The visa process for coming to the United States can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean success stories aren’t plentiful. It would be hard to find a better example than this week’s guest, Reza Rofougaran.
Reza Rofougaran is the Co-Chief Executive Officer, Founder, and Chief Technology Officer for Movandi, a privately held company that has set out to revolutionize 5G around the world. Reza is also a Board Member for the company. Reza founded Innovent Systems, Inc in 1998, where he was instrumental in a host of innovations in wireless connectivity.
This week host Kaushik Ranchod welcomes Reza Rofougaran to talk about Reza’s experiences in the visa process, the difficulties of obtaining an H-1 visa, and how Reza came to have 859 patents.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- [2:41] Background on Reza Rofougaran and how he came to America, and the Visa process he went through
- [9:20] Reza’s experience hiring immigrants through the Visa process
- [14:29] Smaller businesses have trouble paying the wage rates that large companies can
- [15:35] Reza’s biggest success in his company
- [17:44] The 859 patents Reza has
- [19:16] Challenges Reza has overcome
- [22: 10] People come to the United States come to be successful and contribute to the greatness of the company
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With so many options available for immigrants to utilize, how do they know which visa to apply for? Once an option is chosen, new questions are opened up. It can be a confusing process, and knowing where to turn can go a long way towards ensuring a successful visa application.
Kaushik Ranchod has been an immigration lawyer for his entire career. After starting out as a consultant in the dot com era, Kaushik started his own practice by himself and has grown the company into an organization with a whole team of employees and lawyers.
This week Kaushik sits down again with John Corcoran to go over the basics of the different types of visas, as well as some frequently asked questions which immigrants have when beginning the process.
Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:
- [1:40] Common questions about visas, and the basic differences between work visas
- [4:15] The increased difficulty of immigration in the current political climate
- [6:50] How long is an H1B visa good for
- [7:42] When to apply for the visas
- [9:30] Can an immigrant file on their own?
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Before, USCIS put all petitions in a lottery system; first, it selected the statutory 20,000 slots earmarked for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree or higher, then placed all petitions–including those with an advanced U.S. degree–in a regular pool.
This year, USCIS will include all advanced-degree petitions in the general lottery first, then conduct a second lottery to exempt 20,000 advanced-degree slots until the annual statutory limit is met.
USCIS proposed another change this year, but will not apply to this year’s cap petitions: the employer registration system.
Next year, for FY 2021 petitions, employers will be required to register online in order to submit an H1-B petition.
USCIS states that “the electronic registration requirement will require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap petitions, including those that may be eligible for the advanced degree exemption, to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period. Only those whose registrations are selected will be eligible to file an H-1B cap-subject petition.”
Helping Startups Navigate the H1B Visa Processs
During the interview, Kaushik provides insights, deadlines and best immigration practices. The Ranchod Law Group has an excellent track record with Kruze Consulting’s team members and is recommended to all of Kruze’s clients.
A full transcript of the podcast is available here.
Today is a historic moment. The 9th Circuit Ct. of Appeals, the first Appellate court to make a ruling on Trump’s Travel Ban, refuses to reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban.
Read about the ruling here.
The Travel Ban has harmed many immigrants, green card holders and even citizens. Individuals who were U.S. citizens and green card holders were rejected from entering the country based on religious discrimination.
The Travel Ban is only one of many immigration proposed executive orders that affect immigration policy which also affects employers and H1B filings.
This is a victory not only for immigrants but for our democracy because it demonstrates that there are checks and balances that prevent our nation from becoming a dictatorship.
If you have immigration questions contact our office at 916-613-3553. We are here fighting for you through the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) and the cases that we file for our clients.
Kaushik Ranchod, Esq.
Spouses in the U.S. under H4 status
Announced Last Week: Good News for Spouses of H1 Holders
At Ranchod Law, many of our clients are H1 Holders with spouses in the U.S. under H4 status. Currently, these H4 spouses are not allowed to work legally in the U.S. We at Ranchod Law see this as such a travesty because the spouses of our highly skilled H1B clients often have great skills and excellent educational backgrounds too but their inability to work not only causes their careers to suffer, but it is also such a waste for the U.S. which could be utilizing the H4’s skills and knowledge. Thankfully, this should no longer be the case at the end of this year for some H4 spouses.
