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  1. ds160h1b

    H4 COS & EAD Timeline

    Thanks. So a total of 5 months put together to obtain both COS and EAD?
  2. ds160h1b

    H4 COS & EAD Timeline

    I was laid off from my H1 employer and hence applied for my H4 COS application. USCIS received the application on July 31st but at that time I did not submit the H4 EAD application. I filed H4 EAD later on and USCIS subsequently received the application on September 20th of 2018. With regards to approval timeline, when I should expect to receive my H4 COS and EAD? Would the timeline be based on my initial standalone H4 application submitted on July 31st and the recently submitted H4 EAD on September 20th or either one? USCIS processing timelines at California Center: H4 COS (I-539): 2-4.5 months H4 EAD (I-765): 3-5 months In other words, are we looking at 2 to 4.5 months from July 31st for the H4 COS to be approved and an additional 3 to 5 months for H4 EAD from September 20th? I hope not. That would lead to a total timeline of 9.5 Months, worst-case. I'm unsure as to how USCIS will determine timelines for these cases. Any help will be much appreciated.
  3. ds160h1b

    H4 COS and EAD Timeline

    I was laid off from my H1 employer and hence applied for my H4 COS application. USCIS received the application on July 31st but at that time I did not submit the H4 EAD application. I filed H4 EAD later on and USCIS subsequently received the application on September 20th of 2018. With regards to approval timeline, when I should expect to receive my H4 COS and EAD? Would the timeline be based on my initial standalone H4 application submitted on July 31st and the recently submitted H4 EAD on September 20th or either one? USCIS processing timelines at California Center: H4 COS (I-539): 2-4.5 months H4 EAD (I-765): 3-5 months In other words, are we looking at 2 to 4.5 months from July 31st for the H4 COS to be approved and an additional 3 to 5 months for H4 EAD from September 20th? I hope not. That would lead to a total timeline of 9.5 Months, worst-case. I'm unsure as to how USCIS will determine timelines for these cases. Any help will be much appreciated.
  4. @sameraoj480 - How far is this Otay Mesa border from San Ysidro? I plan to travel by foot, cross the border and was hoping to come back with a new i94 card. How can I access Otay Mesa from San Ysidro? Are you sure that they have stopped issuing i94s at San Ysidro border? Thanks.
  5. Thanks for the response. No, the approval doesn't contain the i94 card and was advised to go to either Mexico or Canada to get the i94 card. And was also told that I should not and cannot apply for a new visa in my home country as I've a valid visa until September 2016. Is that true that I cannot go to my home country? Can one not apply for a new visa given that his/her existing visa will expire in another 2 months?
  6. Hello there, I've been employed in the US since 2012 and I've a valid visa (Stamped) from the first company until September 2016. I resigned, changed one more job, got laid off and applied COS H4 and now have a new i797 approval to start work for a company that sponsored my H1B visa. The company is advising me to travel to Canada or Mexico and reenter US to get the new i94 card but I intend to travel to my home country, utilize the dropbox option, get the new visa and come back to US to begin employment. When I asked whether I could utilize the dropbox option to travel and come back, I was told that I should not and cannot apply for a new visa in my home country as I've a valid visa - is this true? Am I risking anything by going to home country and returning to US at this point of time. I ask, because: - I have a stamped visa with my old employer (which is about to expire). - 2 different petitioners have filed for the same class of visa (H1B) since my original stamp in 2013. - I have not begun working for the latest petitioner. I intend to start after returning to US. - I was briefly in a transitionary period during the H4 COS application. Please help as I feel like I'm forced not to travel to home country.
  7. "the consulate asked me to appear for interview. By the time they completed security check which only took 3 days, I had missed my flight back because I lost time between drop box and interview. "@rksingh - How were you able to schedule your interview then?
  8. Hello all, I recently got laid off and hence I applied for COS to H4 a few days after, through my spouse's company. The application has been submitted but still in process. Meanwhile a new employer filed for a new H1B petition. I've a stamped H1B Visa valid until September 2016 but would like to go to home country to apply for a new H1B Visa with the new approval. Is it recommended to travel outside the US, while a H1B application is in process or should I travel only after I receive the approval notice? Thanks.
  9. Hello all, I have two i797 approvals filed by two employers. I have a stamped H1B Visa for the first one valid until September 2016 but no stamp for the latest i797 approval valid until 2018. I recently got laid off and hence I applied for COS to H4 a few days after, through my spouse's company. The application has been submitted but still in process. Meanwhile I received an offer letter from a company and they will file the new H1B petition next week or so. I've a few questions that I'd like to get some clarification. 1.) Can I travel to my home country before the new H1B approval comes in? Or Is it recommended that I travel once I receive the new H1B approval as the H4 application may have been denied or automatically gotten revoked? 2.) If I can travel now, do I have to carry any documents other than my offer letter, LCA copy, passport with visa? Thanks.
  10. Never mind about the Mexican visa requirements. What was I thinking? What about visa requirements for entry into Canada?
  11. Thanks for providing all the answers so far. You've been of great help. Question regarding traveling to Mexico though. Do I have to apply for a Mexican Visa? See below: Other nationalities, Non-US Permanent Residents. Starting May 1st, 2010, all those foreign nationals, regardless of their nationality, visiting Mexico for tourist, business or transit matters won't need a Mexican visa as long as they have with them a valid and not expired USA visa in the passport. In this context, if you have a valid US visa in the passport you do not need to obtain a Mexican visa. If the US visa stamped in your passport already expired but you have an official document or form proving your legal status in USA, you should apply for a Mexican visa at this Consulate (I-797 A Forms, Advance Parole Forms, I-20 OR DS-2019 Forms won’t be good enough for entering to Mexico). No appointment is required to apply for Visa. Applicants should apply in person Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Further questions email: jgutierrezm@sre.gob.mx Diplomatic and Official visas. Contact the Visas Department at the Mexican Consulate. Source: https://consulmex2.sre.gob.mx/sanfrancisco/index.php/visas-traveling-to-mexico Also, what about flying into British Columbia? Do I need to apply for a visa?
  12. Also, is traveling outside the US advised before H1B approval?
  13. Appreciate your reply. Since I've to cross border, is traveling by foot or car into the Mexican border (near San Diego) and reentering immediately considered a valid "re-entry"? Also, can I travel to my home country to get a new visa, since my visa is expiring soon (Sept of 2016)? will a new visa be issued while the present one is valid? Thanks.
  14. Thanks for the response. H1B is being processed under Premium Processing (PP). As per your statement, I need not travel outside the US if the i94 comes with an i94. My i94 is valid until September of 2016. Is there a way I can request USCIS to include the new i94 with the approval notice? Sorry, I'm not aware of such an issue as my past i797 approval notices have always been issued with the i94 cards at the bottom. Also, is the "i94" the only issue why I need to travel outside the US and reenter? Or are there other reasons? I'm trying to avoid travel at this point of time but the company that is filing for new H1B is advising me to travel outside the US and return after the approval. Thanks.
  15. Hello all, I have two i797 approvals filed by two employers. I have a stamped H1B Visa for the first one valid until September 2016 but no stamp for the latest i797 approval valid until 2018. I recently got laid off and hence I applied for COS to H4 a few days after, through my spouse's company. The application has been submitted but still in process. Meanwhile I received an offer letter from a company and they have begun to file my next H1B approval. I've a few questions that I'd like to get some clarification. 1.) Since my H4 is pending and once the H1B approval is received, do I need to leave the US and travel to my home country and re-enter to validate the new H1B i797 approval. 2.) Do I have to visit the US Embassy for an in-person interview? Thanks in advance. Like This Quote
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