gain H-4 status. See this entry also: https://www.immigration.com/faq/h-4-canadian-citizen I am unable to understand the rest of the situation. You are welcome to post a message for our next community conference call. We have one almost every other Thursday.

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Main H1B applicant cannot attend visa interview

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Hi, My husband is in USA working under H1B (his visa got expired last year) and I am a Canadian citizen living in Canada. We are Married for 18 years and we have 1son born in USA. We both applied for visa together (h1b for my husband and H4 for me) in Canada. We got visa interview date too but my husband’s company recently filed green card process for him. So, I believe he cannot travel to Canada if green card is under process. Can I go for visa interview by myself even if he is the main applicant and cannot attend visa interview?

The same H-4 visa can be used even if H-1B changes employment. As long as the H-1B maintains status, H-1B revocation has no impact on the H-4 visa.

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Unemployed on AOS EAD/I-485

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Hi, My question is can I stay unemployed on EAD for long period of time (working for the same employer who petitioned me but on bench without payroll)? Can I be like that until my 485 gets adjudicated?. or do I need to show paystubs for each and every month?

Technically, you can be unemployed while on EAD/AOS/I-485. But if you are benched by the employer who petitioned for your green card, that casts doubt on the availability of the green card job. That can lead to revocation of the green card process unless you change employers using AC21 portability.

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The H-1B remainder option: Calculating recapture of H-1B unused time

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I had a quick question for you. I worked in the US from 2009 to 2012 on an H-1B visa, left the US in 2012, then came back on a new H-1B visa to work in the US from 2014 to 2017, and then left the US again in 2017. So overall, I didn’t use 3 years on both my H-1B visas. Recently I came to the US on an H-1B visa in mid-2022 using the unused 3 years on my most recent H-1B visa issued in 2014. This H-1B visa expires in mid-2025.

(a) Do I need to leave the US for one year after mid-2025 to be eligible for a new H-1B visa, or am I eligible to apply for a new H-1B visa after mid-2025?

(b) Is it possible for me to recapture unused 3 years on my previous H-1B visa issued in 2009 after my current H-1B status expires in mid-2025?

(c) Is the only way for me to extend my H-1B visa status in the US after mid-2025 is to file for PERM ETA 9089 (pending over a year) or have an approved I-140?

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Yes, you need to leave the United States because you have a total of six years. You are using the remainder left on that six years. You should have your ETA 9089 (PERM labor certification) pending for over a year, or have an approved I-140. There is no other way to extend this H-1B.

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Eligibility for the EB-1A extraordinary ability category

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I wish to assess my eligibility for the EB-1A category. I have a B.Tech., M.Tech., and Ph.D. from India, and I just finished a postdoc in the USA. I am currently employed in India as an associate professor at a good university.

The following are my credentials.

1. I have over 25 publications in international journals and conferences that have undergone peer review.

2. I review articles for three high-quality journals.

3. I currently have 358 citations.

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Just looking at the numbers is not enough. We need to look at the overall resume.

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Changing profession after receiving Employment Based Green Card

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Can I change my profession after getting a Green Card? I received my GC in EB2 as an Accountant. Now, I see the salaries in the software/IT sector to be much higher.

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Sure, you can change your profession as long as you did not have a pre-conceived intention to do so before you got your green card. I cannot say that there is any particular time frame attached to it.

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