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that new rules will grant work authorization to H4 spouses of H1B visa holders if the H1B visa holder has started the process to apply for lawful permanent resident status (a Green Card ). Homeland Security officials said they hoped to issue final regulations by the end of this year.
The proposed rule change to allow H4 spouses to work if the H1B holder has started the process to obtain a Green Card recognizes the huge backlogs that have developed for employment based Green Card s. The current wait for most immigrants from India is at least eleven years, with Filipinos waiting as long as seven years, and Chinese immigrants up to six years. It makes a big different to the H4 spouses and also for the H1B visa holders to have the H4 spouses able to work while they wait for their Green Card s as oppose to waiting idly.
While we are happy and we welcome work authorization for H4 holders whose H1B spouses have begun the Green Card process, this still leaves an entire group of H4 spouses whose spouses have yet to begin the Green Card process without the ability to work. A broad immigration bill that passed the Senate last year included major changes to the H1-B program, namely a provision that would grant work authorization to the spouses of all H1-B visa holders. Unfortunately, the House of Representatives has not taken up that bill, and it remains unclear if it will move on any major immigration measures this year.
If you have any question or concerns about the immigration status or yourself or your family or your ability to work legally in the U.S. please contact our main office at (916) 613-3553, we have offices conveniently located in Sacramento and Stockton. We help clients locally, throughout the U.S. and abroad.
How does a person on an H1B visa get a 3-year extension? Let’s watch a short video about 3-year H1B extensions:
Remember that you should consult with a qualified immigration attorney before attempting any change in your legal status. Call The Ranchod Law Group today at (916) 613-3553. Our offices are located in Sacramento, Santa Clara and San Francisco, and we meet with new clients daily. We also assist callers from anywhere in the world!
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Remember that you should consult with a qualified immigration attorney before attempting any change in your legal status. Call us today at (916) 613-3553. Our offices are conveniently located in Sacramento, Santa Clara and San Francisco and we remotely assist clients all over the world.
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What if my OPT is set to expire before my H1B takes effect?? Cap gap to the rescue!
If you studied in the U.S. in F status, you are probably familiar with OPT (Optional Practical Training), which temporarily allows you to work in the U.S. in your major area of study. Now what happens if your OPT is set to expire before your pending or approved H1B is set to take effect? This is where cap gap, the automatic extension of your F status until your H1B status takes effect, comes to the rescue! Take the hypothetical of Luisa:
Luisa studies in the U.S. and obtains one year of OPT from April 15, 2013 until April 15, 2014. Luisa, who otherwise qualifies for a H1B, has found an employer to sponsor her for the H1B. The earliest Luisa’s employer can file for the H1B is April 1, 2014 and the H1B won’t be effective until October 1, 2014. So what is Luisa supposed to do from April 15, 2014 (the date her OPT expires) until October 1, 2014 (the date her H1B becomes effective)? Thankfully, immigration regulations allow individuals like Luisa with pending or approved H-1B petitions to remain in F status.
The period of time when an F student’s status and work authorization expire through the start date of their H1B is known as the “cap-gap”. The automatic extension of F status until the start of the H1B is referred to as “filling the cap-gap.” Again, the extension of the F status until the start of the H1B is automatic. In the hypothetical above, Luisa can continue living and working in the U.S. from April 15, 2014 (the date her OPT would have expired if not for the cap gap) until October 1, 2014 (the date her H1B becomes effective).
Now, what happens if USCIS (U.S. Immigration) denies, rejects, or revokes an H1B petition filed on behalf of an individual in F status covered by the automatic cap-gap extension? In that unfortunate scenario, the individual will have the standard 60-day grace period (from the date of the notification of the denial, rejection, or revocation of the petition) before s/he is required to depart the United States. Note that the 60 day grace period does not apply in cases of status violations, misrepresentation, or fraud.
A final common question concerns travel during the cap gap. If you travel outside of the U.S. during your cap-gap extension you will NOT be able to return in F status. Instead, you will need to apply for your H1B visa at a consular post abroad prior to returning.
If you have questions or need help with your H1B or other immigration matters please contact us at (916) 453-3553. If you are in the Sacramento or the Bay Area you can arrange to meet us in one of our offices or, if elsewhere in the U.S., we’d be happy to consult with you over the phone or Skype.
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