01 Dec 2022

I was working on a project in New Jersey in H1B. I recently traveled to India and got my visa stamped. Yesterday, my U.S. employer notified me that they are filing an H1B amendment for me because they want to move me to a project in California. Can they file the amendment now? Once the amendment is approved, can I still use my existing H1B visa?

Answer When applying for a visa "stamp," the petition must be valid and the job must still be available. If circumstances change after the visa is issued, there is no cooling off period required to apply for an amendment. Further, the existing visa typically would remain...

28 Nov 2022

DACA Implemented as a Regulation

On October 31, 2022, a new final rule on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) went into effect. The implementation of this final rule means that DACA – a program that provides certain temporary protections and benefits to qualifying undocumented immigrants who were brought to...

09 Nov 2022

Revised Form N-648 to Help Naturalization Applicants with Disabilities

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an updated policy regarding medical certification for disability exceptions (form N-648) to make the naturalization process more accessible for applicants with disabilities. The USCIS policy manual clarifies the manner in which medical professionals can properly complete...