29 Sep 2022

My H1B is valid for a couple of more months, and I have an EAD based on my pending I-485. Do I have to maintain H1B status until the green card is issued?

Answer Ordinarily, a person may remain in the United States in a period of authorized stay based on a pending I-485 application. So, generally speaking, there is no requirement for the individual to maintain valid status while waiting for the green card to be issued.That being...

22 Sep 2022

My EB2 I-485 was approved a few days ago. My wife’s I-485, which is also based on my I-140, is still pending. My priority date will no longer be current in October. What happens if her case is not approved before October 1st?

Answer The USCIS generally cannot approve an I-485 if the priority date of the underlying I-140 is no longer current. Therefore, if your wife's case is not approved before October 1st, it likely will remain pending until the date becomes current again (or some other action...

22 Sep 2022

My employer is filing an L1B for me so that I can continue working on a project involving our proprietary software. Initially, I will be working at our headquarters. But, at some point, I likely will need to work at the client location for some months to finish installing and modifying the software. Is this allowed while on L1B?

Answer It is possible for an L1B employee to be placed at a third-party work location. However, this needs to be indicated on the L1B petition, and the employer must demonstrate that it will maintain a qualifying employer-employee relationship with this L1B worker.  (22.Sep.2022)Sheela Murthy and...

22 Sep 2022

I was working for Employer A in H1B status, and then moved to Employer B. I am now interested in returning to Employer A. The employer did not withdraw the petition, and it does not expire until next year. Can I join based on the existing petition, or does Employer A need to first file an H1B transfer?

Answer There is a legacy INS opinion letter that indicates it is permissible to return to a previous employer based on the "dormant" petition. However, depending on the circumstances, that is not always the safest / best practice, as it creates a rather confusing history, among...

15 Sep 2022

I am in the U.S. in L1B status, and recently have been offered a more senior position. The new position involves much of the same specialized knowledge, but the job duties are different, so my employer is filing an L1B amendment. Can I start working in the new position upon receipt of the amendment?

Answer Unlike the H1B category, where a person typically can begin a new position based on the filing of an H1B amendment, this is not permitted for the L1B category. If an amendment is required, the L1B worker generally must wait for the amendment to be...

15 Sep 2022

I applied for a B-1/B-2 visa so I can attend some meetings in the U.S. The visa is valid for 10 years, but the meetings were cancelled, so I have yet to enter the U.S. Do I have to use the visa within a certain period for it to remain valid?

Answer Ordinarily, a B-1/B-2 visa will remain valid through the expiration date listed. There is no other set deadline one must meet for the visa to remain valid. (15.Sep.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online...

15 Sep 2022

I am working in H1B status, and received a great job offer from a different company. As a courtesy, I gave 4-week notice to my current employer that I would be moving to a new employer. My current employer did not take the news well, and told me I was fired, and that he would immediately revoke my petition. My new employer has not yet filed the change of employer petition. Am I now out of status?

Answer Even though the employer fired you and withdrew your existing H1B petition, this would not impact your eligibility for the 60-day grace period. Assuming your I-94 is still valid and that you have not otherwise violated your status, you should be able to join the...

08 Sep 2022

After completing my master’s degree, I applied for OPT. After working in OPT for a few days, I decided to go back and get a second master’s degree in a different field. Now that I am graduating, can I re-apply for OPT?

Answer Unfortunately, this generally is not permissible. If a person uses any amount of OPT following completion of one level of education, that person would not qualify for OPT again unless the person changes to a higher educational level (e.g., PhD program.) (08.Sep.2022)Sheela Murthy and other...