H1B Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the H1B Visa

H1B Visa

The H1B Visa is a great option for foreign nationals seeking to work in the United States with a valid job offer. In this guide I will discuss what you need to know the H1B visa.

 

If you have any questions about the H1B visa, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and would be happy to answer your questions.

 

Introduction

 

The H1B is a special visa that allows foreign nationals to enter the United States to perform “specialty occupations.” A specialty occupation is one that requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree or enough work experience that could equate a degree.

 

Overview:

 

  1. What is the H1B Visa?

 

  1. What are the benefits of the H1B Visa?

 

  1. What are the Requirements for the H1B Visa?

 

  1. H1B Visa Numerical Limitations

 

5. Who files the petition?

 

  1. H1B Visa Process

 

  1. H1B Visa Documents

 

  1. H1B Visa Fees

 

  1. H1B Visa Processing Time

 

  1. Amending an H1B Visa

 

  1. Recapturing Time

 

  1. H1B Visa to Green Card

 

  1. H1B Visa Exceptions

 

14. F1 Visa to H1B Visa

 

15. Conclusion

 

1. What is the H1B Visa?

 

The H1B is a special visa that allows foreign nationals to perform specialty occupations in the United States. This work can be in - but is not limited to - any of the following fields:

 

  • architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine, health, education, business, law, accounting, theology, and the arts.

 

If an argument exists that the position requires a bachelor’s degree, then you may be eligible for an H1B. The work can be either full-time or part-time. Every year, there are 65,000 H1B visas made available. An additional 20,000 H1Bs exist for those with advanced degrees (masters, juris doctor, etc.) from US institutions.

 

H1B visas  are valid for up to three years. Furthermore, three-year extensions are available, for a total validity period of six years. Those on an H1B are eligible to bring their dependent spouse and children. These dependents would hold H4 status.

H1B visa holders are eligible to change employers. But they must meet certain requirements. H1B beneficiaries may also pursue permanent immigration status. This is because it is a dual intent visa.

 

2. What are the benefits of the H1B visa?

 

There are many benefits to having an H1B visa. Here are just a few:

 

You can legally work in the United States. 

 

The H1B allows foreign nationals to perform specialty occupations in the United States. This allows highly qualified individuals to work and live in the US. This benefits both the beneficiaries and the US economy.

 

You can simultaneously pursue permanent resident status.

 

The H1B is a nonimmigrant visa. However, unlike the B, H2B, H3 and J1 visas, you only need to show “temporary entry.” As opposed to showing nonimmigrant intent. You must prove you will depart following the termination of H1B status. Although, you are not required to maintain a residence abroad. This means that while you are in H1B status, you can apply for benefits that could lead to a green card - without harming your visa.

 

Your dependents can come to the US with you.

 

Your spouse and dependent children (who are under 21 and unmarried) are eligible for H4 status. This means they can come to the United States with you. Those with H4 status may attend school, but are ineligible to work (subject to certain exceptions). Additionally, those with H4 status must be in the United States to join the principal worker. H4 status will be revoked if the visa holders are in the US while the principal H1B holder is usually absent abroad.

 

H1B visas have portability.

 

One big advantage of H1B visa is the portability benefits.  This means that if you are on an H1B and change employers, you can begin working for a different employer upon filing your new petition.

 

3. What are the requirements for the H1B visa?

 

There are many conditions to meet for an H1B visa. An immigration lawyer can help you determine if you meet these provisions. Our office can also help you organize evidence to prove eligibility. Please be aware that those working on an H1B could be subject to random site checks. This is to ensure the information provided to the US government was correct.

 

You must have a job offer from a US company.

The employer must extend a bona fide job offer to the beneficiary. This can be through a written contract or, if there is no written contract, through a summary of an oral agreement. Additionally, there must be evidence to support the need for the beneficiary.

 

There must be a valid employer-employee relationship.

 

This is an important and mandatory condition. For valid employer-employee relationship, there must be employer control. Control is the ability of the petitioner to determine when, where, and how the beneficiary completes his/her duties. USCIS will deny a petition if the beneficiary will not be an employee or report to the petitioner.

USCIS will examine the following factors to determine if there is a valid employer-employee relationship:

 

- if the petitioner supplies tools or other instruments to the beneficiary,

- if the petitioner can hire, pay, and fire the beneficiary,

- if the petitioner evaluates the beneficiary’s work,

- if the petitioner provides any employee benefits to the beneficiary,

- and if the beneficiary appears on the petitioner’s tax information.

