H-1B Visa FAQs

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

Authored on: Sun, 06/19/2022 - 11:21

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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

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

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

Authored on: Sun, 06/19/2022 - 10:29

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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!

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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.

Q. If yes, can I port my old I-140 (& old priority date) to the new H1 petitioner after coming to the US? What is the porting time frame after coming to the US? Is Premium processing available for porting old I-140 (& priority date) to the new employer?
A. Priority date can be ported for sure if your I-140 stayed approved till at least 17 January 2017, when there was a change in regulations in favor of the employees. Earlier, the situation was uncertain if the employer withdrew the I-140. Under the current regulations, that is not a problem for priority date transfer.

Q. Since my priority date is current, I wanted to know if my new employer can file for AOS upon my arrival in the US?
A. Adjustment of Status (AOS) is not possible. The new employer will have to start the green card all over again, carrying the old priority date.

H1-B related job and major field of study

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 08:25

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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?

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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.

Pharmacist H-1B

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 07:40

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I was selected for cap H1B. I am looking to file for pharmacist position in MD. However, at the moment I do not have a MD state license. I have a PA state license. Will I be able to apply for H1 without the MD state license. I will be able to get the license before October but not by end of June. What other positions can I apply for to get H1 with Pharm D

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Currently, if you do not have a license, but it has been applied, the USCIS should approve for a full three years if they send an RFE and the license is approved by that time. Otherwise, they should approve for one year.

H1b petition after F1 rejection

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 07:36

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Hello, this is for my niece, a 28 years Engineering graduate from India, with 4 years of IT development work experience. She got her name in H1b lottery through a small consultancy firm and the consultancy firm is asking us to pay H1b fee to proceed further. But in her case, she have had a F1 student visa denial about 3 years ago and so we are debating if she stands a chance to get H1b or is it more likely to get denied again since she is coming through a smaller consultancy firm. Any advice will be highly appreciated.

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The H-1B fees and expenses must be paid by the employer. It is illegal for them to demand any fees from a potential employee.

"Same or similar job" criteria for green card AC21 portability

Authored on: Fri, 06/17/2022 - 02:46

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1) I-485 Filed under EB 3 Downgrade - More than one year back and pending
2)Independent I140 Approved both in EB2 and EB3 (Not as Amendment)
3) Currently working on H1B Work Authorization
4) I-485 EAD and AP Available but never used (EB3 Category)

Questions: -
1) If you change your job but by transferring your H1B (Change of Employer) and NOT use EAD, would the AC21 still apply (Same or Similar Job constraint) if you want to keep the I-485 alive?2) You said the last call that for Same of Similar Determination - USCIS Looks at all aspects:
a) Do the Job Duties and Actual Job Title need to be a dollar-to-dollar match?
b) Job Location Changes (One City/State to Another) and Job Mode Changes (From Onsite to Hybrid or Fully Remote) - Allowed?
c) Compensation Differentials - Positive or Negative - Any specific considerations/grey areas
 

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Protecting immigration status: Traveling with advance parole, divorce proceedings, and an entrepreneur on an H-1B visa

Authored on: Thu, 04/21/2022 - 05:35

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1. I-140 didn't get approved but received a GC-EAD card approved for 2-years along with advance parole. Is it fine to travel to India for 2 months or for how long staying from the US is valid while on EAD?
2. I didn't need to worry about having a valid visa while returning to the USA, just advance parole will suffice for return?
3. Prior to getting GC-EAD I was on H4-EAD, due to family issues I may seek a divorce. Now that I have GC-EAD will divorce affect my current status or upcoming Green Card? or should I wait until the Green card is through?
4. I have been an Owner of an Inc company while on H-1 and H-4 and H-4 EAD, but I haven't taken any profits or pay-stubs, except for signing on Company Tax returns. Does this situation restrict me from getting a Green Card? or since I have already received GC-EAD under the EB3 category, should I stay positive that I will receive GC in the near future?
 

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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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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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