What Happens to My Pending H-1B Extension After My Green Card is Approved?

The answer should be fairly straightforward. But USCIS has not always been consistent in adjudicating similar cases. They are supposed to follow the "last action" rule. Once GC is approved, then the beneficiary becomes a lawful permanent resident from that point onwards. The pending H-1B extension may be approved but only up to the day before GC approval. But the varying adjudication outcomes...

Fast H-1B Approval Without Premium

Current H-1B processing time frame is about 5 months to over a a year. It is therefore common for beneficiaries to request or ask about premium processing. Premium processing costs $2,500 and guarantees adjudication within 15 business days. Please note that adjudication means approval, RFE, or denial. Given the high rate of RFEs, the likelihood of receiving an RFE after requesting for premium...

Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” order has been Rescinded by Biden

President Biden signed executive order on January 29, 2021 which revokes the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order signed during the Trump era. The BAHA order signed in 2017 led to initiatives that dramatically increased scrutiny of H1B and L1. Overall challenges in the forms of requests for evidence increased at one point to over 60%. Attached is the flyer from USCIS touting its...

Additional Time Added for Responding to USCIS notices

Update Post 03/24/2021 In an effort to extend accommodations in light of Covid, USCIS continues to allow additional time for responding to certain requests and notices. 60 days are added to the due date for the following if the insurance date is between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, inclusive: Requests for Evidence;Continuations to Request Evidence (N-14);Notices of Intent to Deny;Notices of...