 

It is difficult to support an employer-employee relationship when the beneficiary is off-site. Yet, a valid relationship can exist if the petitioner controls the beneficiary’s work schedule and has regular contact. A contract or other document detailing the terms and conditions of the job may show an employee-employer relationship.

 

There must not be any labor disputes at the workplace.

 

USCIS will deny the petition if there is a strike or other labor dispute at the beneficiary's worksite. Although, if the petition has already been approved, the process will be suspended, and you will be unable to come to the US.

 

The job must be considered a specialty occupation position.

 

A specialty occupation requires theoretical or practical knowledge of a field. To learn whether your job qualifies as a specialty occupation, you should reference:

 

- The Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH),

- The Department of Labor’s O*NET online system,

- and/or the Department of Labor’s Dictionary of Occupational Titles.

 

The emphasis is not on the job title, but on the job duties of the individual applicant. Here, the job description will be carefully analyzed. This includes the specific tasks, demands, duties, and actual requirements of the position.

 

Other factors to determine if the job is a specialty position would be:

 

- the beneficiary’s education and work experience,

- the nature of the petitioner’s business,

- the industry standards,

- salary (both of the beneficiary and the industry standard),

- and the business size.

 

Additional factors could be:

 

- work from previous employees in the same position

- and the job listings for the same or similar positions in the past.

Positions with the same title can result in different adjudications from USCIS. This is because of USCIS’ focus on the job description and duties.

The job must require a bachelor’s or higher degree (or equivalent).

 

The job must require a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in a specific field of study related to the occupation. Not all foreign degrees titled “bachelor’s degree” are equivalent to a US institution’s bachelor’s degree.

 

USCIS may require a credentials evaluation of your foreign transcript and degree. This can help provide evidence that you meet the H1B bachelor’s requirement. The most popular credentials evaluator is the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Electronic Database for Global Education (AACRAO EDGE). It may be useful to highlight the relevant coursework in your transcript and tie it to the petitioner support letter.

 

EXCEPTIONS:

 

If you do not have the academic requirements standard for the job, you can still qualify for an H1B. This can be done through a combination of education, training, and work experience. Here, a petitioner would need to demonstrate the previous experience is equivalent to the standard degree.

 

Your previous work must include the theoretical and practical application of specialized knowledge. Evidence to support this can include:

 

- recognition from leaders in your field,

- published material by or about you,

- evidence of licensure,

- evidence of significant contribution to the field,

- results from CLEP or PONSI,

- and/or membership in a professional association.

 

The required experience depends on the degree traditionally used for the position. If the required degree for the position is a doctoral degree, you must have a doctorate. For example, if a master’s or advanced degree is traditionally used - then a bachelor’s degree with five years of experience in relevant positions may be considered equivalent. If a bachelor’s degree is required, three years of relevant work experience may count for one year of education.

 

You must have paid all outstanding fees.

 

For an H1B petition, the employer must pay all relevant fees. Provide the reasoning in your cover letter if a designated fee is not required.

 

You must have licensure (if required by federal, state, or local law).

 

If the position requires a license: the beneficiary must be licensed prior to the H1B approval. If not, provide evidence demonstrating a technical problem for the delay. Note that restricted licenses are only valid for one year or until the license expires, whichever is longer. An approval cannot exceed the validity period of a temporary license.

 

There are only two exceptions to this rule:

  • If a permanent license is not required by the state
  • If the state allows unlicensed people to practice under the supervision of a licensed supervisor

 

Those in healthcare professions should be aware that state guidelines supersede OOH requirements. Those primarily involved in research or teaching (not patient care) do not need a license. Additionally, some other exceptions may exist for those in healthcare professions.

 

Note that having a license does not equate a specialty occupation. For example, nursing requires a license and is not considered a specialty occupation. Additionally, not all specialty occupations require a license. You will not be discriminated against for not having a license if it is not required for your position.

 

4. H1B Visa Numerical Limitations

 

One thing you should be aware of is the numerical limitation on H1B visas. Every year, 65,000 H1Bs are made available, with an additional 20,000 visas reserved for those with advanced degrees.

 

Any petition not chosen in the lottery or registered after the final receipt date will be rejected. Furthermore, any petition missing mandatory documents and/or fees will be rejected as well. This means that it is critical to be on top of your H1B visa application process. An immigration lawyer can help ensure that you maximize your likelihood for success.

