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Question #1 – B-1 Temporary Business Visitor
How long can someone stay in US on a Business Visa (B1/B2)?
Answer #1 – You may receive a Visitor Visa valid for 10 years; however, the maximum duration of stay in the United States on a B1/B2 visa is 6 months.
Question #2 – H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa
Do non-profit organizations follow the same guidelines/rules for filing H-1B cases?
Answer #2 – No. H-1B workers who are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education (or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities), a nonprofit research organization, or a government research organization are not subject to the numerical cap. In other words, if a nonprofit research organization wants to employ a qualified H1B specialty occupation worker in the middle of June, they may petition the USCIS directly, and do not have to wait for the annual April 1, H-1B CAP to open.
Question #3 – Employment Based Immigration
I have an approved I-140 in the EB-3 category. My new employer wants to file an application for me in the EB-2 category. Can I make the switch if I believe I am qualified?
Answer #3 – If the employer offers you the position, and you are able to satisfy the minimum education and experience requirements for the position, you should be able to make the switch and petition to recapture the earlier priority date at the I-140 stage.
Question #4 – Conditional Permanent Residence
Are there any type of restrictions on a Conditional Green Card? Once I get my green card, can I travel out of the country?
Answer #4 – A conditional green card is only granted for a period of two years. Within 90 days of the expiration of the two year anniversary period, you must file to remove those conditions (Form I-751) with the USCIS, or risk losing conditional green card status and being deported. With a conditional green card, you may travel outside of the U.S.; however, you should limit your trips abroad to less than one (1) year to avoid any abandonment issues, unless you have applied for a re-entry permit.
Question #5 – H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa
What is the minimum time period for which an H-1B visa can be issued? Can it be less than 3 years? If yes, what is the minimum number of years for which my employer can sponsor me for a visa?
Answer #5 – It depends. I’ve seen H1B approvals for the entire three (3) year period, and cases approved for only two (2) months. You should speak with an Immigration Attorney concerning your circumstances.
Question #6 – Family Based Immigration
As a Lawful Permanent Resident, can I file an I-130 petition for my family members?
Answer #6 – It depends upon your relationship to that family member. As an LPR, you may only petition on behalf of your spouse, your children, and your unmarried sons and daughters (21 and older). An I-130, Immigrant Petition for Alien Relative will need to be filed for each qualifying family member.
Question#7 – Change of Address (Form AR-11)
My family and I are in the process of moving to a new home this summer. How do I notify the USCIS of this change? I have a pending I-485 for myself, my wife and child.
Answer #7 – To notify the USCIS of any address change for any pending cases, the process consists of two (2) steps:
Step1: File Form AR-11 (online OR by mail)
AND Step 2: Change your address on any pending or recently approved applications or petitions (online OR by phone at 1-800-375-5283)
Question #8 – L1 Intracompany Transferee Work Visa
How long can one stay in the US on an L-1A visa?
Answer #8 – If the L1A recipient is coming to open a new office in the U.S., the initial L1A visa will only be valid for a period of one (1) year. The recipient will then have to petition the USCIS for an extension of stay in L1A status. The max limit in L1A nonimmigrant visa status is seven (7) years.
Question#9 – Green Card
Can I change my employer once I receive my Green Card or is there a waiting period?
Answer #9 – Our recommendation is that you wait at least six (6) months after receiving your green card before changing employers.
Question #10 – Visa Bulletin
Where can I find the visa bulletin numbers?
Answer #10 – On the U.S. Department of State website: Visa Bulletin
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