H1b bridging在H1b transfer或者expired的时候发挥的作用

2017.12.10更新:

公司律师告知:这个H1b bridging已经无效了。但是好消息是:即便你的H1b过期了,如果你没使用满6年,新的公司可以直接帮你申请H1,无需等待抽签。不过你要确保你合法的呆在美国,不然无法通过签证申请。另外当H1下来的时候,需要出国一趟,变更签证。

如果你的I140下来了,就没有6年一说,无限延期。

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由于最近换工作,而且处于特殊身份期,所以经历了一轮非常复杂的转换。幸好新公司律师团队处理这个非常有经验,不过自己也为自己捏了一把汗。

首先,我先介绍下情况:

  1. 今年正好是我第一个H1b三年的结束(10.31结束)
  2. Company A在5月份file了新的H1b extension,但收到了REF
  3. 9月我接受了Company B的工作,但是11月才开始办理我的身份

这里就出现了一个Gap,我的H1b在10.31已经失效了,而extension被REF了,那么在他通过之前其实我是没有身份的。而新公司应该如何处理我的身份呢?如果是做extension,我的H1b已经过期,无法开始。如果做transfer,那么需要等之前Company A的extension通过。

这件事处理的逻辑是这样的:

  1. 首先根据CFR 274A.12(b)(20),在你申请extension期间,如果还没有通过,而你的之前的过期了,这时候你拥有270天的时间可以为现有雇主工作,我的情况就是Company A,这也是我之前《如何在H1B extension延期期间renew驾照》中申请驾照延期的依据
  2. 根据H1b Bridging的memo (https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Laws/Memoranda/Static_Files_Memoranda/Archives%201998-2008/2005/ac21intrm122705.pdf),新雇主如果在你extension期间,file新的extension,可以继续使用之前的,并且可以马上在新雇主这里开始工作。具体条款如下:

D. H-1B Portability Provisions

1. Portability and “Bridging”

AC21 allows a foreign national who was previously in H-1B status to begin new employment (or to “port”) upon the filing of an H-1B petition by a prospective employer. (As opposed to having to wait for petition approval before starting the new job). The memo states that a foreign national can port to new employment while an extension of H-1B status filed by another employer is pending on the foreign national’s behalf.

For example, a foreign national is working for Employer A for 3 years. Prior to expiration of the foreign national’s H-1B status, Employer A files a petition to extend his stay. While that petition is pending, the foreign national’s H-1B status expires but the foreign national remains in a “period of stay authorized by the Attorney General,” and is authorized to continue working for 240 days under 8 CFR 274A.12(b)(20). While the extension continues to pend, Employer B files a petition for new H-1B employment on the foreign national’s behalf. Under the memo, the foreign national may go to work for Employer B immediately upon the filing of the new petition by Employer B, regardless of the fact that the foreign national was technically out of status when Employer B filed the new petition.

In addition, successive H-1B portability petitions can be filed on a foreign national’s behalf so long as each portability petition separately meets the requirements for H-1B classification and extension of stay. However, if one of the bridging petitions is denied, it will most likely result in the foreign national’s going out of status and beginning to accrue unlawful presence.

查询H1b Bridging,发现其实比我复杂的情况还有很多。有些甚至涉及到3家公司,有些涉及到出国等等,有兴趣的可以自己查下。

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