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Do I need an H1B amendment or only a new LCA certification by DoL?

Plano, TX |

I was working at my employer's office earlier. Now I am working at the office of my employer's client, on that client's project. I am getting conflicting advice on what needs to be filed with USCIS/DoL:

1. Some friends have said that in a similar situation, only a fresh LCA was posted and certified by DoL for them
2. Others are saying their attorney filed an H1B amendment with USCIS for such a change

Please advice what will determine which of the above 2 applies to my case

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Attorney answers 3


This really depends. There are provisions in regulations for temporary and short term off site placements by your employer. However, if the off site placement does not meet regulatory requirements a new LCA is required.

If there is a material change in your job then an amendment needs to be done. If the employer actually changes then a new H-1b must be filed.

However, this is all very general. You need to put on an appointment with your immigration lawyer to see what your situation requires. Good luck.

Daniel Lee O'Neil

Daniel Lee O'Neil


Excellent response


Amendment is to be filed for all material changes. If the position is the same, and there is a change in job location, new LCA suffices. However, if the client changes and accordingly some terms and conditions change, amendment should be filed.

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David provided a fantastic response - it really does depend - and you would be best served by running the specifics by your trusted immigration lawyer or other adviser to receive advice based on the specifics. Best of luck

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