14 Aug 2017

I am on H1B and have a pending I-485. I plan on moving to a new employer using AC21, and will work using my EAD, instead of H1B. Do I have to exit and reenter the country using advance parole prior to beginning at my new employer, so that I am not considered out of status?

Answer Travel would typically not be necessary. As soon as one leaves the H1B employer (without the filing of another H1B petition by the new employer), one is no longer in H1B status. But, based on the pending I-485, one generally would automatically fall into a...

10 Aug 2017

USCIS Denying Advance Parole Applications Based on Overseas Travel

In a recent trend, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to deny advance parole (AP) applications (form I-131) for applicants who have traveled abroad before their applications are approved. This is in stark contrast to the previous, longstanding policy, which allowed...

07 Aug 2017

I have an approved I-140 with Employer A, and I am about to complete six years on H1B. Can I file for an H1B change of employer / extension with Employer B, even if the new H1B position is completely different from the I-140 position?

Answer In general, an approved I-140 can be used to extend H1B status beyond 6 years, regardless of the job or employer. (07.Aug.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...

31 Jul 2017

I have about one year of H1B time remaining, but the USCIS recently granted me a three-year H1B extension. Am I allowed to remain in H1B status for the extra two years?

Answer The USCIS sometimes inadvertently issues an approval for a longer duration than is legally allowed. In general, one should not rely on these USCIS errors, because the USCIS generally will not consider themselves bound by their own mistakes. Assuming you do not qualify for the...

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