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H1B Grace Period 60 Days USCIS Rule – Job Loss, You Quit, H4 EAD, FAQs

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 50 Comments

Some of the unfortunate H1B holders go through situations, where their company does a layoff as part of cost cutting, merger or acquisition…in the past, there was no concept of grace period and H1B holders were out of status upon job termination or layoff…but, in Jan 2017, USCIS made effective a set of rules that helps certain employment based non-immigrants …

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F1 Visa Renewal Experience with STEM OPT using Dropbox – India

In US Visa Stamping Experiences by KumarUpdated : 4 Comments

Many students avoid traveling during STEM OPT, if their F1 visa stamp has expired on their passport. They are worried that there would be issues with F1 stamping and they cannot come back…while some of the fear is true and understandable, but there are positive outcomes as well. Below is an experience shared by our reader, Heer with successful F1 …

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H1B Historical Data – Lottery vs 85K Quota, Masters vs Regular Split

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 6 Comments

As you know, DHS proposed a pre-registration rule for H1B lottery recently. As part of the propose rule documentation, USCIS revealed many of their internal H1B statistics data regarding petitions filed, overall lottery numbers, premium petitions, US masters vs Regular quota filings, etc. This H1B data used to be only provided on request and not widely published to everyone. Now, …

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H1B Visa Pre-registration Requirements Proposed Rule, Lottery, Analysis

In H1B Visa by KumarUpdated : 14 Comments

As announced in Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda, DHS and USCIS published the proposed new H1B petition pre-registration rule in Federal Register for public review and comments. It had an expected date of Oct 2018 for Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), but got delayed to December. Actual proposed rule document is 139 pages. We will cover the below aspects of …

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News : H4 Employee Protection Act (EAD)– New Bill by Eshoo, Lofgren

In H4 Visa by KumarUpdated : 5 Comments

As we have H4 EAD Rule Removal Process in progress by Trump Administration, on Nov 16th, House Representatives  Anna G. Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren have introduced a new bill in House to “Allow certain H4 Dependent Spouses to Apply for Employment Authorization (EAD)”. Below is a quick summary and status. Update :  This bill is re-introduced in House in 2019 …

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US Visa – Annotations : Clearance Received or Department Authorization Meaning ?

In US Immigration - Visas by KumarUpdated : 5 Comments

Sometimes, you may get US visa stamp in your passport with an annotation, sometimes there maybe no annotations in them. It can be confusing for few for us. Also, when you are applying for visa and filling out DS-160 form, you also may also encounter questions like below Was your prior H1B Visa (temporary occupation, temporary worker or trainee) annotated …