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Contact ISSS if there will be any changes to your H-1B Employment including, but not limited to, changes in salary, job title/rank, job duties, work sites (including your home address).
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ISSS Staff Contact Phone #
Temple University (Main Campus & Professional Schools)
TU Health System/Hospital/Fox Chase Cancer Center
215 204 1102
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding H-1B Status
It is imperative that Hiring Departments contact ISSS AS SOON AS THEY KNOW that an H-1B position will end, either through voluntary or involuntary means.
Employment terminated by the Employee:
If an H-1B worker voluntarily terminates his or her employment, an employer is not liable for the cost of return transportation abroad [8 C.F.R. 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(E)]. The employee should depart the United States on the final day of employment with the sponsoring employer, unless he or she has secured H-1B sponsorship of another employer or otherwise changed immigration status. There is a discretionary 60 day grace period, but employee should be aware that this grace period is not automatic.
Employment terminated by the employer:
If the employer dismisses the H-1B worker prior to the end of the period of authorized employment, the employer must present a check to the employee equivalent to the reasonable costs of return transportation to the alien's last place of foreign residence. Dismissal for any reason, even for cause, triggers this provision. INA 214(c)(5)(A); 8 C.F.R. 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(E)
Steps To Be Taken Once Department notifies ISSS that an individual’s employment will be terminated:
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ISSS maintains a list of referred immigration attorneys.
Once an H-1B worker is in the U.S., he or she may decide to change employers. This is sometimes referred to as a "transfer" or "sequential employment."
Resigning prior to change of employer
In general, the validity of an H-1B worker's nonimmigrant status depends upon engaging in the employment described in the employer's H-1B petition.
Although the H-1B category is not set up to accommodate the "real-world" practice of changing employment, effective January 17, 2017 [see 81 FR 82398 (November 18, 2016) ), regulations give DHS the discretion to grant a limited "grace period" of up to 60 days, during which the worker and his or her dependents will "not be considered to have failed to maintain nonimmigrant status solely on the basis of a cessation of the employment on which the alien's classification was based." This grace period will apply only when each of these conditions exist:
Here is the regulatory provision [8 CFR 214.1(l)(2)]. Read it carefully:
(2) An alien admitted or otherwise provided status in E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H-1B1, L-1, O-1 or TN classification and his or her dependents shall not be considered to have failed to maintain nonimmigrant status solely on the basis of a cessation of the employment on which the alien's classification was based, for up to 60 consecutive days or until the end of the authorized validity period, whichever is shorter, once during each authorized validity period. DHS may eliminate or shorten this 60-day period as a matter of discretion. Unless otherwise authorized under 8 CFR 274a.12, the alien may not work during such a period.
Note that the rule provides that "DHS may eliminate or shorten this 60-day period as a matter of discretion." H-1B beneficiaries who have ceased employment prior to their authorized period of stay, and who are concerned about their immigration status, should consult an experienced immigration lawyer for advice.
Another thing to remember about the 60-day H-1B grace period is that it does not work like the F-1 60-day grace period. Whereas the F-1 grace period is tacked on to the end of a student's program end date after completing a course of study, the new H-1B 60-day grace period is the sooner of 60 consecutive days after the cessation of work or the worker's "authorized validity period," i.e., whichever comes first. For example, if someone works until the end of their petition, they do not get a 60 day grace period at the end (they might have a 10-day grace period, but only if it was expressly granted on their I-94 either by CBP or USCIS). Here's another example: Say an H-1B's authorized validity period was from Jan 1, 2019 to Dec 31, 2020. If for whatever reason the H-1B ceases work on Dec 1, 2020, 30 days before the petition end date, the H-1B would have available only 30 days of grace period eligibility.
DHS states that "The purpose of the 60-day grace period is to enable the nonimmigrant workers to seek new nonimmigrant employment and thus be able to extend or change their nonimmigrant status while remaining in the United States, should their employment conclude during the relevant validity period."
Prior to January 17, 2017, an H-1B nonimmigrant who ceased H-1B employment for any reason prior to the petition end date and before another employer filed a "portability" petition on the worker's behalf would in most circumstances have been seen as having violated his or her H-1B status. This would render the worker ineligible for immigration benefits such as portability employment, change of nonimmigrant status, or extension of stay.
Regarding eligibility to begin H-1B portability employment while in a 60-day grace period, DHS states in the preamble to the final rule at https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-27540/p-555:
"Finally, the final rule at 8 CFR 214.1(l)(3) makes clear that the nonimmigrant worker, during either a 10-day or 60-day grace period, may apply for and, if otherwise eligible, be granted an extension of stay or change of status. The beneficiary may also commence employment under H-1B portability per § 214.2(h)(2)(i)(H), discussed in some detail below, if otherwise eligible. To further effectuate the intended purpose of these provisions, DHS is also making clarifying edits to the regulatory text at § 214.1(l)(2), and (l)(3)."
You must notify USCIS with any home address/name changes with Form AR-11.
H-1B Status has "Dual Intent". This means that you can hold H-1B status (nonimmigrant status) and still apply for a green card (immigrant status).
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Read about Incidental Employment here.
Contact ISSS immediately if you have been arrested as there can be serious immigration consequences.
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Click here for an explanation of H-1B Portability
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All H-1B Workers are subject to USCIS Fraud Detection Unit Site Visits.