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  • Can I leave the US without AP or H1B while my I-485 is pending?
    Can I leave the US without AP or H1B while my I-485 is pending?

    If you do not have a visa, then you would need the Advance Parole document to re-enter the U.S. You must have the AP granted prior to departing the U.S. If not, then you may not be permitted to ...

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  • U Visa Protects Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Other Crimes
    U Visa Protects Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse and Other Crimes

    Non-citizen victims of crime are often hesitant to seek help from law enforcement, and this uncertainty makes them easy prey for criminals. In 2000, Congress took a large step toward alleviating this ...

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  • Can I Start a Company While in H1B?
    Can I Start a Company While in H1B?

    Based on recent cases, USCIS seems to have taken the position that H1B visa holders cannot work for a company in which they have a majority interest. Generally, USCIS’s reasoning for denying such ...

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  • Options for Non-Citizen Victims of Domestic Violence
    Options for Non-Citizen Victims of Domestic Violence

    Victims of domestic violence often feel trapped and helpless. Finding options for separating themselves from an abuser and building a better life in a safe place is daunting, and may even seem ...

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  • Can you work for the next company right after you get your H1B (i.e. doing a H1B transfer). If so, how long does it take for the transfer?
    Can you work for the next company right after you get your H1B (i.e. doing a H1B transfer). If so, how long does it take for the transfer?

    A valid H1B visa holder can transfer to another job as long as he or she is in lawful status and has not engaged in any unauthorized employment. The process for an H1B transfer is the same as the ...

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  • What Is the Process for a Canadian Citizen to Obtain a U.S. Green Card?
    What Is the Process for a Canadian Citizen to Obtain a U.S. Green Card?

    There are several ways to get a green card but the two most popular ways are through an employer or family sponsor. A typical path for someone like yourself is to change status from an F1 to an H1B if ...

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