As many of you know the Public Charge Rule impacting H1B, H4, F1, L1 and many other visa holders is set to be effective from October 15th, 2019. In fact, USCIS even released new forms like I-539 with Public Charge info. In the past couple of months, we had over a dozen lawsuits nationwide. After … Read morePublic Charge Rule – Blocked by Courts – Official Orders, Summary
As many of you know, USCIS in mid Aug 2019, released the final version of the Public Charge rule that impacts H1B, H4, L1, F1 visa holders, including many other visa types. It is set to be effective from October 15th, 2019. USCIS has released new version of the forms late yesterday. If you are … Read moreHow to fill USCIS New I-539 Form with Public Charge Info: H4, L1, F1?
F2 Visa stamping is one of the trickiest ones as many users have reported their visa stamping did not go well as planned, in fact one user got F2 stamping after 6th attempt. Anyways, one of our readers, Vishnu has taken time to share their successful F2 visa stamping experience in India. Thanks to Vishnu … Read moreF2 Visa Stamping Experience India – F1 holder on OPT, newly married
One of our readers recently got their H4 visa stamping done using Dropbox using the New Appointment Process at Hyderabad, India. The user was kind enough to take time to share their experience with the community. Thanks to our user ( anonymous) for privacy for taking time to share their experience. H4 Dropbox Experience Hyderabad– … Read moreH4 Dropbox Experience with Appointment: Process, Documents 2019
Earlier today H4 EAD lawsuit case oral argument was held at 9:30 AM EST. Below is the summary, key argument points. If you need background, you can read H4 EAD Lawsuit History article to get details on the timeline. First, Save Jobs USA got the chance to present their case. Below are the key points … Read moreH4 EAD Lawsuit Case: Oral Argument Summary, Next steps ?
Let’s quickly look at the background of both HR 1044 and S.386 Bills and their history before we jump into the amendment for your context. History of HR 1044 Bill History, S 386 Bills : Back in early July 2019, HR 1044 Bill to Remove Per Country Limits was passed in House and was introduced … Read moreWhat is Senate Amended HR 1044 Bill? S386 + Section A + H1B, LCA?
Since Trump Administration took office, they have done many changes to the H1B program to increase oversight and combat fraud. As a result, and we have seen a big spike in the overall RFEs with these changes. One of the most common H1B Visa RFEs that USCIS has been issuing to F1 students on OPT … Read moreH1B RFE – F1 OPT Maintenance of Status – Approval Experience, Samples
US consulate general in India quietly updated their visa processing website ustraveldocs.com today, making changes to the way they process US Visa stampings using Interview Waiver option, popularly called as Dropbox. There was no official press release on the US consulate or embassy page on this topic, but an unclassified document was released last week … Read moreUS Visa Stamping India: Dropbox Appointment Must, if eligible: Sep 1
Since the introduction of the New I-539 Form with Biometrics, many of the H4 Visa Holders, who have filed H4 extensions / Change of Status along with their spouse’s H1B Petition in premium processing, have been waiting for their petition decision…Majority of them applied for H4 EAD, and were waiting for decision to continue working … Read moreH4+EAD Processing Times after Biometrics – User Data, Averages
Any foreigner planning to go to America need to get a US Visa at an American Consulate/ Embassy in their home country. If they are applying for a Non-immigrant Visa, then the US Visa/ Consular Officer would look at the intent of the visa applicant, if it is either non-immigrant or immigrant and either issue … Read moreDual Intent H1B, L1, H4 Visas vs Nonimmigrant Intent F1, B1? 214(b)?
Couple of users went through H1B, H4 visa stampings and some good tips regarding things like smart watch, issues with DS-160, fixing them that are good to know. Thanks a lot to our readers Aswin and Anonymous (for privacy) for taking time to share their detail visa stamping Experiences with community. We appreciate it ! … Read more2 H1B Visa, H4 Stamping Experiences – India 2019, Questions, Tips
USCIS, DHS recently published final version of the ‘Public Charge’ rule, officially titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds”. In the public charge rule, they mentioned that, a foreigner’s likelihood of becoming public charge would be determined based on totality of circumstances of the individual, and they would use “Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency” to assess … Read moreUSCIS Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, Assess Public Charge
Trump administration recently published the final version of the new ‘public charge rule’ officially called as “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” that is expected to have significant impact on most types of US visa holders and future Green Card Applicants. We have published an article with the summary of Public Charge rule, its Impact for … Read moreNew Public Charge Rule Impact for F1 Students, F2, OPT, STEM OPT?
