Hi I recently joined new company and after a month laid off from my current employer B on 7th jan 2013.
I am on h1b visa valid till nov 2015(h1b started on oct 2010 with company A) and wife on h4(company A).
I am looking for h1 transfer from consultancies.
1) I need to know how much time do I have to stay in usa legally?
2) Also if they apply for my lca and apply for h1b transfer(regular speed) without client letter, does it work or not? And provide them client letter in 1 month or so as I will get contract job?
3) Is "Change of status" option helpful in my case. How much do you charge for the same and how soon shall I file for that?
4) Can I apply for PR of canada as I have relatives over there?
Please let me know as I am in a tensed situation right now.
1) In reality and under the law, no time at all. You are supposed to depart the US after a "reasonable" time for liquidating and selling your things here (14 days would be the norm, but actual circumstances may vary.)
2) NO. That will never work.
3) YES. COS is the only viable option in your situation if you want to remain in the U.S. until securing a new H-1B employer. Attorneys fees vary according to attorney's experience and the complexity of the particular case in question. Call a few attorneys in your area to find out. ASAP! You have no time to waste..
5) That's up to the Canadian authorities to decide and this question should be posed to a Canadian Immigration lawyer. We here are all US immigration lawyers and know nothing about CDN law.
I agree with my colleague. Also, you need to file for Change of Status IMMEDIATELY. Any delay at all would result in a denial of the COS application as being untimely. Also, keep in mind that acquiring Permanent Residence in Canada could be a long and drawn out process. I know people who took three years before being granted a visa to immigrate to Canada. Plus, the countries are very different. You may want to find out if you even like Canada before you begin talking about immigrating there. At this point, you owe it to yourself to contact an immigration lawyer in the New York area, whether myself or one of my colleagues. If you appreciate the time spent preparing this answer, kindly consider marking it BEST ANSWER or HELPFUL. Also, please be sure to read my disclaimer below. Good luck to you.
Dean P. Murray
The Murray Law Firm
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Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
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