 

Due to the lottery, many qualified applicants may never be reviewed. Reform has been pushed to change this process. Some advocates believe H1Bs should be reserved for the highest-paid or the most-skilled beneficiaries. Yet, this has not been implemented and the lottery system is our current process.

 

Today, we have a special lottery system for the advanced degree petitions, held before the regular lottery. If a beneficiary with an advanced degree is not chosen in the first lottery (20,000 designated spots), a second chance will be given in the general lottery.

 

It is important to note that H1B1 visa holders (discussed below) are not counted toward the H1B visa cap. The H1B1 has its own numerical limitations: 1,400 for Chilean citizens and 5,400 for citizens of Singapore. Furthermore, H4 dependents are not count towards this quota.

 

Finally, it is important to note that there are some exceptions. Employees for the listed organizations are not counted toward the cap on H1B visas. These organizations are also not subject to the ACWIA fee:

 

  • Institutions of higher education, or nonprofits related to higher education; and
  • Nonprofit or governmental research organizations.

5. Who files the petition?

 

A US company will file the petition on behalf of a foreign national who will receive the H1B. The US company is called the petitioner. The foreign national is called the beneficiary.

 

A petitioner must:

 

  • Have extended a job offer to the beneficiary;
  • Have a valid employer-employee relationship with the beneficiary; and
  • Have an Internal Revenue Service Tax identification number.

 

Petitioners can only file one petition per beneficiary in any given calendar year. If a petitioner submits more than one application, the petition or visa will be denied or revoked. The only exception to this is if the petitioner receives notice of a delay on the first filing. In this case, the petitioner can send a second petition with an explanation and withdraw the first.

 

However, multiple companies in the same corporate family can submit a petition for the same beneficiary. Here, each entity must have their own Federal Employer Identification Number. Additionally, they must have their own legitimate need to hire that beneficiary.

 

It may also be possible to have an agent file an H1B petition. This person acts on behalf of the petitioner. An agent can file on behalf of multiple employers if the beneficiary will work with more than one entity. Note that if an agent files the petition, all requirements must still be met.

 

An immigration lawyer, including myself or a member of my team, would be happy to assist with your H1B filing.

 

6. H1B Visa Process

 

The H1-B visa is a multistep process. The following is a general guideline followed by a more detailed explanation:

 

  • Apply for H1B Registration period;
  • If selected in lottery, submit an H1B application;
  • Receive approval;
  • If abroad, submit a visa application; and
  • Begin work in the United States.

 

Registration Period: Effective 2020

 

In winter 2019, DHS implemented the H1B CAP electronic registration rule. This applies to all employers applying for an H1B petition on behalf of any potential future H1B employees. Note that this registration rule also includes the advanced degree applicants.

 

For all H1B cap-subject petitions, a separate registration application is required. This must be done for each potential worker. If the electronic registration application is selected, petitioners can then submit Form I-129. Previously, petitioners had to be submit the I-129 every year, even without knowing whether their petition was chosen.

 

DHS will require a payment of $10 for each electronic registration, which is due and payable at the time of the registration submission. A registration will not be considered submitted unless the fee is rendered.

 

Submit an H1B Petition

 

Remember, you should submit two copies of your H1B petition. You must mail your application to the appropriate USCIS Service Center. One should be the original and the second, a copy, for consular processing. The appropriate USCIS delivery address will vary. Please go on USCIS.GOV and check the filing location based on your employment details. An immigration lawyer can assist you in determining where your petition should be mailed.

 

As discussed in Section 4: “Numerical Limitations,” it is crucial you submit your petition no later than April 1st. Please note that the petition is considered received when it arrives at the Service Center. All petitions received on the same day will be treated equally. If you are you chosen, keep in mind the requirements for keeping your status and filing your renewal. H1B extensions cannot be filed more than six months before the status expiration date. Thus, it is recommended that you begin preparing as early as possible.

 

To file for your H1B visa, here are some of the documents that you may need:

 

  • Form I-907: This document is only required if you pay the additional premium processing fee. This guarantees you will receive a response within 15 calendar days, absent any RFEs.

 

  • Form I-129 with Supplement H: This form provides information about the US company, the beneficiary, and the job. The information provided here helps the officer determine if the H1B conditions are satisfied.

