Visa renewal question

Old Sep 27th 2004, 1:44 am
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Ct
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Hi,

I have a couple of questions about h1-b visa renewal.

I am currently on h1-b, (the first 3 years) and my employer has files
for an extension/renewal. How long does this process take nowadays.

Second, say, the new visa does not arrive until the expiration of the
last visa. will i still be in legal status if this happens.

Third, visa extension is different from getting a new visa correct?

Thanks.
 
Old Sep 27th 2004, 1:37 pm
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J. J. Farrell
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[email protected] (CT) wrote in message news:<[email protected] om>...
    >
    > I have a couple of questions about h1-b visa renewal.

You seem to be talking about status extension rather than visa
renewal. A visa is a document stuck in your passport. I'll assume
you really mean status extension.

    > I am currently on h1-b, (the first 3 years) and my employer has files
    > for an extension/renewal. How long does this process take nowadays.

From 10 days (if he applies for expedited processing) up to about
6 months.

    > Second, say, the new visa does not arrive until the expiration of the
    > last visa. will i still be in legal status if this happens.

Yes.

    > Third, visa extension is different from getting a new visa correct?

Yes, though not significantly.
 
Old Oct 5th 2004, 9:54 am
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So I guess I'm in the same boat as Hala?

I am also a foreign student and my visa has expired but my I-20 is
still current. and i am planning to do residency yet i'm not sure if
i will be able to go to my home country this christams as my
interviews range from november to december to january. so is it
really possible to renew my visa in Canada and or Mexico? and how to
we get to Canada or Mexico as a tourist, do we still need another
visa? actually, should i first wait and see to what residency program
i get accepted and which one i plan on doing before i worry about my
visa? my i-20 i believe is valid until 2006 because i graduate may of
2005. or will i have to do the residency on a work visa? or is opt
enough or does each program have their own rules?
thanks ..t




[email protected] (J. J. Farrell) wrote in message news:<[email protected]. com>...
    > [email protected] (CT) wrote in message news:<[email protected] om>...
    > >
    > > I have a couple of questions about h1-b visa renewal.
    >
    > You seem to be talking about status extension rather than visa
    > renewal. A visa is a document stuck in your passport. I'll assume
    > you really mean status extension.
    >
    > > I am currently on h1-b, (the first 3 years) and my employer has files
    > > for an extension/renewal. How long does this process take nowadays.
    >
    > From 10 days (if he applies for expedited processing) up to about
    > 6 months.
    >
    > > Second, say, the new visa does not arrive until the expiration of the
    > > last visa. will i still be in legal status if this happens.
    >
    > Yes.
    >
    > > Third, visa extension is different from getting a new visa correct?
    >
    > Yes, though not significantly.
 
Old Oct 5th 2004, 9:55 am
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Tamara62
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So I guess I'm in the same boat as Hala?

I am also a foreign student and my visa has expired but my I-20 is
still current. and i am planning to do residency yet i'm not sure if
i will be able to go to my home country this christams as my
interviews range from november to december to january. so is it
really possible to renew my visa in Canada and or Mexico? and how to
we get to Canada or Mexico as a tourist, do we still need another
visa? actually, should i first wait and see to what residency program
i get accepted and which one i plan on doing before i worry about my
visa? my i-20 i believe is valid until 2006 because i graduate may of
2005. or will i have to do the residency on a work visa? or is opt
enough or does each program have their own rules?
thanks ..t




[email protected] (J. J. Farrell) wrote in message news:<[email protected]. com>...
    > [email protected] (CT) wrote in message news:<[email protected] om>...
    > >
    > > I have a couple of questions about h1-b visa renewal.
    >
    > You seem to be talking about status extension rather than visa
    > renewal. A visa is a document stuck in your passport. I'll assume
    > you really mean status extension.
    >
    > > I am currently on h1-b, (the first 3 years) and my employer has files
    > > for an extension/renewal. How long does this process take nowadays.
    >
    > From 10 days (if he applies for expedited processing) up to about
    > 6 months.
    >
    > > Second, say, the new visa does not arrive until the expiration of the
    > > last visa. will i still be in legal status if this happens.
    >
    > Yes.
    >
    > > Third, visa extension is different from getting a new visa correct?
    >
    > Yes, though not significantly.
 
Old Oct 6th 2004, 6:09 am
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Sylvia Ottemoeller
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"tamara62" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > So I guess I'm in the same boat as Hala?
    > I am also a foreign student and my visa has expired but my I-20 is
    > still current.

and i am planning to do residency

What residency? Are you referring to graduate medical education?

You should apply for F-1 optional practical training as soon as you legally
can, to begin the first day of residency, and that will authorize the first
year of graduate medical education.

After that, the only choices are ECFMG J-1 status, which will obligate you
to the 2-year home residence requirement, or H-1B status, which requires
that you have passed Parts I, II, and III of USMLE before your employer can
petition for the H-1B. Also, only certain residency programs will petition
for H-1B, as a matter of policy.

yet i'm not sure if
    > i will be able to go to my home country this christams as my
    > interviews range from november to december to january. so is it
    > really possible to renew my visa in Canada and or Mexico?

Applying for the visa in Canada or Mexico is not an impossibility, but it is
a long shot. If the consular post refuses your application, you must then
proceed straight to your home country. You can't get back into the U.S.

and how to
    > we get to Canada or Mexico as a tourist, do we still need another
    > visa?

This depends on your country of citizenship. Look it up on websites of
Mexican consulates.

actually, should i first wait and see to what residency program
    > i get accepted and which one i plan on doing before i worry about my
    > visa?

It is probably easier to get a new F-1 visa before you graduate. After
that, it's more difficult to show that you intend to return to your home
country.

my i-20 i believe is valid until 2006 because i graduate may of
    > 2005. or will i have to do the residency on a work visa?

