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U.S. to provide work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders from May 26

Marching ahead with President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform the Homeland Security Department announced on Tuesday that as of May 26, it will begin granting work permits to the spouses of H-1B visa holders – skilled foreign workers who are seeking permanent resident status in the U.S. Under existing laws, spouses of H-1B visa …

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Is H-4 amendment required in an H1B transfer?

No. An H-4 does not have to be amended, when the principal transfers his H-1B with a new employer. However, an H-4 extension would be required, if the H-4 I-94 is about to expire. An H-4 visa is not employer-specific. Accordingly, when the H-1B visa holder changes employers, no action is required to amend the …

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Can an H4 change status to H1B if maximum time allowed on H4 is about to expire?

H-1B and H-4 maximum time period allowed H-1B may be admitted for maximum of 6 years. H-1B extensions are possible beyond 6 years under AC21 (American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act), if H-1B’s Labor Certification (“LC”) or Greencard Petition (“I-140”) has been filed and is pending or approved. The 6-year limit and AC21 …

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