 

  • Exhibit packet:
    1. if requesting change of status, evidence of the beneficiary’s lawful status,
    2. always include a copy of the biographic page of the passport(s) of the beneficiary and any dependents,
    3. an approved labor condition application,
    4. a support statement from the US company,
    5. a cover letter from your attorney, and
    6. any other supporting documentation that may help your case.

 

Receive an approval

 

When your petition is approved, you will receive an approval notice via Form I-797.

 

If USCIS is satisfied with the submitted petition, it will be processed for approval. If the government is unable to deliberate an approval, they can send a Request for Evidence (RFE). This states what terms of the H1B application was unmet and why USCIS is unable to render an approval. Here, the petitioner can provide additional evidence to help support their filing.

 

USCIS may also send a Notice of Intent to Revoke or Deny (NOIR/NOID), which must be responded to within the given deadline. Failure to respond to either document or failure to provide adequate evidence in the response will mean the petition is rejected.

 

However, if the new evidence allows USCIS to determine all conditions for an H1B visa are satisfied, a Form I-797 with approval of an H1B petition, will be rendered. Approved H1B petitions are valid for up to three years or through the validity period of the H1B petition, whichever is shorter. Please be aware that an H1B petition can be revoked if any of the facts listed in the petition substantially change or were fraudulently stated.

Submit a visa application

 

Upon receiving the approval, the foreign national can schedule an appointment at a US consulate. Note that you cannot apply for a visa more than 90 days before the start date of the job. Upon scheduling a consular interview, the foreign national will meet with a US consular officer and show them their I-797 approval.

 

Since the conditions for a H1B visa were determined to have been met with the approval of the petition, the focus of the interview would be o the individual’s eligibility. The beneficiary should bring a copy of the petition and evidence of his/her specific qualifications. Different consulates and individual situations require different forms. Additionally, please be aware that visas do not have to be issued for the full length of the petition’s validity. You will need to check the visa reciprocity schedule with the Dept. of State to see how long your visa stamp will be valid for.

 

Begin work in the United States

 

H-1B beneficiaries may arrive in the United States up to 10 days before the start date of their petition and stay up to 60 days (with some exceptions) after the termination of their H1B status. Upon arrival, you should present your passport, H1B visa, and Form I-797 approval. You should ensure you receive an I-94 card with accurate information. You should take care to note expiration dates for your status.

7. H1B Visa Documents

 

Many documents are required during the H1B visa application process. The following is a general list. Please be aware this is not a comprehensive list and the documents you will need will vary based on your individual case:

 

  • A detailed job description
  • A copy of the foreign national’s resume
  • Transcripts or certifications, accompanied with credentials evaluation (if applicable)
  • Copies of training certificates, with an outline of the curriculum
  • Support letters from previous employers (if applicable)
  • Basic company information
  • Biographic page(s) of passport(s) for applicant and any dependents
  • A DOL job description
  • Statements from professional associations (if applicable)
  • Job postings for similar positions
  • Written contract or summary of oral agreement
  • Federal tax returns
  • Business plan
  • Evidence the degree required is required for all people in that position
  • Evidence of licensure (if applicable)

 

8. H1B Visa Fees

 

The following fees are paid for by the US employer or their representative. Yet, there may be other costs associated with the H1B visa application process. These include translations, photocopying fees, or transportation, which can be paid by the beneficiary. Please be aware that all fees listed in this guide are subject to change.

 

  • ACWIA Fee: $1,500 for employers with 26 or more employees and $750 for employers with 25 or fewer employees
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee: $500
  • For petitioners with 50+ employees and with 50% or more of their employees holding H-1B, L-1A, or L-1B status (if applicable): $4,000
  • Form I-129 Fee: $460
  • Premium Processing Fee (Form I-907): $1,440 (fee can be paid by beneficiary)

 

9. H1B Visa Processing Time

 

The amount of time it takes between an H1B filing and the receipt of an approval, depends on a wide range of factors. These factors include:

 

- whether premium processing was elected,

- which type of H1B visa you are requesting (cap-exempt, advanced degree, regular),

- which USCIS Service Center you use,

- and which US consulate you are being stamped at (if you are abroad).

 

Thus, the processing can take anywhere from less than two months to more than nine months.

 

Additionally, regardless of approval date, beneficiaries will not be eligible to work until the October 1st following the lottery.

