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  1. I have a US Masters degree and later got H1B approved until September 2013 and worked in the US for 1 year. I came to India and appeared for a H1B visa interview in Chennai in May, 2011. I was asked to submit more documents (query) which I submitted in June, 2011. After 4 long months, in October 2011, I got a letter from the Chennai Consulate that my H1B has been sent back to USCIS and they cannot issue visa at that time. ******************************* On February 20, 2013, I got an email from USCIS : "On February 19, 2013, we mailed a notice to you reaffirming the approval of this case and returned the case to the Department of State for visa processing. For more information, please contact them directly." So, from what I understand, I have to go for visa stamping with the reaffirmation letter and all other supporting documents. Can someone guide on how to proceed ? Did anyone face the same situation ? Thanks
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    *** PERM question ***

    I am on H1B and my employer wants to start the PERM process. Can anyone answer my below questions - 1. If my PERM is approved and then I immediately transfer my H1 to a new employer, is the priority date valid ? 2. If my PERM is in approved, I-140 is approved and then I immediately transfer my H1 to a new employer, is the priority date valid ? Thanks guys !
  3. My employer filed for an H1b amendment with USCIS' Vermont Service Center for my current consulting project in July 2015 under regular processing. The amendment is still under process. Can anyone tell: 1) What is the processing timeframe for H1 amendments ? It is not posted in the USICS website's H1b timeframes. 2) Can I move to a new project when my amendment is under processing. If I move, what should I do about the processing petition ? Thanks
  4. @jairichi: If an amendment is withdrawn or denied, then there is NO need to exit and enter the US since it does not affect the orinigally issued visa or legal presence (I-94). If the ORIGINAL H1 is withdrawn by the employer, then we should find another employer or exit the country within a given timeframe. Amendment is only to let the USCIS know of the "material" change from the original H1 approval, like, change of work location, change of job duties, etc.,
  5. Started on a new project in June 2015, filed h1b amendment in July 2015. Amendment still under processing. Now got a better project in a different location (same employer, different client). Can anyone advice me what to do with the existing amendment and how do I go about filing a new one if current one is still not adjudicated ?
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    Case status website

    If you upgraded on Sep 25, they should give your response within 10 calendar days of the receipt date. Otherwise, they have to refund your premium fee back. Check with your attorney/employer whoever filed for premium.
  7. Is it extension only or along with amendment ? Generally, it takes 3-4 months under regular processing.
  8. What is the processing timeframe for a H1b amendment ? Is it the same as a regular H1 petition or much faster. It's already been 3 months and I did not get any decision from USCIS.
  9. My employer applied for H1b amendment and received receipt notice on July 17th. Can I find a new consulting project even before a decision is made on the H1b amendment ? If so, can we cancel the already "in processing" amendment and file a new amendment for the new location/client ? If the end date on the approval notice of amendment is different than on my original H1b approval notice, which one is considered valid by USCIS for status purpose ?
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    *** H1 amendment ***

    Yes, it is $325 only (base filing fee). I see that on the receipt notice.
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    *** H1 amendment ***

    I had a recent change in location of my work on H1. What is the H1B amendment fee amount that is required to file a new amendment ? Is it the same amount as the original H1 petition or somewhat lesser amount ?
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    *** H1 amendment ***

    I am not paying for it. I just want to know what is the fees my employer has to pay..there are different answers here, is it the same amount as a new petition or a lesser amount ? Adjudication takes how much time ?
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    H1B Stamping location

    @jinder: Be ready to answer if the consular officer asks the reason you came to Hyderabad.
  14. @ambatikiran: What is your passport validity ?
  15. I have my H1 stamping in HYDERABAD next month. However, my passport is expiring in Oct-2015 so I am going for renewal. My previous address is HYDERABAD but now I am in BANGALORE. I have marked my consulate as "HYDERABAD" in the I-129 application. However, now I do not have any address proof in HYDERABAD. So, I am thinking for applying for passport renewal in BLR. So, where do I have to attend the visa interview now ? HYD or CHENNAI (BLR comes under Chennai consulate).
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    H1B Query

    If there is an option to enter multiple rejections, then you have to enter both rejections. I also got H1 approval.Waiting for the documents from my employer to appear for a visa interview. I heard L1 approvals became more difficult to get in recent years. Are you in EVC or EC model ?
  17. Please see my case in brief below: F1 status in US - 2007-2011 (MS degree) H1 approved while in US - 2011 H1 visa rejected in India - 2011. Applied again for F1 visa (for MBA program): Rejected visa twice in 2 months. H1 approved by USCIS: November 2014. Now, I am planning to go for stamping in December 2014. Will there be any questions regarding why I have applied for F1 again in 2012. Will it create a problem ? Please advice. Thanks
  18. Looks like they will do some background check on employer. Don't worry they will take around 1 month and ask you to submit your passport for issuing visa. One of my friends had a similar issue.
  19. @JoeF: I don't think the visa validity is linked to the passport vaidity. They mention in the applcation instructions that the passport must be valid for 6 months after you planned date of arrival in the US. That means they always give a chance to renew your passport after you enter the US.
  20. @ambatirambabu: H1b petition approval for 3 years does not entitle you for a 3 year visa and you cannot challenge it either. Visa officers have various criteria for issuing visas for limited validity which they cannot disclose to the visa applicants.
  21. If I file a new H1 with form I-907 premium processing ($1225) and my petition is rejected, will I get the full refund amount of $1225 ?
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    H-1b Premium Processing

    @viru12: If you have the Receipt Number, register yourself in the case tracking site in USCIS, first check the status, if any change is there, you will get an email. USCIS commits that for premium processing, it will take no longet than 2 weeks to process, or else they will give you full refund.
  23. One of my friends appeared for a H1b visa interview in a US Consulate in India last week. The visa officer felt that the project description was not detailed enough in the documents and told that the case needs administrative processing. His passport was taken along with other supporting documents. However, NO additional documents were asked to be submitted and he was given a form with case number written to track his case. Anyone faced a similar issue ? What are the chances of approval in these types of cases where no additional documents were asked ? Thanks
  24. He got an email today to collect passport with approved visa !!! Thanks for your replies. It took less than 7 days for him after his visa interview. Lucky fella !