The USCIS, DHS rule titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds”, popularly known as “the Public Charge Rule” is one of the biggest changes to US legal immigration in many years. It is officially published today, Aug 14th 2019, in Federal Register as final rule by USCIS. The rule will be in effect from October 15th, … Read morePublic Charge Rule for GCs, Transfers, Extensions – H1B, H4, L1 Impact
Since Trump Administration took office, they have put in more policies for H1B compliance, including Executive order of Buy American, Hire American that had brought in more and more scrutiny of the H1B petitions and practices by H1B employers regarding usage of H1B program, including more USCIS Administrative Site Visits for H1B program compliance. As … Read moreTop 20 Clients for Major Outsourcing MNCs – Onsite H1Bs – DOL Stats
If you are in US as F1 student and working in either OPT or STEM OPT, it is critical for you to have to have the ability to drive to work or move around. Many of the OPT students, who have applied for H1B Petition with USCIS and picked in H1B lottery, would be in … Read moreHow to Renew Driver License during OPT Cap Gap? SAVE Verify, FAQs
Many of the foreign working professionals in US on non-immigrant visas such as H1B visa or L1 visa usually apply for Green Card to become permanent resident in US. Per country numerical limits for issuance of green cards is one of the biggest factors that determines how soon they will be able to get their … Read moreS386 Bill – GC Country Limits Removal – Amendment, Chances, Updates
The demand for H1B visas in US continue to be at its peak with H1B lottery in the last few years. USCIS is introducing New H1B Registration Rule from FY 2021 season to reduce costs and streamline operations. In this context of high demand for H1Bs, being counted towards H1B cap in the past has … Read moreApply H1B after 6 Years to Recapture unused Time – USCIS Rule
If you live in US on a Non-immigrant Visa like H1B, F1, L1, etc. there are many situations, where you will encounter terms such as “being in lawful status”, “going out of status”, “being in period of authorized stay”, or “accruing unlawful presence”…It is important to understand the differences so that you can maintain your … Read morePeriod of Authorized Stay vs Unlawful Presence vs Out of Status – FAQs
Many of the H1B visa applicants, who filed in FY 2020 quota have been waiting for their results. Some have been lucky to get picked in the H1B Visa Lottery, where as some have been unlucky. Many of the unlucky ones are still waiting for the results from USCIS regarding their H1B Visa 2020 Petition…One … Read moreH1B Visa 2020 Lottery Results – Reject Notices Arrive – Sample by User
Every Bill to become a law in US need to go through certain steps in House and Senate and then goes to President to be signed and become law in US. As we look at recent HR 1044 Bill Status next steps in Senate, it is good to understand the overall process of Bill to … Read moreHow does a Bill become Law in US? Congress: House vs Senate Steps?
If you live, work in America on a non-immigrant visa such as H1B Visa, L1 Visa and plan to apply for green card to become permanent resident in US, per country numerical limitation or cap is an important factor that determine how soon you will get your green card. Many efforts have been made in … Read moreHR 1044 Green Card Bill to Remove per Country Limits – Info, Chances?
With New I-539 form Biometrics process, there are delays in H4 and EAD processing. We even have H4 EAD Processing Delays Lawsuit that is filed by some. So far, many of our users have shared only cases that are from Vermont, check H4 Biometrics Experiences, Timelines . One of our reader filed at California Service … Read moreH4 Biometrics + EAD, Approval Samples – CSC Experience, H4 Dropbox
Since USCIS Introduced the New I539A form with Biometrics, many H4 Visa holders , who have filed H4 Extension using the new Biometrics process are waiting for the approvals. If your driving license expires, you may not be able to renew it in some states with pending H4 receipt notice. But, luckily California has a … Read moreH4 Driving License Renewal, Pending H4 – Experience : AB 60 License
One of our readers and my friend, Puneeth, recently went through L2 visa stamping and after entering US applied for L2 EAD. He has taken time to share their experience with us. Thanks to him for sharing it with all of us. You can share it with community by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post … Read moreL2 Visa Stamping India + Applying L2 EAD in US – Experiences – 2019
Earlier today a piece of news story was reported by Reuters on setting 15% H1B cap by country and very specifically India due to the trade tensions and tariffs. Based on that one piece of news by Reuters, many media agencies picked that up and the same is republished based on that. I recall the … Read moreH1B Cap – 10 to 15% Limits for India, Others – Is it True ? Can they do?
As most of you know, with the New I539 form for H4 with Biometrics, there is a huge delay in the H4 processing times, even if you were to file H4 concurrently with H1B in premium processing. In the past, USCIS was adjudicating the H4 and H4 EADs in premium processing as a courtesy, but … Read moreCan I work on H4 EAD Receipt, Renewal Pending? 180 Days Extension?
