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Teleconference: Optional Practical Training (OPR), Travel, and Transition to H1B

The third and final teleconference in our series designed for F-1 students, on May 12, 2015, addresses common issues and questions encountered by F-1 students at the end of their program of study. Students learn the requirements for OPT and receive helpful hints and advice on how to avoid certain problems with the OPT application and [...]

Can a company with only one employee sponsor an H1B worker?

Answer Yes, it is possible for new or very small companies to file H1B petitions. We represent start-up companies regularly. What is needed is proof that there really is work for the sponsored H1B person to perform. (23.Mar.2015) In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the [...]

I am currently in the U.S. in H1B status. Can I file an I-485 if my U.S. citizen sibling sponsors me for a green card?

Answer USC siblings can file I-130 petitions in the family-based, 4th preference category. The I-485 cannot be filed concurrently with these cases, as the priority dates are backlogged for many years. The I-485 must wait until the particular case’s priority date is current; for FB4, that is a very long wait (maybe 15 years or [...]

H-4s Soon to Feel the Pride of a Job Well Done

Before the recent change in law that will allow certain H-4s to qualify for employment authorization documents (EADs), this population – many of whom are highly educated women from South Asia – was totally dependent. Being relegated to the H-4 dependent category not only made a spouse, usually a woman, dependent for her immigration status; [...]

I am on H1B and transferred from Employer A to Employer B. I’ve only been working for Employer B for about 1 month and now wish to return to Employer A. Is this possible?

Answer Returning to a prior employer is allowed under the concept of the dormant petition. In this example, with only a month between the transition, it is likely safer than in other situations involving much longer timeframes. This is, of course, assuming that Employer A has not withdrawn the approved petition. (16.Mar.2015) In frequent sessions [...]

If I change from H1B to H-4 and then obtain an EAD under the new rule, will my time working on the H-4 EAD count against my 6 years of H1B time?

Answer No, time spent in H-4 status, even with an EAD, is not counted against the H1B 6-year time limit. (16.Mar.2015) In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law in real time. For details on chat participation, click here. Access more FAQs here. Copyright © [...]

Social Security Numbers: How to Contend with Delays

The United States allows for the issuance of a Social Security number (SSN) to an individual who is authorized to work in the U.S. One of the key purposes of the SSN is to serve as a tracking number for income tax and related matters. The application process for a SSN is typically straightforward. However, [...]

NewsFlash! Premium Processing of H1B Cap Cases to Start by May 11, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release today to remind stakeholders that the agency will begin accepting fiscal year 2016 (FY16) cap cases on April 1st. Most of the information in the news release is widely known within the immigration community, including the fact that the “USCIS expects to receive more petitions [...]

H1B Cap Timeline Expectations for FY16

Many inquiries regarding the projected timeline for fiscal year (FY) 2016 H1B cap case milestones continue to reach the Murthy Law Firm. While most applicants are aware that they can begin filing H1B cap-subject cases on the first business day in April each year, there is less clarity about the timeframes for other aspects of [...]

What is the timeline for changing from H1B to H-4? Can I still work on H1B until my H-4 has been approved?

Answer It is permissible to continue to work in the H1B position until the change of status is approved (assuming the H1B status remains valid). The change of status within the U.S. could take around 3-4 months. If it is filed with a premium processed H1B petition, it typically will be decided much more quickly. [...]

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