 

10. Amending an H1B Visa

 

Once a beneficiary begins working in the United States on an H1B, there are still several things you should note. If the beneficiary changes employers or 50% of their job duties, an amended of new petition must be filed.

 

If there is a change in worksite, a new labor condition application must also be submitted. If the job ends unexpectedly, the beneficiary may stay for up to 60 days or until the visa expires, whichever is shorter. During this time, the beneficiary may attempt to find a new employer to remain in the US but may not work. It is important to note if there are any changes to a beneficiary’s job position or to the US company. Here, an immigration lawyer can help you determine what steps are required to be in compliance with the H1B visa program.

 

Additionally, an H1B is valid for a maximum of three years. To stay for up to three additional years, an extension must be filed. The request must be submitted while the beneficiary is still in valid H1B status. The extension does not have to be granted and does not have to be for the full three years. To strengthen the application, submit documentation showing the continued need for the H1B beneficiary. Items including, but not limited to, copies of pay records, work schedules, evaluations, and work produced by the beneficiary can be helpful.

 

11. Recapturing Time

 

As stated, H1Bs are valid for a period of up to six years. Yet, you should note that time spent in L status counts toward this six-year time period. However, this six year maximum only counts for time physically spent in the United States. If a beneficiary can demonstrate that they spent time outside the United States, that time does not count toward the six-year H1B maximum. This time can be “recaptured” and used towards further extending their H1B time.

 

For example, if someone returned to their home country for one week each year for a total of six weeks, this time can be recaptured. Here, the beneficiary would be eligible to spend an additional six weeks in the United States on H1B status. Please note that only full days spent outside of the United States can be recaptured. If any part of the day was spent in the United States such as a travel day, it is not eligible for recapture.

 

12. H1B Visa to Green Card

 

While on an H1B, you can apply for permanent resident status. Furthermore, those awaiting an immigrant visa priority date may be eligible to stay in the United States on an H1B for longer than six years. You may also be eligible to hold H1B status for longer if you have an approved EB-1, EB-2, and/or EB-3 petition. If you have any questions about the process of going from an H1B visa to permanent resident status in the United States, an immigration lawyer, such as myself or another member of my team, can provide further information.

13. H1B Visa Exceptions

 

Citizens of Chile and Singapore are eligible for H1B1 status. H1B1 visas are valid for up to 18 months and can be renewed indefinitely. You can apply either through USCIS or at a US consulate abroad. Those under H1B1 status are not counted toward the 65,000 visa cap and are not subject to the same six year maximum stay as those on the H1B. Some jobs that are not considered specialty occupations and are ineligible for an H1B visa may be accepted under the H1B1 visa. If you believe you may be eligible for an H1B1 visa, an immigration lawyer, like myself or another member of my team, can assist you further.

 

Applicants for an H1B1 visa can apply directly at the consulate or with USCIS (as a change of status). H1B1 applicants can provide all documentation directly to a consular officer when they seek visa stamping. They need not have an approval before their consular appointment.

 

14. F1 Visa to H1B Visa

 

Our clients commonly change status from an F-1 (student) visa to an H1B. If you have F-1 status, you are eligible for one year of practical training following your education. Those in STEM fields may be able to extend their practical training for an additional 24 months. This practical training must focus on the theoretical application of your specialized field of knowledge. This work must be related to the degree you earned. Employers can file H1B visas for students engaging in practical training who they wish to hire for a longer period of time and who meet all of the requirements outlined herein.

 

Some foreign nationals who finished practical training, but cannot commence their H1B employment, may be eligible to stay in the United States during this gap. The H1B holder does not have to return to their home country during this period. Although they may not work in the United States during this time. This “cap-gap relief” eliminates the need for inconvenient and expensive travel between the US and another country. If you have any questions about this process, an immigration lawyer, such as myself or another member of my team, would be happy to assist you.

15. Conclusion

 

The H1B visa is one of the most popular avenues that allow foreign nationals to perform specialty occupations in the United States. You should now have a much stronger understanding of the various aspects of the H1B visa, including the H1B visa benefits, requirements, and the visa application process.

