After the Final Rule instituted in January of 2017, H-1B holders have been given a grace period that extends 60 days after the termination of your employment, provided that it does not exceed your I-94 arrival/departure card. This will give you time to either find new employment, change your status to a different visa, or prepare to leave the country. If you are still in the U.S. after the end of this grace period, you may be considered “out of status”, which could have serious consequences including a bar from future visits to the country. We predict that this grace period will still be extended to H-1B holders in 2019. For H1B Visa Process Visit UT Evaluators
Due to recent laws that have been put into place, the following fees were changed from previous fiscal years:
A. The basic filing fee for the I-129 form has increased from $325 to $460
B. The additional fee for Public Law 114-113 has increased from $2,000 to $4,000 (if applicable)
Be sure to keep these changes in mind as you file. The ACWIA and Fraud Detection and Prevention fees still apply. To gain a better understanding of the cost for filing for an H-1B, consult a qualified immigration lawyer.
H-1B to Green Card Predictions
The process of going from an H-1B visa to a green card should remain the same for the 2019 season. If you are not aware of how to make this adjustment, here are the basic steps:
A. Decide which green card works best for your situation. H1B Visa Process Check here
B. Have your employer (current or new) obtain a PERM Labor Certification for you (unless you are applying for the EB-1 or EB-2 NIW)
C. Have that sponsoring employer file an I-140 petition on your behalf.
D. Wait until your petition has been approved and your priority date is current.
E. File an I-485 to adjust your status to legal permanent resident.
Even though there are no changes to this process for 2019, it would be wise to keep an eye on the USCIS news site or this blog to see if there is any information that would impact your green card case.