12 Jan 2018

I have completed the first year of a two-year graduate program of study, which I attended in F-1 student status. Unfortunately, I received two failing grades at the end of my second term …

... and have now been placed on academic probation during the upcoming term. Should I be concerned about my immigration status? Answer Students in F-1 status must be making normal progress toward completing the course of study. However, academic probation alone does not result in an automatic...

08 Jan 2018

It has been 7 weeks since I received a 221g Admin Processing notice during my H1B visa interview. Can my company or I contact the USCIS to expedite the process?

Answer USCIS generally has nothing to do with a visa application at the consulate. One can eMail the consulate directly, but this works inconsistently. Two to three months is the norm for 221g requests at this point. (08.Jan.2018)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and...

08 Jan 2018

My OPT expires in June 2019, and I am being sponsored for an H1B cap case this year. I need to travel to India at the end of April for a couple of weeks. Will that impact my H1B?

Answer Very likely, the H1B filed in April could be approved only for consular processing, not for a change of status. This means that, assuming the H1B case is selected in the lottery and approved, one in this situation would probably need to depart the U.S....

18 Dec 2017

Is a merit-based immigration proposal still being considered by the current Administration?

Answer Such a proposal has been introduced in Congress, and has been promoted by the Trump Administration. It does not appear to have much support at this time, and passage seems unlikely. (18.Dec.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance...

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