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

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....

04 Dec 2017

I have been working in H1B for 3 years, but am now changing to F-1 status to get a degree in a completely different field. After graduating, would I then need to go through the lottery again to return to H1B?

Answer No, if one has been counted against the H1B cap, moving to a different field of work would not make the person cap-subject. As long as the six years of H1B time have not been fully utilized, the person typically still would remain cap exempt....

06 Nov 2017

Can my employer sponsor me for a green card while I am on OPT? Or, do I need to first obtain H1B status before the green card process can be started?

Answer The green card process typically can be initiated while the foreign national is on OPT. There is no requirement that one have a particular visa status to be sponsored for a green card. (06.Nov.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys...

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