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Good News to Indian Nationals, EB2 (Employment based preference) has moved to May 01, 2009. This means if you have a PERM priority date of Good News to Indian Nationals, EB2 (Employment based preference) has moved to May 01, 2009. This means if you have a PERM priority date of May 01, 2009 or earlier, you are eligible to file for Adjustment of Status (Green card) on September 01, 2014.   Get your Medicals and other documents ready, if you need any help, please comment below with requests, suggestions and happy moods!...
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H1B Visas are in higher demand now than they have ever been before in the past.  Although the USCIS application deadline is on October 1st every year, the 65,000 H1B Visas slots fill up so quickly applicants must be ready to submit in April to stand a chance.  Along with this high demand, the rate that the USCIS has been responding to petitions with Requests for Evidence (RFE) is also at an all-time high.  Just less than six years ago just 4% of petitions were met with an RFE.  Now more than one in every four H1B applications receives an RFE....
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USCIS Customers Can Select Delivery Service to Receive Documents Release Date: August 12, 2014 USCIS customers can use the overnight delivery or courier service of their choice to receive certain documents. This option provides greater customer service by allowing you to select your preferred delivery service provider to receive documents such as approval and denial notices, requests for evidence, and most travel documents.  To ensure your overnight delivery requests are not delayed, please remember to: ·         Include a prepaid air bill when you submit your application, petition, or response to a request for evidence. The best way to avoid delivery errors is to...
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What is the possibility of getting through successfully? Did anybody receive RFE similar to this?  On August 5, 2014, we mailed a notice requesting additional evidence or information in this case I129 PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER. Please follow the instructions on the notice to submit the requested information. This case will be in suspense until we receive the evidence or the opportunity to submit it expires. Once we receive the requested evidence or information and make a decision on the case, you will be notified by mail. If you move while this case is pending, please use our Change of Address online tool...
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  This is the H1B Request for Evidence (RFE) that runs chills down lawyers' spines.  It is called the Nightmare (because is causes horrible anxious nightmares) or Kitchen Sink (because EVERYTHING is in it but the kitchen sink).  Brace yourselves, here is an example of one such RFE. *** Evaluation of Training and/or Experience by a College Official: Submit an evaluation form from an official who has authority to grant college-level credit for training and/or experience in the specialty of a Graphic Designer.  The evaluation must be from an accredited college or university that has a program for granting such credit...
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It is very common that most H1B, L1, F1, J1, M1 and their dependents may not have a valid visa stamping to travel abroad if you have changed your status or extended your non-immigrants status. US Customs and Border Protection has made a provision to validate an expired non-immigrant visa to be automatically extended to the date of entry to the United States. This provision is called “AUTOMATIC RE-VALIDATION OF VISAS “ Please note that each visa category has exceptions of countries that you may travel and return to the United States without a VALID VISA STAMPING ON YOUR PASSPORT. Apart from the exceptions and countries...
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Good News to Indian Nationals, EB2 (Employment based preference) has moved to January 22, 2009. This means if you have a PERM priority date of January 22, 2009 or earlier, you are eligible to file for Adjustment of Status (Green card) on August 01, 2014.   Get your Medicals and other documents ready, if you need any help, please comment below with requests, suggestions and happy moods! Like us on Facebook to get Live Updates!            ...
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We all know that drinking and driving is not only dangerous, it’s a crime in the United States. One may get arrested while driving intoxicated with Alcohol or Drugs. In this Article, I would like to discuss about the consequences of Arrests and DUI/DWI charges to your H1B, F1 or Green Card Immigration status. “Please note that this article is also informational to every person in the United States who is a non-citizen.” What is DUI/DWI? DUI stands for Driving under Influence and DWI stands for Driving while Intoxicated with Alcohol, Drugs, etc. Driving while Intoxicated is a crime in the...
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What is Specialty occupation? “8 C.F.R. § 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(A). In order to perform services in a specialty occupation, an alien must meet one of the following criteria: (1) hold a United States baccalaureate or higher degree as required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; (2) possess a foreign degree determined to be equivalent to a United States baccalaureate or higher degree as required by the specialty occupation from an accredited college or university; (3) have any required license or other official permission to practice the occupation (for example, architect, surveyor, physical therapist) in the state in which employment...
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The following sample letter can be used in an EVC Model (Employer-Vendor-Client)                                     ***TO BE PRINTED ON LETTER HEAD*** Date To whom it may Concern: Dear Sir or Madam: Please note that we have contracted with Vendor Name to obtain services of Mr/Ms Candidate through his H1B Employer, Company Name. He/She be providing services at our location ADDRESS as a Programmer/ Analyst with the following details. Start Date:  Date Anticipated End Date:  Date with strong possibility of Extensions Job Duties:  (Change job duties as necessary) ·  Interact with management and business analysts to determine system requirements. ·  Develop functional and...
