16 Apr 2018

I’m in H1B status right now, but want to move to F-1 status to get a master’s degree. When I’m done with that program, can I then return to H1B status?

Answer One generally could change status to F-1 student, complete one's education, and then have an employer file an H1B petition to "recapture" the remainder of the 6 years of H1B time. (16.Apr.2018)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance...

16 Apr 2018

Last year, I changed status to H1B, so I am in valid status, but I don’t have an H1B visa stamp. I will soon be visiting a friend in El Paso, Texas. Will not having a valid H1B stamp be a problem?

Answer A visa foil (commonly referred to as a "stamp") is an entry document. As long as one remains in the U.S., there generally is no need to have a valid visa.That being said, border cities, like El Paso, sometimes have border patrol checkpoints. El Paso...

12 Apr 2018

NewsFlash! H1B Cap Lottery Completed for FY 2019

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed the randomized H1B cap lottery selection process. The USCIS reported that it received 190,098 petitions this year, which is a slight reduction from the 199,000 H1B petitions received last year, and is...

09 Apr 2018

My application to change status from H1B to F-2 is currently pending. Can a new employer file an H1B for me while the COS is still pending?

Answer This would be possible, yes. However, the last approval to take effect would govern one's status, so this requires caution. You probably should consult with an attorney before proceeding with this. (09.Apr.2018)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance...

06 Apr 2018

NewsFlash! H1B Cap Reached for FY 2019

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that the H1B cap limit for fiscal year 2019 (FY19) has been reached. This applies to both the 65,000 regular H1B cap limit as well as the 20,000 advanced degree (masters) cap exemptions.As the H1B case...

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