My friend was here on a F1 visa, finished his undergrad and was working for a Hotel in Virginia, where his H1B was being sponsored. He spent more than $15000 in last 3 years to the lawyer in this process. He was supposed to be filing form I-485 in couple of months. Recently, he got fired from Hotel, due to some silly things.
The situation is just getting worst now. With the expired OPT (Optional Practical Training) and H1B cancelled. He is trying to go back to school for coming Fall Semester. Application deadline at most of the colleges have passed.
He has limited time to be in status. And the Hotel is holding his paycheck and also threatening to take legal actions against him. He is almost out of everything he has. This whole thing is just getting complicated.
What is that best solution?
There is no "best solution" in this type of situation. He should try to reinstate himself at school by using the FSA's assistance and connection with the local USCIS office.
Should that fail, then has to pack and go home, unless has a USC fiancee and she is ready to marry him. The other alternative is to remain out of status in the U.S., where he will be accumulating additional "unlawful" presence.
There is obviously a long and tangled history to this whole situation and it cannot be properly addressed in this forum. For example, there is no I-485 in conjunction with an H-1B so something is clearly amiss in that regard and we don't have sufficient facts to make any type of recommendation. It is unclear to whether your friend was ever in lawful H-1B status and if the green card process was commenced.
Your friend's lawyer knows the facts of his case and should be able to offer recommendations on how to proceed. However, it sounds as though your friend is displeased with his current lawyer. I suggest he consult with another experienced immigration attorney who can review the facts of the case and advise him of the options available and recommend an appropriate course of action.
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