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The following template is to be used to request copies of Immigration Records, you may use this for records of any type of Non-Immigrant or Immigrant Petition. I have made this letter for H1B records. You may write a letter with your Name, passport number and case type. Please use a United States address as USCIS will send your case information in a Compact Disc. You can mail or fax NOIA request for USCIS records, including alien files and procurement information, to the National Records Center.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Records Center, FOIA/PA Office P. O. Box 648010 Lee’s...
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Here is a sample Expert Opinion Letter that may be used for H1B Petitions to determine specialty occupation for certain positions. Opinion_Letter.pdf  Like us on Facebook to get Live Updates!            ...
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Here is a sample Educational evaluation with Experience that can be used for H1B Petitions. If your H1B is filed for an I.T. Position and your education is not directly related to I.T field, you may get an Educational evaluation with experience to obtain an equivalency to an I.T. related field in the United States. Evaluation_with_Experience.pdf   Like us on Facebook to get Live Updates!            ...
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We had several queries from our supporters about H1B filing, lottery and tracking the returned H1B packages. How to ensure that the H1B was filed? If the H1B is not picked in the lottery, how to track the H1B Return packages?   The good news is that unlike previous years, USCIS is now sending a letter with the name of the beneficiary along with a receipt number for the file. Please see a sample from Vermont Service Center below.   Has anyone received a letter like this from H1B Employers? If you were advised that your H1B was not picked in...
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The letters from USCIS are pouring in and some of the good news (you made it past the lottery) comes with bad news ... you have an RFE - Request for Further Evidence.  Do not panic.  This is not a denial. The biggest reason for RFEs was in last week’s blog - a job offer that does not match the education.  This is generally overcome with an evaluation that combines education with work experience in the field. Another common RFE is one that says your education is not government accredited.  Programs such as APTECH, which used to be accepted by USCIS...
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As you are aware, USCIS has begun approving FY 2015 petitions during the first week of May 2014 and continue to approve both Premium and regular processing H1B Petitions. It is very surprising to note that H1B petitions that were filed under Regular Processing are being adjudicated with an approval or an RFE in such a short time. It is as quick as compared to the H1Bs filed under premium processing. I am very happy to hear from several H1B Employers and H1B aspirants that they have been getting Approvals as compared to RFEs, even the RFEs are not very complicated...
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Has anyone received Regular processing receipts for FY 2015 Cap-Subject Petitions? We all know that USCIS has been issuing H1B receipts for H1B cases filed under the Premium processing program. If you have received or NOT received receipts or the checks have been cut by the USCIS, please update in the comments section below. Update: Thank you for providing valuable information, please continue updating.     ...
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  • Dan
    Dan says #
    Premium Processing RFEs are sent via FAX same day based on USCIS case staus, unless your Employer/Attorney has not indicated a Fax
  • Dan
    Dan says #
    You need to get a work permit to work, you may enroll in school and get a CPT or OPT after some time.
  • Dan
    Dan says #
    Ask them for a copy of the actual H1B receipt notice, did you try?
  • Dan
    Dan says #
    I heard employers getting H1B receipts even today, please wait until the H1B package has been returned, that's the final confirmat
  • karthick
    karthick says #
    When will we start getting return package
  • Dan
    Dan says #
    Beginning next week.
  • Radha Reddy
    Radha Reddy says #
    it makes sense to be on a platform where we can converse / share different opinions and get our issues resolved at ease, colliding
  • Dan
    Dan says #
    It should be there soon or it may have lost in the email. If you do not have a receipt, ask Employer to view back of the check tha
  • Dan
    Dan says #
    I am going to be posting a new blog "Next steps for H1B FY 2015" stay tuned!
  • Tracy
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    WoW !!! You are so rocked!!!
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  USCIS offers free case alerts on their website via email and text (sms) messages. If you register and create a portfolio, you can also track LUD (Last updated date) on your case. They will update the date, if any internal process performed on your case. You will receive an email/text when there is an Approval, RFE or denial on your case. How do I set up case status alerts from USCIS website? Go to USCIS Website 1. Click on Sign-up for Case Updates     2. If you are the beneficiary, click on Register as a customer representative     3....
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We understand your frustration when you get the news that your H1B is not picked in the lottery. But there is some hope and that hope may be applying to Canada for a Permanent Residence.    We all know over 100,000 H1B petitions are being returned by the USCIS. There is still some hope to become a Canadian Permanent Resident.  If your H1B is not picked in the lottery this year, applying to Canada under the FSW or QSW Program. The FSW Program is same as obtaining permanent residency in Canada.    What is the difference between FSW and QSW Programs? ...
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We all know about the proposed regulation allowing H4s to work and “somewhat” good news for the H4 visa holders as announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide Employment Authorization for certain H4 visa holders. Although the rule is still in the making and awaiting public comments, if enacted certain H4 Visa holders will be eligible to apply for an EAD (Employment Authorization Document).    “Please note that all H4s will NOT be allowed to work”    In this article, I have attempted to explain the rule, eligibility and the H4-EAD application process (if rule is enacted) in...
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they allow between 60-90 days!
90days.....to respond to an RFE.
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Petition approved yesterday evening........
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