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About Centepede

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  1. Legally, Yes. Historically, employers & candidates were fine to join on FedEx receipt. Fast-forward 2020 : with unpredictable nature of Visa Petitions' decision it is the least favorite choice now. it's your decision as long as employer agrees : And, you both assume risks associated .
  2. Same Situation : Vermont Center , My petition was filed on 05/14. Waiting further ...
  3. I have exact same line written in my offer letter. And, these are Fortune 100 companies. In my conversation, i was asked by my Lawyer friend (1) To your knowledge, has petitioner made any financial arrangements /commitments that you personally witnessed or signed on in good faith ? (2) To your knowledge, has petitioner informed you in written communication about any financial arrangements/ commitments that are contingent on your offer acceptance? (3) To your knowledge, has petitioner asked your authorized consent to such arrangements/commitments? I answered "No" to all and i was told Not to worry about anything.
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    H1b transfer COVID timelines

    All Legal experts will point you here : https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/ based on which field office you applied at and adhere to timelines as stated here. But, we all know once offices open on June 4th (hopefully) these timelines will drastically change - Not sure in which direction though.
  5. I have done this twice in last 5 years, In my experience : Company A : Charged me fraction of Legal fees and I thought it would be lot but was surprised to know it was just $94, No idea what was it. And since it was that less didn't bother to go any legal route. Company B : Didn't charge a dime.
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    H1B transfer receipt number

    Ideally, I would have mentioned give it a week or max two weeks but No set timelines given current situation. In my current observation with 4 people i know personally, receipt # has taken 2 weeks the least and 4 weeks the max. Wishing you the best for your transfer.
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    During such situation, employers inform you about (1) Separation Date (2) Termination Date. Most likely , they are different. Legally, both the dates are informed to USCIS. Your 60 day period starts on the "Termination Date". Separation Date is the date when, Employer Informed Employee of relieving of all duties as mentioned on the offer under "At Will" employment clause. Termination Date is the date negotiable , i.e. Either (1) Same day as Separation date (2) Last Severance paycheck date or (3) Any date agreed upon between employer and employee before Last severance Paycheck date AND after Separation date. I have been laid off in the past and dealt with such situation with immigration attorneys. And, requested my then employer to make my last severance paycheck date as my termination date which is informed to USCIS as my last day starting which I get 60 days.
  8. Would not bother any of the process. Severance pay should be specified in certain manner on your paystub which is outside of your hourly wage.
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    H1B Denial - Corporate Recklessness

    I am sincerely sad to read this through. I can understand the emotions behind it. The sense of being crushed overnight is real. I am sorry for you. 3) Since you have I140 approved you have 60 days grace period to find a new employer. 4) No. You have no say in this process. 5) I94 expiration is going to conflict with your 60 days grace period. I94 date holds precedence over Grace period. 6) Yes, having an I40 approved is your leverage and employers who are willing to invest in you will see that as a +ve giving you an upperhand. 7) I140 once approved and priority date is issues, consider that as your personal property. Until you lapse that period after it becomes current you own it. Make sure you find an employer before it becomes current and the one willing to take it over. Once again, m sorry and if you are around Boston area and need help with anything PM me to contact me.
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    H1B Transfer deinial

    The details of Company B vs Company A Role, SOC codes etc details matter just in general context. During Company A H1 renewal the rejection you had for Company B's petition will not hold any bar. What Company A has filed as your Role, Job description, SOC codes, Title change(if any), your skills will be prime factors.
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    3 Job Offers

    Roger that @poojB Sometimes a Dr needs his own medicine ::)
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    3 Job Offers

    Thanks for clarifying 🙂
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    3 Job Offers

    @Satya2k1 People are not skeptic about the H1B process but in context of the question I posted. The limitation faced to switch jobs within 2 weeks vs upto 6 months of timeline that process would now take has hit employers and the job seekers both. And I am on the both sides as well. Employers, who planned this year with headcount and budgets for their strategy they planned have taken a hit on hiring and have become Yes Skeptical about how to proceed when the many of the job candidates pipe lined for Sept- Oct hires are not willing to join before H1 approval and on the receipt. Employees, who are in need of the job not just for Visa status continuance but also for the family they support are now being hit where employers are putting the position on hold, retracting offers or being laid off and need jobs asap. EEO employment refers to "Nationality" however no one will give you in writing as a reason that current premium processing is the reason behind the mess but hey you and me and many others have been part of the game long enough to know the truth. and while "USCIS haven't changed a thing in their H1B approval policy, earlier they use to be very leisure and approved h1Bs without checking credentials, but now they are following their policy strictly and thoroughly going through each and every step/document" is partially agreeable the context and the question here is about "Suspension of Premium Processing" which is unrelated to above quote.
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    3 Job Offers

    For Real, there are 3 Job Offers made to me and I am currently employed with Company A . Since, premium processing is suspended and RFE process abolished risk of "denial" is high. Can I say "Yes" to all 3 offers and have them file my H1B transfer petition? If all 3 get selected I will join my 1st Preference employer but for any reason any of them get Denied I will have backup plan. Question - Is that legal to proceed? This may result into "Damages" but I will deal with that later. Let me know Thanks.