If I have sponsored a green card application already, can I sponsor H1 visa as well?
I agree with my colleague - the position you are offering need to meet the core requirements of an H-1B in the sense of being a "specialty occupation" according to the tests defined.
In addition, you need to be able to meet the attestation requirements of the Department of Labor's Labor Condition Application (one of which is to pay "required wage" - the higher of the prevailing wage in your geography for that job at that level according to a government wage survey, or what you pay others in that job at that location).
Further, you need to establish that the job offer is "bona fide" (the company is real, operating and in a position to be able to pay the wage being offered.
There may be other requirements specific to the nature of your business - number of H-1Bs hired, type of work done, etc. The fact that you have sponsored a green card application, however, doesn't in itself disqualify you from filing for an H-1B for one or more employees.
Consult an attorney directly for further guidance.See question
My H1b petition with current employer (B) is approved in October 2016 till June 2017. However, my previous employer (A) filed one amendment in April 2016 which is still pending. Now I have to go for VISA stamping, I will be going with approved pet...
I agree that you should speak to an immigration attorney directly for further guidance.
One question I have is whether employer A might have withdrawn their amendment petition once you stopped working for them (and if not, why wouldn't they?)
Ultimately, shouldn't present a problem - the petition in effect is the one on which you reenter, and any issue at the consulate while applying for the stamp can likely be addressed with recent evidence that company B is still offering the job and that you have resigned form company A.
Seek counsel from a qualified attorney.See question
I am an international student, I get married with a U.S citizen for 1 year. I am doing some paper works to change my status to get the greencard. but my husband does illegal thing in his life, he was a drug dealer and gangster. The FBI is investi...
You do want to consult an immigration lawyer about this.
You aren't responsible for your husband's criminal activity - but there are certain ways that it can impact the application. Normally, the criminal act itself on the part of a US citizen sponsor won't directly hinder the application unless it involved domestic violence or otherwise falls under the Adam Walsh Act, preventing that person from petitioning for someone else.
However, even though his incarceration (if he does end up in jail) doesn't prevent the marriage from being valid in itself, it becomes harder to prove and certain steps should be taken. Further, it impacts his ability to provide financial support as required - again, there are ways to deal with this, but it does make the case more difficult.
Even had this not happened, I would have suggested you consult a lawyer about your green card case. Now, it's even more essential.See question
It is coming up for me to submit an I-751. I originally filed for my greencard in Arizona. Since, we have re located to Michigan. The lawyer in Arizona told me if I file for the green card in Arizona I have to wave the conditions of the greencard ...
Not only not true, but you would need to list your current address in filing the I-751. The only place you could file "from" would be your current location in Michigan.
You would then be issued a biometrics appointment notice for a location nearest your current address.
Most I-751s, especially when the couple is still together, don't result in an interview at all but rather are processed entirely at a regional USCIS processing facility covering that location.
Consult a [different] lawyer before filing.See question
My H1 terminated suddenly last week and I got married yesterday with my fiance who has valid H1 visa. Is it legal that I file H4 now? Thanks!
You would need to consult an attorney on this - quickly.
Technically, your H-1B status ended when your H-1B employment ended. You would need to be in valid status to file to change your status while here.
Often, USCIS will accept recent pay statements as evidence of maintenance of status.
This said, and as my colleague notes, leaving to obtain an H-4 stamp abroad and then reentering might be the "cleanest" path, even with the risks that relaying on a consular decision abroad entails.
Consult an attorney.See question
A PERMANENT RESIDENT TO U.S.A
I agree with my colleagues - this would be a standard passport photo. USCIS will generally honor the guidelines for these put out by the US State Department here: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/photos/photos.html.
Most local big chain pharmacy stores (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreen's, etc.) can take these in-store.See question
I have found that companies who are ITAR facilities are asking candidates if they are US citizens or posting in on a job description/ad. I had always been informed by HR that asking a candidate that specific way is illegal. The correct way to ask ...
The general rule is that employers can't ask this - but there are exceptions and situations where the law requires US citizenship for individuals working on certain matters (often involving national security and restricted technologies) are exceptions to these rules.
A company should have a detailed policy in place for determining what to ask, crafted with the assistance of qualified immigration and/or employment counsel.See question
Visa status :- Mine: H1B , Spouse: H4 I changed my employer recently and got my I797 approval notice for H1B transfer. My wife's H4 extension was also filed by my new employer but approval is pending. We both are planning to travel to Ind...
Your company's attorney should be advising you on this.
Your spouse can use the receipt from the H-4 filing, even if not yet approved. In fact, though, the important points for her H-4 stamp are that 1) she be married to you, and 2) that you have a valid H-1B.
Unless her H-4 status as indicated on her I-94 was expiring before the planned departure, it probably wasn't essential to file an H-4 for her at all.
As long as the two factors mentioned above are provable - new-employer H-1B approval notice for you (the I-797 for you that you mention in your second question) with evidence you are still being offered that job at time of the interview, plus your marriage certificate - she can apply directly to the consulate for the H-4 stamp even without a USCIS approval.See question
I am in a exchange program and I got a J-1 visa. Please I would like to know what does it means " BEARER IS NOT SUBJECT TO SECTION 212(E). TWO YEAR RULE DOES APPLY" in my J-1 visa.
Some J-1s come with a requirement that the person obtaining the J-1 and using it to enter the US go to their country of last residence for two years before they would be eligible for certain other US immigration benefits (such as an H-1B visa, or getting a green card). Section212(E) of the Immigration and Nationality Act contains this requirement, and this notation means that your J-1 is NOT one of the ones that come with the requirement - assuming you meant to write "Two year rule does NOT apply."
The J-1 is an "Exchange Visitor" visa - the idea being that it's to be used for purposes of cultural/educational exchange with other countries (that someone should come here to acquire skills/knowledge, then bring those skills/that knowledge base back home to share with the original country).
There are three ways to be subject to the requirement: coming here for clinical medical training, coming here for a program that is paid for with funds from the US or your home country government, or coming here to acquire skills listed on the "Skills List" for the country of last residence - a State Department list, country by country, of what skills are considered to be underrepresented in that country.
There are certain ways that a person can obtain a waiver of the J-1 two-year requirement if they are subject to it, and this is case-specific. Such individuals should consult an attorney.See question
The said Embassy denied my 4-year old son's J-2 visa for three times and put it under administrative processing (from last 3 months) on fourth attempt due to intervention of Ambassador. I divorced my son's biological mother 4 years back. I have th...
I'm sorry to hear of what you've had to go through here.
Unfortunately, I don't have much to offer in the way of real help - just the knowledge that you're far from alone. Advanced security checks or other forms of additional review under the blanket term "administrative processing" are incredibly common especially at certain posts, and waits of many months can be typical.
There is really nothing that can be done to speed them up; these cases get stuck in limbo until they eventually get around to reviewing and giving a decision. To be fair, there likely really are cases requiring advanced security checks taking a very long time by intelligence officials, and which are out of the control of consular officials - but I suspect this is a small fraction of cases.
Once a decision is made, and if the decision is negative, there are a few limited ways to address a negative decision - requesting re-determination, addressing a USCIS notice of intent to revoke if a case is returned and one issued (not really applicable here), and for an attorney addressing with the State Department in DC if the decision is wrong on the law itself.
On the whole though, consular officers have enormous discretion and very little oversight - almost no way to address a finding of fact you think is wrong.See question