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  1. Provence

    STEM OPT expiring soon, grace period?

    If you do not have work authorization past the date mentioned, you have to leave the US. You'd certainly remember one of the conditions of your F1 visa is a return to your home country once the studies and practicals are complete.
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    Travel to India without family

    India appears to be safe to travel to.
  3. What is the employer's Attorney's opinion on this? They'd be the ones filing any extn/amendment.
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    FICA tax liability while transitioning from F1 to H1B

    While finance professionals on this forum respond to the tax queries.. the Indian and Chinese nationals mentioned above are in business because they have a market. Remember the adage.. you get what you pay for. If an Indian H1b/F1 ends up going to these so-called temp office tax preparers who charge a fraction of what H&R block does, they shouldn't expect much professionalism to begin with. Folks in this strata want every service done on the cheap. Back to the topic!
  5. No job equals no route into the US. Perhaps a job in India where reports are the economy is strong and jobs available. Hyderabad appears to have a booming tech industry that could accommodate your skill set.
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    H1B still no answer and not even RFE

    Taking admission in school is only an option if you spend the many months it takes to get admitted to a reputable university, AND if you intend to study until a degree obtained. School is NOT an option just as a way to remain in the US. Do you know why there are such long USCIS processing times? In many ways due to the frivolous change of status attempts like the one you talk about. If the H1 is denied and the i94 expired, the US govt wants you to leave the country.
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    CPT Policy

    To be fair to Noah, the OP was somewhat vague, stating only U of M, Ann Arbor. Everyone thereafter assumes it is university of michigan, ann arbor. The vagueness, along with OP's interest in a CPT, was ripe for anyone to construe the school was something along the lines of a visa mill. And of course like a majority of threads on this forum, the original poster disappears after one post. Noah's other posts have been spot on.
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    H1B question

    Noah is usually to the point, but USCIS helplines are staffed by hourly wage contract employees who are known to provide occasionally unhelpful answers based on their mood that day. USCIS helpline is not derisively referred to as misinformation line for nothing.
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    CPT Policy

    A school as reputable as this should have a responsive DSO familiar with physical presence requirements. Suggest checking with that office.
  10. Agreed. But at it's core, H visas are non-immigrant that are liable to be revoked/cancelled at any time and the holder be subject to an exit from the US. Therefore, as I stated, non-immigrants are expected to maintain a primary residence outside the US.
  11. You're liable to be questioned on your failure to file ar11 when you were required to, not once but twice. A penalty is not something that's always enforced, but it is your responsibility as an immigrant to follow US laws! Have you updated USCIS on your current residence? If you haven't, you need to do so ASAP. Are you planning to file for naturalization under the 3-yr or 5-yr rule?
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    H1B Counselor Processing

    All applications go into admin processing of varying lengths. There could be a million reasons for any 221g. You have to do what you have to do, some things are beyond your control.
  13. What happened with the planned May 2019 trip?
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    You, as an employee do not respond to RFEs; the employer's attorney does. Check requirements with them.
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    H1 B amendment from analyst to manager

    The company Attorney should be familiar with SOC codes. Dealing with USCIS is their domain, employees stay out of the legal process.
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    H1b Visa stamping Process

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    Ds160 B2 denial 2nd time

    The US, or any country for that matter, has the absolute right to deny a visa to anyone it deems ineligible. You're welcome to Holiday in any other country if you don't like US laws.
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    EAD process

    no H4 visa comes with certain conditions, one of which is the individual cannot work without an approved spousal I-140
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    H1B, need info please

    A loophole in the system that allows an otherwise denied/ineligible H1b or F1 applicant to enter on a dependent visa and COS.
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    I485 RFE even when my PD wasn't current

    If the Indian nationals you quote don't like the wait, no one is forcing them to be in the US. They're free to focus on their career and family while in India. They have India work authorization and India passports. India has a growing economy from what I hear. No one, absolutely no one is forced to be in the US. They stay by choice. They don't like the wait, they can leave.
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    H1B RFE

    Suggest getting in touch with your employer who works with their attorney to respond to the RFE. Attorneys are paid to deal with legal issues. The H1b is your employer's petition, their responsibility to ascertain whether your education meets their job requirements. And stick to one thread, no duplicates.
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    Ds160 B2 denial 2nd time

    If you're not going to try again, nothing to worry from your end. Both refusals stay permanently on your record. Sounds like the US govt thinks you have financial links to a suspect group. Are you originally from a South Asian background now living in a VWP-eligible country?
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    H1B RFE

    You don't respond to an RFE. An attorney, in coordination with your employer, deals with USCIS. And colleges are for studying, not working on day 1. Admissions take several months, not something done in a jiffy.
  24. Going from 5 months to 8 weeks is an old tactic COs see in India. As soon as a visa is issued, the trip becomes 5.5 months; so COs don't fall for it. She can apply tomorrow if she wants. I wouldn't hold my breath for an approval.