Moving from one country to another is never an easy feat. Apart from the primary worries of uprooting your life and moving to a new continent, there is always a worry about visa approvals, last-minute packing, saying goodbye to your family members, and making a smooth move with nothing important left behind.
Given what individuals go through when they move countries, at Zolve, we have introduced exclusive AMA sessions with Rajiv Khanna, one of the most prominent immigration lawyers in the US, who addresses concerns regarding moving, immigration, visa, settling in a new space, and much more. He is a renowned expert and managing attorney at immigration.com and a Virginia and DC Bar member. He has been practicing law since 1993 and has helped individuals and small and medium business enterprises. He has also helped Future 100 companies and is a contributing writer at ET. We are very thankful to Mr.Khanna, who generously accepted our invitation for this limited series of AMA sessions to answer people's queries about moving to the US.
Our first AMA session was attended by more than 250 individuals from various companies like Accenture, Wipro, HCL, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Infosys, and Amazon.
Here's a quick run-down of what was discussed in the webinar.
What are some crucial things to remember before applying for an H1B and L1 visa?
Rajiv mentioned that while this was not a topic he could cover in just a few minutes, he did happen to share some of the best practices that will help the attendees. While a degree in economics will help you grant the H1B visa status, a BA degree will not qualify for the same. At least 40% of people in the US are from India and have an H1B or L1 visa. Therefore, before applying for an H1B, or L1 visa, it is crucial that you know if you are eligible or not.
If a person has worked for an IT company for three years or more, they will be qualified for an H1B or L1 visa because of their experience. To be eligible for an H1B or L1 visa, a person has to have a job offer from an American company and then would see if they get selected via lottery. Once it is conducted, you have a 50-50 chance.
What happens when your H1B visa is denied?
Once your H1B visa application is denied, there are two obvious choices: An MTR appeal and a lawsuit. Very few H1B applications are denied, but you go with the choice that works best for you as soon as it is denied.
An MTR appeal is a challenge made either through filing a motion to reopen or reconsider (motion, or MTR) with the USCIS or an appeal to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).
- Is a client letter necessary for an H1B Visa?
No, not necessarily. In case a letter is asked, it should be on company letterhead with the signature of issuing and the concerned person of the client company. The client should provide this letter if the H1B job is to work for a client project.
Is the L1 visa a grey area if I don’t have a single direct reporting manager?
Yes, to begin with, it is a grey area where you have to prove that there is a separate function in the organization, which is essential. You have plenty of functional advantages as long as you can prove this.
Are H4 visa applications accepted at dropbox?
The best response for this query can come from the support team at the dropbox location. They will be able to guide you through what you need. Alternatively, you can drop an email to the consulate detailing your query.
How to get an update from the consulate if they are not responding to emails regarding visa stamping?
For many reasons, it is pretty difficult to win a lawsuit again 221G. You can apply for the right to determine and examine each visa to understand what went wrong.
Overall, the AMA session with Rajiv Khanna this Wednesday was super insightful and gave the participants different perspectives about the H1B visa and its application structure.
We at Zolve understand that applying and getting approval for your H1B and L1 visa application can sometimes be quite an extensive process, where many questions remain unanswered, thereby giving rise to confusion. Keeping this in mind, we have arranged for recurring AMA sessions every Wednesday at 8 PM.
Following the success of the 1st session, the webinar on 7th September got 360 participants. Since many questions were unanswered, Rajiv Khanna extended the webinar for 30 more minutes to not disappoint the audience.
To register for more exciting and informative AMA sessions with our expert Rajiv Khanna, register now at the link below: