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H1B USCIS Site Visit Experience

H1B USCIS Site Visit Experience

Recently I had a surprise visit by an Officer from the USCIS on 08-APR, for a random Audit while I am working at the Client Location. MY CURRENT STATUS: Recently changed my Employer and filed for H1 extension and got it for 1 year (total 2+ years of validity remaining on H1), Filed for my spouse's H4 extension and waiting on it! QUESTIONS ASKED BY OFFICER The overall conversation was smooth. Here is a sequence of our interaction and the questions asked (may not be in the same

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What taxes and expenses H1B Employers incur for running payroll?

What taxes and expenses H1B Employers incur for running payroll?

Employers pay a variety of Taxes and incur other expenses when they run your payroll. These taxes are same for everyone in the United States, including US Citizens, Green Card holders. OPT Employees have some exceptions! Employer pays 6.2% towards Social Security Taxes (May change each year) Employer pays  1.45% toward Medicare Taxes I see the above taxes being deducted on my paycheck, please explain?   Apart from Employer paying these taxes, you also pay the above pe
USCIS Begins Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

USCIS Begins Premium Processing for Remaining H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions on June 10

On June 10, USCIS will begin premium processing for all remaining FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions. Starting on that date, petitioners may file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, with the USCIS service center that is processing their petition. On March 19, we announced that we would offer premium processing in a two-phased approach during the FY 2020 cap season to best manage premium processing requests without fully suspending it. In the past few years, we suspended all
USCIS will reject I-129 petitions lacking petitioner’s or applicant’s primary U.S. office address

USCIS will reject I-129 petitions lacking petitioner’s or applicant’s primary U.S. office address

USCIS will reject petitions lacking petitioner’s or applicant’s primary U.S. office address On August 5, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary U.S. office address in Part 1 of Form I-129. USCIS currently rejects Form I-129 for several reasons. These include, but are not limited to, lack of signature, incorrect fees, or unauthorized third party signing on behalf of the pet
Unique H-1B Issues that Face IT Consulting Firms this RFE Season

Unique H-1B Issues that Face IT Consulting Firms this RFE Season

Recently a lawsuit was filed against USCIS by ITServe Alliance.  This is a organization of US IT service companies that had previously petitioned USCIS against new changes to H-1B adjudication rules.  The new rules state that for IT consulting companies that contract H-1B employees to work off-site to meet H-1B requirements, they had to prove the H-1B employee would have “Guaranteed specific and non-speculative work assignments” scheduled for the entire duration of their three-year H-1B vi
After the H1B Receipt in Lottery -  Next Steps - Approval or RFE or NOID with FAQs

After the H1B Receipt in Lottery - Next Steps - Approval or RFE or NOID with FAQs

On behalf of Immisupport.com, we would like to congratulate all of you, who got the H1B picked in the lottery and received H1B receipt notices. We feel sorry for Aspirants who's petitions are not picked in the lottery, please don’t be depressed, it’s not the END of the world. H1B petitions that were filed under the Premium Processing Program USCIS has begun adjudicating the premium processing petitions on May 20, we heard that some Employers already received approval notices for
What to Expect and When to Expect it this H-1B Adjudication Season

What to Expect and When to Expect it this H-1B Adjudication Season

USCIS has completed selecting the 85,000 H-1B petitions to be adjudicated for approval for cap-subject petitions for FY 2020.  Those selected that filed for premium processing may begin receiving notice this week as to their approval status with the anticipated date of completion set on June 4th.  Case adjudication for those who did not file under premium processing will begin early to mid-June and often takes months.  Last year, adjudication for FY 2019 – which began October 1st, 2018 – e
H1B Visa Transfer Process with FAQs

H1B Visa Transfer Process with FAQs

H1B Visa Transfer, Cost of H1B Transfer, H1B Transfer Documents Checklist, H1B Transfer Process, H1B RFEs, H1B Employer-Employee relationship, H1B Amendments, Risks with H1B Transfers, H1B Client Letters What is an H1B Visa Transfer? H1B Transfer is moving your existing H1B visa from one H1B Employer to another H1 Employer. In fact, H1 visa transfer is a term used for our convenience. The new H1B Employer will file a new H1B as an H1B extension of stay for H1B visa holders in the United States

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How to Track H1B Lottery Petition?

How to Track H1B Lottery Petition?

This article provides you with some tips to help ensure that your H1B visa petition has been sent to USCIS for processing and if it is not picked in the lottery, the process to to obtain proper confirmation(s) from the Employer. But, the big question. Did the Employer actually file/send the H1B petition for processing? What if you heard, “Your application has not been picked up and money has been spent towards expenses” • How to confirm that your H1B application is actually sent b

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H1B Extension beyond 6 years Explained in Detail with FAQs

H1B Extension beyond 6 years Explained in Detail with FAQs

This article details the process involved in extending your H1B visa beyond the standard sixth year (7th-year extension) with Frequently Asked Questions. To extend your H1B beyond 6 years, you must have a pending Employment Based Green Card process. I suggest that your Green Card process is initiated at least in the 4th year of H1B as the GC process is complicated and  lengthy. The first step of PERM usually takes anywhere between 8-12 Months from the day an employer initiates the process i

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Non-profit Cap Exempt H1Bs who filed cap subject H1Bs

Non-profit Cap Exempt H1Bs who filed cap subject H1Bs

If you are presently working under a Cap-Exempt H1B (Not-for-profit, Government) and an Employer filed a Cap-Subject H1B with a start date of October 01, you may begin working with the new Employer as soon as you receive an H1B receipt, if the CAP-SUBJECT H1B was filed as an H1B Extension. What is a Non-Profit Cap-Exempt H1B? An H1B filed by the Employer who is not subject to the annual H-1B quota. These Employers can file H1Bs all around the year, and there is no limit. The following

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How to use Cap Exempt H1B with FAQs

How to use Cap Exempt H1B with FAQs

If you have traveled to the USA and If you were previously counted under H1B Annual Cap and you have and not utilized the entire 6 years of H1B stay, you can file a cap-exempt H1B petition at any time to recapture the remaining time on H1B.  What is cap-exempt H1B? If you were “GRANTED” an H1B in the last 6 years, you may file a new H1B under cap-exemption. In other words, you are not subject to the annual cap, a new or the same Employer can file an H1B like an H1B Transfer. What

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