See above -- after F-1 OPT, only ECFMG J-1 or maybe H-1B can be used.

or is opt
    > enough or does each program have their own rules?

OPT is not enough except for a one-year internship. Each program accepts
ECFMG J-1, and some (you have to check) are willing to sponsor for H-1B.

    > [email protected] (J. J. Farrell) wrote in message
news:<[email protected]. com>...

    > > [email protected] (CT) wrote in message
news:<[email protected] om>...
    > > >
    > > > I have a couple of questions about h1-b visa renewal.
    > >
    > > You seem to be talking about status extension rather than visa
    > > renewal. A visa is a document stuck in your passport. I'll assume
    > > you really mean status extension.
    > >
    > > > I am currently on h1-b, (the first 3 years) and my employer has files
    > > > for an extension/renewal. How long does this process take nowadays.
    > >
    > > From 10 days (if he applies for expedited processing) up to about
    > > 6 months.
    > >
    > > > Second, say, the new visa does not arrive until the expiration of the
    > > > last visa. will i still be in legal status if this happens.
    > >
    > > Yes.
    > >
    > > > Third, visa extension is different from getting a new visa correct?
    > >
    > > Yes, though not significantly.
 
Old Oct 6th 2004, 9:58 am
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J. J. Farrell
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[email protected] (tamara62) wrote in message news:<[email protected]. com>...
    > I am also a foreign student and my visa has expired but my I-20 is
    > still current. and i am planning to do residency yet i'm not sure if
    > i will be able to go to my home country this christams as my
    > interviews range from november to december to january. so is it
    > really possible to renew my visa in Canada and or Mexico? and how to
    > we get to Canada or Mexico as a tourist, do we still need another
    > visa? actually, should i first wait and see to what residency program
    > i get accepted and which one i plan on doing before i worry about my
    > visa? my i-20 i believe is valid until 2006 because i graduate may of
    > 2005. or will i have to do the residency on a work visa? or is opt
    > enough or does each program have their own rules?

I don't know much about student visas and associated work
authorisation. You only need a visa if you want to enter
the USA after leaving. In this case, the visa must be for
the status in which you want to enter. I'm not sure if
you'll get one in Mexico or Canada, but if they decline to
give you one you won't be able to re-enter the USA until
you've been to your home country and got one there.
 
Old Oct 7th 2004, 5:33 am
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J.J. I have H1B visa stampled on my passport valid till Feb 28, 2005.
Since I changed my employer and new petition is for 3 years effective
from August 21, 2004.

Can I apply for new visa before Feb 28, 2005? Since I'm from special
registration country last time they took 1 month to process my visa.





[email protected] (J. J. Farrell) wrote in message news:<[email protected] om>...
    > [email protected] (tamara62) wrote in message news:<[email protected]. com>...
    > >
    > > I am also a foreign student and my visa has expired but my I-20 is
    > > still current. and i am planning to do residency yet i'm not sure if
    > > i will be able to go to my home country this christams as my
    > > interviews range from november to december to january. so is it
    > > really possible to renew my visa in Canada and or Mexico? and how to
    > > we get to Canada or Mexico as a tourist, do we still need another
    > > visa? actually, should i first wait and see to what residency program
    > > i get accepted and which one i plan on doing before i worry about my
    > > visa? my i-20 i believe is valid until 2006 because i graduate may of
    > > 2005. or will i have to do the residency on a work visa? or is opt
    > > enough or does each program have their own rules?
    >
    > I don't know much about student visas and associated work
    > authorisation. You only need a visa if you want to enter
    > the USA after leaving. In this case, the visa must be for
    > the status in which you want to enter. I'm not sure if
    > you'll get one in Mexico or Canada, but if they decline to
    > give you one you won't be able to re-enter the USA until
    > you've been to your home country and got one there.
 
Old Oct 8th 2004, 6:02 pm
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Jozef
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"Zabed" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > J.J. I have H1B visa stampled on my passport valid till Feb 28, 2005.
    > Since I changed my employer and new petition is for 3 years effective
    > from August 21, 2004.
    > Can I apply for new visa before Feb 28, 2005? Since I'm from special
    > registration country last time they took 1 month to process my visa.

Sure, although you only need a new visa if you want to travel.
And you can re-enter the US as long as your current visa is valid (2/28/05).
It is not tied to the employer. Be sure to have an employment letter from
your current employer on you if you do this though.


    > [email protected] (J. J. Farrell) wrote in message
    > news:<[email protected] om>...
    >> [email protected] (tamara62) wrote in message
    >> news:<[email protected]. com>...
    >> >
    >> > I am also a foreign student and my visa has expired but my I-20 is
    >> > still current. and i am planning to do residency yet i'm not sure if
    >> > i will be able to go to my home country this christams as my
    >> > interviews range from november to december to january. so is it
    >> > really possible to renew my visa in Canada and or Mexico? and how to
    >> > we get to Canada or Mexico as a tourist, do we still need another
    >> > visa? actually, should i first wait and see to what residency program
    >> > i get accepted and which one i plan on doing before i worry about my
    >> > visa? my i-20 i believe is valid until 2006 because i graduate may of
    >> > 2005. or will i have to do the residency on a work visa? or is opt
    >> > enough or does each program have their own rules?
    >> I don't know much about student visas and associated work
    >> authorisation. You only need a visa if you want to enter
    >> the USA after leaving. In this case, the visa must be for
    >> the status in which you want to enter. I'm not sure if
    >> you'll get one in Mexico or Canada, but if they decline to
    >> give you one you won't be able to re-enter the USA until
    >> you've been to your home country and got one there.
 

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