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  1. pareshchothe

    Travelling with AP being on H1B

    Thanks Pontevecchio for your response.
  2. pareshchothe

    Travelling with AP being on H1B

    Hi, I have applied for change of status (I-485) on December 9, 2014 after I-140 (EB1a) approval. I have received EAD and AP on March 9, 2015. Currently I hold H1B (academic) status however, I do not have H1B stamp. I am planning to visit my family in India in the month of June 2015 although I am not sure whether I will have my GC by then. According to current processing timeline it will take 6-8 months to get I-485 approval from TSC. My question is - 1. can I use AP to return to US without having H1B stamping ? 2. If I return US using AP, will my H1B status be invalid ? What would be the best option to travel in this situation. Any suggestion is highly appreciated. Thank you
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    Confusion with I-485 processing time

    Thank you Ashuneel for the response. My I-149 is approved on December 16, 2014. So that means I probably should hear from USCIS about my I-485 around March 16. Typically I should receive my EAD/AP before that however, it's been more than 75 days and I have not heard anything from USCIS. I am afraid that whole process is getting delayed. :(
  4. Hi, My I-140 got approved on December 16, 2014 through EB1a. Application date was July 10, 2014. Subsequently I submitted my I-485 application for change of status on December 9, 2014 (few days before 140 approval). Biometrics was done on December 30, 2014. My I-140 approval notice has priority date as July 10, 2014. According to the USCIS website the current processing time/date for I-485 is June 6, 2014. According to my understanding (priority date as July 10, 2014) I am a month away from this date. But when I called USCIS customer service they told me that it is not the priority date but the date of receipt of I-485 considered for the order of processing. I am very confused now. If it is the date of receipt then what is use of priority date. I would feel relieved if someone can clarify this to me. Thank you
  5. pareshchothe

    Status - statement of reason

    Hi Stan.stans, DOS will take atleast 2 weeks to put your information in the system so you will not be able to see the status probably until the end of next week. Also you do not have to submit statement of reason again as you have already submitted it along with other documents after your DS-3035 submission. "Create a statement of reason" on the website is just for the information in case if you have not done it (as per my understanding). So on your part, you have to just wait until you see the status online. Good luck.
  6. pareshchothe

    Travel on J1 VISA after I-140 submission

    Thanks Jairichi for your reply. I was thinking in the same direction however, when I talked to my lawyer she said getting J1 waiver and I-140 application both show my immigration intent so I may have a problem at the border while entering USA as it is always up to the discretion of the border officer. That is where I got confused. I will definitely wait for others' opinion. Thanks
  7. Hi, Last week I submitted my I-140 application to USCIS (TSC) in EB1A category. I am on J1 VISA and VISA is valid until February 2015. I m planning to go to India to visit my family in December 2014 for a month. I have a doubt that - will there be any issue related to GC application during port of entry ? If yes, then what would be the best option with which I can travel to India ? Any comments or suggestions would be highly appreciated. Thank you
  8. pareshchothe

    USCIS timeline for J1 waiver?

    Hi sde68, As per my knowledge you can just see the status of your case on USCIS website. Typically they send I797 notice of approval in mail.
  9. pareshchothe

    USCIS timeline for J1 waiver?

    Hi Pal, This is the timeline for my J1 waiver: December 31, 2013 - filed DS-3035 and sent supporting documents January 22, 2014 - DOS received my application, fees and all other documents and updated it into the system January 29, 2014- DOS received NOS from Indian embassy in D.C. March 10, 2014 - favorable recommendation from DOS March 17, 2014 - USCIS received recommendation from DOS (got receipt in mail on march 20) April 1, 2014 - USCIS approved my J1 waiver April 4, 2014 - received i797 notice of J1 waiver approval in mail Good luck.
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    H1B filing with DOS favorable recommendation -Urgent

    Hi Arun, Thanks. In my case, I got USCIS receipt on march17 and received DOS letter in mail a week after that. I heard universities are very strict in terms of filing H1B without final waiver certificate from USCIS. However, you can confirm that with your university international office. I am afraid that they will ask for final waiver letter. But it's worth trying. You should be getting DOS letter in mail soon assuming that you have already received USCiS receipt. In my case, USCIS received DOS letter on march 14. Good luck.
  11. pareshchothe

    H1B filing with DOS favorable recommendation -Urgent

    Finally I have my J1 waiver in hand. My timeline for J1 waiver is as follows : December 31, 2013 - filed DS-3035 and sent supporting documents January 22, 2014 - DOS received my application, fees and all other documents and updated it into the system January 29, 2014- DOS received NOS from Indian embassy in D.C. March 10, 2014 - favorable recommendation from DOS March 17, 2014 - USCIS received recommendation from DOS (got receipt in mail on march 20) April 1, 2014 - USCIS approved my J1 waiver April 4, 2014 - received i797 notice of J1 waiver approval in mail Waiting time ended. Overall whole process was not so unpleasant and frustrating. Good luck to everyone who are in process or waiting to hear from DOS and USCIS.
  12. pareshchothe

    H1B filing with DOS favorable recommendation -Urgent

    Hi newbie, I my case, USCIS received favorable recommendation letter from DOS on march 17 and approved my J1 waiver on April 1. So it took 2 weeks for USCIS to approve my waiver. I hope that should be the timeline for you as well however, it may take more time as per their routine timeline. Additionally I don't know whether they have the same consideration for Conrad30 waiver on timeline. Good luck and let us update.
  13. pareshchothe

    H1B filing with DOS favorable recommendation -Urgent

    I did the same thing as you told me. I showed my company HR the printout of the USCIS J1 waiver status however, he said it is too late as he needs 4-5 days to get the documents ready. In fact I had sent all my documents to him 2 weeks before. No hopes.
  14. pareshchothe

    H1B filing with DOS favorable recommendation -Urgent

    Yes. I told my hiring manager about the same however, attorney did not feel safe to go ahead and submit my H1B application. Today, USCIS updated my status as "J1 Waiver was approved and notice was sent to me in mail on April 1. So hopefully I should get it anytime this week. I feel so frustrated that if the approval had come few days before I could have submitted my application. I have one question. What is the actual deadline for H1B application ? is it still possible to submit the application ?
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    H1B filing with DOS favorable recommendation -Urgent

    Hi Diganta, DOS received my NOS from Indian embassy in Washington D.C. on January 29 and got favorable recommendation on march 10. So I got it after 5 weeks since DOS received my NOS. For you it's taking long time. However, normal wait time is 6-8 weeks so wait for 1 more week then call or email DOS to ask the status. Good luck.
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