As many of you know with the introduction of New I-539 Form with biometrics for H4 Holders, the processing time for H4 visa extensions and Change of Status applications has drastically increased, even if they are filed with H1B in premium processing. While, there is no legal requirement that USCIS has to process H4 and … Read moreH4 EAD Processing Delays with Biometrics Lawsuit – Court Case Info
Many of you are going through the H1B process for the first time, as you applied for H1B Visa 2020 Season earlier in April. Some of you may be wondering, how does an H1B approval notice look like ? What information does it have ? How does the official approval look like ? How does … Read moreH1B 2020 Approval Notices – Regular, Premium – Shared by Users
Since the New I-539 form with Biometrics this year, many of you have been waiting for H4 Approval timelines and we absolutely had no data. Our reader community have been actively contributing their experiences in comments and many user directly to us, you can check all of it at : H4 Extension Biometrics Experiences with … Read moreH4 Approval Notice after Biometrics in 2019 – Shared by User
Trump Administration as part of their goal to increase overall screening and vetting process for US visa applications, published regulation last year in 2018 for public comments that included options such as adding additional social media questions for DS-160 and DS-260 forms that are used for US visa applications. Now, that regulation is implemented in … Read moreUS Visa forms DS-160, 260 has Social Media Questions now – Samples
As you all know, recently Trump Administration announced Spring 2019 Regulatory Agenda and H4 EAD rule removal continues to be part of their priorities. In response to that, and on-going H4 EAD Rule Lawsuit with Save Jobs USA, Senator Eshoo introduced a bill called “ Allowing Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses to Apply for Employment Authorization” … Read moreH4 Employee Protection Act – H4 EADs– Re-introduced in House 2019
As many of you know, twice a year, the US Federal Government publishes their Regulatory agenda outlining their priorities for the upcoming months. Similar to previous year’s Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda, USCIS published their Spring 2019 regulatory agenda / Unified Agenda with their list of priorities for the upcoming months. Some of them just carried … Read moreSpring 2019 Regulatory Agenda – H1B, H4, F1, Other Visas Changes
Since the introduction of New I-539 form, Biometrics Process by USCIS, earlier this year, it has been a long wait for many of the H4 visa holders, who are waiting for their H4 extensions and H4 EAD approvals. Previously, when H4 extensions and H4 EAD were filed along with H1B petition in premium processing, as … Read moreTravel out of US with H4 Extension, COS or H4 EAD Pending – Options?
Earlier today, President Trump announced their administration’s high-level Immigration Plan for 2019 and beyond, even for their future election campaign. On a high level, it is nothing but a revival of RAISE Act – Points Based Immigration System announcement, which went dormant after announcement in 2017. There are no specifics announced yet by the Trump … Read moreMerit Based Green Card by Trump 2019 – No Specifics of Points, Policy
H1B Dropbox can be quite simple and straightforward process, but at times, it can be tricky and you may get 221g and maybe be asked for in person interview. One of our users went through the same process, where she had to attend interview and finally got stamping. Thanks to Yasmeen for taking time to … Read moreH1B Dropbox Experience Chennai – 221g Blue Slip, Visa Interview
As many of you know last year news, USCIS published F1 Unlawful Presence Memo in 2018, with effective date of August 9th, 2018 that changed the way they calculate the unlawful presence. There was a lawsuit filed on this memo by a group of institutions late last year. This was in court for some time … Read moreF1 Unlawful Presence Memo Lawsuit – Blocked by Court. Why? Next?
As you all know from H4 EAD Rule Lawsuit History, Timeline, ‘Save Jobs USA’ was due to file their reply brief today and they did file their appellant’s reply brief in response to the DHS Appellee Brief , Intervenor Brief by Immigration Voice, and Intervenor brief by Other Trade Agencies . It is about 37 … Read moreH4 EAD News : Appellant’s Reply Brief Summary by Save Jobs– Apr 29
One of our readers, Radhika, recently submitted her documents for dropbox stamping in Bangalore in India. She was kind enough to take time to write up and share her experience with the community. Thanks to Radhika for taking time to write up her experience. You can share your experience to us here or post it … Read moreH4 Visa Dropbox Experience India– Documents, Process, Photo – 2019
I see many people, who filed for H1B Visa 2020 season, worried about not picked in lottery, and some filed in regular processing wondering when they will get their receipts. In this article, we will cover below topics: How would I know, if I am selected in H1B Lottery? When will we know H1B lottery … Read moreH1B 2020 Lottery Results, Timeline – Premium Processing vs. Regular