General Nonimmigrant Visa FAQs

While waiting for OPT approval, is "unpaid leave of absence" a violation of the student status?

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 02:43

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Is it considered a violation of F-1 status to be on "unpaid leaves of absence" instead of being unemployed while waiting for OPT approval?

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Can two employers file H-1B for the same employee using an existing I-140?

Authored on: Thu, 04/21/2022 - 05:26

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I am an Indian national living in India now, working on H-1B from 2006-2011 for a small consulting company based in NY, US,. They have filed my EB2, I-140 and it got approved in 2009. I returned to India due to my personal situation in 2011. So I moved my case to Consular Processing in 2012. I got my date current during the last year 2021 and the Mumbai Embassy scheduled consular processing Interview was scheduled for last month. As soon as I received the interview call I found my sponsoring company in the US has their business. Hence, I have skipped my interview to avoid GC denial and retain the priority date.
 

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STEM OPT employment parameters, volunteering, part ownership, etc.

Authored on: Thu, 04/21/2022 - 05:21

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1. Currently, I am on STEM OPT, working with my DSO-approved employer. My uncle wants to start a company and asked me for my help. So, an I help him without being an employee of his company?
2. Is active professional volunteering to a family member's company a violation of the F-1 STEM OPT status? I hold a Professional Engineer's license. If I let him use my license for his company, will that be ok under my current immigration status?
3. Can I be a partner in the company and an employee of the company if my uncle hires me as an employee?
 

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From F-1 OPT directly applying for a green card

Authored on: Thu, 04/21/2022 - 05:15

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I was born in the United Arab Emirates, but have Indian citizenship. I did my bachelors in the U.S and am currently pursuing my Masters here as well. I was wondering with the ongoing corona crisis, would it be realistic to apply for GC within 6 months of the job starting and hope I get it before my three years of OPT ends? 

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Implications on working without authorization on student visa status

Authored on: Mon, 04/11/2022 - 06:39

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What happens when a student works without authorization because they have no choice as they need the money to support their school or because they did it unintentionally?

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Travel to the U.S on H-4 visa for a non-minor

Authored on: Mon, 03/28/2022 - 07:57

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My H-1B Visa is valid till Sep 2023. My son who is currently in India had also stamped his H-4 visa. However, he is now over 21 years of age. Can he travel to US to visit us on the same visa or he has to apply for a B-2. 

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I do not see how an aged-out child can travel on a derivative visa.

H-1B to EB-2 process

Authored on: Mon, 03/28/2022 - 07:49

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I would like to know If I have an advanced Degree (Masters Engineering Management) and my employer filed my H-1B and if the lottery is picked can I initiate the Green Card Process? I also heard that there is a Minimum salary Cap for EB-2 Advanced degree. 

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The employer can start the green card process at any time, even before you join. To see the salary figures by county and profession, you can review this link - https://www.flcdatacenter.com/

Can parents of U.S. citizens travel to the U.S. on an existing B-2 visa while their GC is pending?

Authored on: Tue, 03/22/2022 - 06:50

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I got my USA citizenship this Jan, and I want to start the green card process for my parents. They are currently with me in the USA on a visitor visa, however, they would like to go back to India in March after the 6 months of allowed stay in the USA.

So I want to know when I start the green card process for my parents when they are in India, can they still travel to the USA on their existing B-2 visitor visa (valid till 2026), or should they be in India until the consular processing for their green card is complete?

 

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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.

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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).

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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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