USCIS Confirms H1B Registration Dates for FY 2021 Season, Details

Earlier today USCIS released a press note confirming the launch of New H1B Registration System for upcoming H1B Visa 2021 Season and listed out the key dates. Let’s look at the details of key points from the press release and key dates as outlined by USCIS.  Also, we will add more info related to the … Read moreUSCIS Confirms H1B Registration Dates for FY 2021 Season, Details

Called for Interview after Dropbox – H1B Visa – Experience Hyderabad

As most of you know, since September 1st, 2019, it is mandatory to book appointment for Dropbox for US Visa in India. Some got successful Dropbox Stamping for US Visa with Appointment, but we have noticed few users reported that they got 221g and have been called for interview. One of our readers, Surya Teja … Read moreCalled for Interview after Dropbox – H1B Visa – Experience Hyderabad

How to withdraw H4 Application? Sample Letter, USCIS Confirmation

Since the introduction of the New I-539 form with Biometrics, the processing delays have skyrocketed. Many are waiting for months with H4 EAD pending after Biometrics… It is a challenge for many to travel out of US with pending H4 with USCIS  as it can lead to I-94 mismatches or abandonment of the change of … Read moreHow to withdraw H4 Application? Sample Letter, USCIS Confirmation

Fall 2019 Regulatory Agenda for H1B, L1, H4 EAD, F1 OPT, B1,GC

Every year US Federal Govt publishes their key priorities in the form of Unified Agenda with the key regulations they are working on and what they plan to do in the upcoming months. The regulatory agenda involves various agencies priorities, but for our audience, we will focus only on the regulatory agenda items related to … Read moreFall 2019 Regulatory Agenda for H1B, L1, H4 EAD, F1 OPT, B1,GC

H1B Visa 2021 – Registration, Lottery, Deadlines, Planning, Fee, FAQs

If you have been unlucky in the H1B visa 2020 season or planning to apply for H1B visa in the next fiscal year, it is important for you to be prepared ahead of time. As we may very likely have new registration system in place for the next fiscal year, the deadlines will vary and … Read moreH1B Visa 2021 – Registration, Lottery, Deadlines, Planning, Fee, FAQs

H1B Visa 2021 – Registration, Lottery, Deadlines, Planning, Fee, FAQs

If you have been unlucky in the H1B visa 2020 season or planning to apply for H1B visa in the next fiscal year, it is important for you to be prepared ahead of time. As we may very likely have new registration system in place for the next fiscal year, the deadlines will vary and … Read moreH1B Visa 2021 – Registration, Lottery, Deadlines, Planning, Fee, FAQs

H4 EAD Lawsuit – Court Judgement Summary – Save Jobs Wins

As many of you have been waiting for the H4 EAD Lawsuit News updates, court has given their judgment earlier today. In short, the judgement says that Save Jobs has standing, and the case is sent back to the district court for further consideration.  We have summarized the key points from the court judgement documents … Read moreH4 EAD Lawsuit – Court Judgement Summary – Save Jobs Wins

H1B Visa Stamping Experience 2019 – Biometrics, Interview – Chennai

US Visa Stamping is one of the key steps in your journey to work in US. If you are a first timer going for US Visa stamping, it is important for you to be prepared well. There is no better thing than reading visa stamping experience from a first timer applying for H1B Visa stamping. … Read moreH1B Visa Stamping Experience 2019 – Biometrics, Interview – Chennai

Indian Passport Processing Delays – RPO Process, Tatkal – Experience

Since the online passport application system, you do not need an agent and you can apply for new or renew Indian passport on your own. Also, as NRI, you also do not need an agent and can apply for passport renewal as NRI using the same process. But, at times, especially as NRI, you are … Read moreIndian Passport Processing Delays – RPO Process, Tatkal – Experience

New Public Charge Rule for US Visa Stampings – H1B, H4, L1, B1, F1

Starting from Today, October 15th, 2019, US Department of State will apply new public charge rule guidelines to assess all visa stampings done at US Consulates and Embassies across the world. In short, from today, the Consular Officer or Visa officer assessing your US Visa application, during visa interview, will evaluate your application based on … Read moreNew Public Charge Rule for US Visa Stampings – H1B, H4, L1, B1, F1

Public Charge Rule – Blocked by Courts – Official Orders, Summary

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

How to fill USCIS New I-539 Form with Public Charge Info: H4, L1, F1?

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 Experience India – F1 holder on OPT, newly married

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

H4 Dropbox Experience with Appointment: Process, Documents 2019

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

H4 EAD Lawsuit Case: Oral Argument Summary, Next steps ?

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 ?

What is Senate Amended HR 1044 Bill? S386 + Section A + H1B, LCA?

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?

H1B RFE – F1 OPT Maintenance of Status – Approval Experience, Samples

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 Visa Stamping India: Dropbox Appointment Must, if eligible: Sep 1

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

H4+EAD Processing Times after Biometrics – User Data, Averages

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

Dual Intent H1B, L1, H4 Visas vs Nonimmigrant Intent F1, B1? 214(b)?

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)?

2 H1B Visa, H4 Stamping Experiences – India 2019, Questions, Tips

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 Form I-944 Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, Assess Public Charge

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

New Public Charge Rule Impact for F1 Students, F2, OPT, STEM OPT?

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?

Public Charge Rule for GCs, Transfers, Extensions – H1B, H4, L1 Impact

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

Top 20 Clients for Major Outsourcing MNCs – Onsite H1Bs – DOL Stats

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

S386 Bill – GC Country Limits Removal – Amendment, Chances, Updates

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

Apply H1B after 6 Years to Recapture unused Time – USCIS Rule

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

Period of Authorized Stay vs Unlawful Presence vs Out of Status – FAQs

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

H1B Visa 2020 Lottery Results – Reject Notices Arrive – Sample by User

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

HR 1044 Green Card Bill to Remove per Country Limits – Info, Chances?

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?

H4 Biometrics + EAD, Approval Samples – CSC Experience, H4 Dropbox

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

H4 Driving License Renewal, Pending H4 – Experience : AB 60 License

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

L2 Visa Stamping India + Applying L2 EAD in US – Experiences – 2019

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 redbus2us@gmail.com or post … Read moreL2 Visa Stamping India + Applying L2 EAD in US – Experiences – 2019

H1B Cap – 10 to 15% Limits for India, Others – Is it True ? Can they do?

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?

Can I work on H4 EAD Receipt, Renewal Pending? 180 Days Extension?

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?

H4 EAD Processing Delays with Biometrics Lawsuit – Court Case Info

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

H4 Approval Notice after Biometrics in 2019 – Shared by User

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