Maintaining H-1B Status

If you are working in the U.S. on an H-1B visa, you must be maintaining H-1B status as described in the I-129 petition. Any changes in the terms and conditions of your employment may require the filing of a new H-1B petition.

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Maintaining H-1B Status

Changes in the terms and conditions of the H-1B employment include a change in job title, duties, reduction in salary, change of number of hours, new employment location outside of the MSA, new employer, etc.

Generally, you are required to prove you were maintaining H-1B status when you extend your H-1B visa or change jobs from one employer to another. The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing H1B visas and assisting individuals with maintaining H-1B status.

If you need assistance with an an H-1B visa, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.

Length of Stay

The H-1B visa category allows an individual to work in the U.S. for a maximum period of six years. The H-1B visa is valid for three years at a time. You may be eligible to extend your H-1B status beyond the normal six year period if you have initiated the employment-based immigration process.

Change of Address Required

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) requires that all H-1B and H-4 status holders update their address within 10 days of moving. This is done on Form AR-11.

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Maintaining H-1B Status Representation

The experienced immigration attorney at Columbus, Ohio-based Porter Law Office, LLC has in depth experience with securing H-1B visa approvals. A specialty occupation is one that requires highly specialized knowledge and skills and a bachelor’s degree or foreign equivalent in a specific field of study. Typical specialty occupations in the H1B visa category include computer systems analysts and programmers, physicians, dentists, professors, engineers and accountants.

If you need assistance with maintaining H-1B status or another immigration issue that is beyond the scope of this guide, contact the business immigration lawyer at Porter Law Office, LLC in Columbus, Ohio today.