27 Oct 2022

I was working in H1B status, and then went back to my home country due to an emergency. It has been about seven months, and I now wish to return to my H1B position in the U.S. My visa stamp is still valid, and my employer is supporting this. Is there anything special I need to carry due to my prolonged absence?

Answer There are no special requirements for returning to an H1B position after an extended trip abroad. That being said, it may be a good idea to carry an updated letter from the employer verifying that the H1B position is still available. (26.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other...

27 Oct 2022

My employer is filing my H1B extension and my wife’s H-4 extension. However, they told me I needed to file for her H-4 EAD extension separately, on my own. Can I apply for her EAD extension while the H-4 extension is still pending? Or do I need to wait for the H-4 extension to be approved?

Answer Assuming the H-4 spouse qualifies, it normally is possible to file for an H-4 EAD extension (or initial H-4 EAD) while an H-4 extension is still pending. (26.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online...

27 Oct 2022

The USCIS recently denied my L1A petition because they said the U.S. position did not appear to be managerial. The U.S. position is very technical, so we now want to reapply under the L1B category. How long do we have to wait after the L1A denial before filing the L1B petition?

Answer There is no set amount of time one must wait to file an L1B petition after an L1A petition is denied. In fact, it is even possible to file another L1A petition immediately following an L1A denial. However, filing a second L1A petition generally would...

20 Oct 2022

My wife and I are Canadian, and she is coming to the U.S. to work in H1B status. I work as an engineer for a Canadian company, and my employer allows me to work remotely. Could I work for the Canadian company from the U.S. in TN status?

Answer In certain circumstances, it is possible to work in the U.S. in TN status for a Canadian employer. However, it appears this is only permissible if the TN worker will be performing services for a U.S. entity. For instance, if your Canadian employer has a...

05 Oct 2022

I am a U.S. citizen and am sponsoring my brother for a family-based green card. Will the pending I-130 prevent him from being issued an H1B?

Answer Unlike most nonimmigrant visa categories, the H1B category allows for dual intent. Therefore, a pending (or approved) family-based green card case normally would not impact a person's ability to apply for H1B status. (05.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

05 Oct 2022

I am in H-4 status and my husband has an approved I-140. I recently gave birth to our first child, and I have no intentions of working for the foreseeable future. As a precaution, however, I was considering applying for an H-4 EAD. Is this permitted even if I may never use the EAD?

Answer Yes, this is allowed. The H-4 EAD provides the individual with unrestricted work authorization, but it does not require that the person actually work. (05.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here....

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...