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...

02 Oct 2017

I was not selected in the H1B lottery, but my STEM OPT is valid for another year. Can my employer start my green card case, even though I am not on H1B?

Answer The "green card" process can typically be started at any time, regardless of one's current nonimmigrant status. (02.Oct.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law in real time. For details on chat participation, click here.Access...

08 Sep 2017

I have recently submitted an application for a 24-month extension of my optional practical training (OPT), based on my STEM degree. Prior to filing my STEM OPT application, my current employer and I completed an I-983 form and provided it to my DSO. …

… The DSO reviewed the I-983 and issued me a new I-20 with the STEM OPT recommendation that I submitted with my application. I have now received a new offer of employment from another company. Am I allowed to change to a new company while...

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