10 Jul 2024

My H1B lottery case is pending. I have an emergency and need to fly back to India. Is it true that, if I leave, my status request will be denied?

Answer Generally speaking, if a person travels while an H1B change of status petition is pending, the change of status request is considered abandoned. This means that, while the H1B petition itself can still be approved, it will only be approved for consular processing (i.e., it...

10 Jul 2024

I have an H1B visa in my Indian passport. I recently became an Australian citizen. Is it possible to transfer the visa to my Australian passport, or to travel based on the visa that is in my Indian passport?

Answer Unfortunately, no. There generally is no way to transfer a U.S. visa from one passport to another. In situations where you simply renew a passport issued by the same country, and you have a valid visa in your old passport, it normally is possible to...

03 Jul 2024

I am in H1B status, and my family is in H-4. Our I-94s were all extended through 2027, but our visa stamps expired last year. My wife and kids wish to travel to India for a few weeks. Can they go for stamping, even though I plan to stay in the U.S., or do I have to apply first?

Answer Generally speaking, if the principal spouse is in valid H1B status, it is possible for the dependents to apply for H-4 visa “stamps.” There normally is no need for the H1B worker to obtain a new H1B visa unless and until s/he will be traveling...

03 Jul 2024

Shortly before my I-94 expired, I applied for my H-4 extension. The following week, the USCIS rejected my package because there was a missing page in my form I-539. I immediately refiled the application with the missing page, and I included the rejection letter. But, by then, my I-94 already had expired. Will the USCIS honor the original filing date?

Answer Ordinarily, if an application is filed and then rejected by the USCIS, the USCIS will not honor that as the filing date. The filing date is established only when a case is properly filed with the USCIS.Note that a rejected filing is different from a...

26 Jun 2024

I understand that, for a company to qualify for L-1, both the U.S. and foreign company must be “doing business.” We process all of our sales through the U.S. company, while the foreign entity provides services solely for the U.S. company. Is that considered doing business for L-1 purposes? Does this also work if we want to use this for an EB1(c) case?

Answer Yes, it is possible for a company to meet the "doing business" requirement, even if one entity is solely providing services to the other entity. This can make the case more challenging, but the Murthy Law Firm has represented companies successfully in filing such cases,...

12 Jun 2024

I was laid off from my H1B position. I got an offer, but the company says their only education requirement is a bachelor’s degree in any field. Is this sufficient for an H1B filing?

Answer In order to qualify for an H1B position, the minimum requirements generally must include at least a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a particular field. If a position will accept a bachelor's degree in any field, it normally will not qualify as an H1B...

12 Jun 2024

I am a Mexican citizen working as a mechanical engineer on a TN visa. My current job is coming to an end next month, but I received an offer for another mechanical engineer position. Do I have to go back to a consular post in Mexico to apply?

Answer No. In order to apply for a change in employer as a TN worker, the employer may file a petition with the USCIS, or, if the TN visa in your passport is still valid, it typically is possible to apply in person at a U.S....

12 Jun 2024

I am in H1B status, and my wife had been in H-4 status. We recently discovered that, when she last entered the U.S., her I-94 was shorted based on her passport expiration date, so actually has been out of status for the past several months. We are working to resolve her issues. In the meantime, though, will her status violation impact my H1B extension of future green card case?

Answer No. A status violation by one spouse normally will not have a direct impact on the other spouse's H1B or green card case. (12.Jun.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access...