 

If you have any questions regarding the information discussed in this guide or about the H1B visa generally, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I am very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

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Harsh Patel
19:34 04 May 21
They guided me really well through the process for my mom's travel document. Prompt response and processing of application. Ms. Karla helped me really well. I just explained my mom's situation to her and she guided me based on that really well. The... youtube video updates on new immigration stuff from Mr. Michael are really helpful too. Ms. Milena helped me really well to get my mom's travel document delivered to my address. Very reliable service.read more
Liza Macaspac
17:14 03 May 21
Just recently we got our E2 approval by the help of lawyers and staff of Ashoori Law office. They been very responsive with all my queries, full of knowledge and advance technology that can easily upload my documents without going to their office. I... would not hesitate to recommend to my relatives and friends who will be needing help to process their visa. It is also been help that Attorney Michael Ashoori who always sending updates about immigration policies and changes through his vlog that can watch in YouTube and now tiktok. It's a big help for us to be updated and learn about US immigration law and policy. Thanks to my laywer Lahaina Araneta, Atty Michael Ashoori and the rest of the staff and manager in this office. You are all such a big help and very professional in handling our case. Thank you!read more
Alexander Simpson
22:06 29 Apr 21
Exceptional service, professionalism and respect towards their clients!
LINDA NHAMBU
05:08 23 Apr 21
I had the privilege of being represented by Ashoori Law in filing for a re-entry permit. They were highly exceptional, professional, detailed and well versed with immigration law. I was extremely pleased with their services especially how they... followed up with USCIS and gave me constant feedback. Ashoori Law works diligently on your behalf , and I truly felt like I was their only client.Thank you for the outstanding service .read more
Nupur Dave
02:36 10 Apr 21
I used Ashoori law for my permit application. What I loved about working with them is the care that they took of me and my case. They were genuinely interested in helping me. They were responsive and give me almost personalised attention by... answering all my questions in detail.I also loved the way they manage the cases Through a dashboard where you can see the latest status of your case. It really helped me access the status of my application at any time I wanted.Their fee was very reasonable. Their understanding of the legal implications of my application was comprehensive. I intend to continue to use their services in the future. 👍read more
Ricardo de Santiago
22:44 02 Apr 21
Ashoori Law firm provided outstanding service to my immigration need. Lahaina Araneta, Esq. helped me obtain the highly sough-after TN Visa as a Management Consultant and I couldn't be more grateful. The staff is very friendly, responsive, and... knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm.read more
Zohir Berkane
16:14 25 Mar 21
Miss Karla was really nice and very helpful. She was answering all my questions and gave me many advices. Miss Karla, thank you so much, you made my day.
Jane Lopez
17:08 19 Mar 21
The best Law Firm I have ever called. Very friendly Staff. Was able to answer my inquiries right away. And was able to solved my Problem. Thank you so much Ashoori Law.
Elsha Shaju
22:01 11 Mar 21
I would highly recommend the firm Ashoori Law for any immigration cases or concerns and had a great experience with, Mr.Rohit Srinivasa. I am very much satisfied and will look forward working with them in future for any related cases. Best Wishes to... the entire team and sincere thanks for all your efforts.read more
Ravil Sharma
04:25 11 Mar 21
Ashoori Law were able to accommodate me quickly enough to meet my deadlines. They have been helpful throughout the entire process, answered many questions and always got back to my emails or voice messages in a timely manner. Michael and his team... are professional. I came across them after not completely satisfied with the work of my previous immigration law firm as they were cheaper. I then teamed up with Ashoori law and saw a huge difference from the first consultation and continue to see that standard throughout. I highly recommend to anyone to chose Ashoori law, it can be a daunting experience if not handled properly. However Michael’s team have done so many times before will manage to take the stress out and take care of business at hand.read more
Donna Hua
23:59 10 Mar 21
The team has all the right ingredients to success: Knowledgeable, responsive, efficient and informative. What more could you ask for?
Mahendra Satya
22:27 05 Mar 21
Initial consultation was great, able to clear my doubts in single shot, thanks Karla
Shaheen Ali
19:05 05 Mar 21
I am Canadian born citizen who had a general question in regards to moving to the US. I spoke to Karla Samayoa. I must say my consultation experience was nothing but exceptional. I had a general inquiry on the preferred methods of obtaining a visa... with dual intent. Karla was extremely helpful and answer any question I had from her. For anyone is not sure which path they should take in terms of immigration, book a free consultation with Ashoori Law. Ask for Karla, she is hands down the best person to ask for advice.read more
Susan Borzou
03:41 05 Mar 21
I couldn't be more blessed by finding Ashoori Law on google. Mr. Ehsan is so professional and helpes his clients from the heart, which was genuinely precious for me. I am also thankful for the bunch of useful videos they have on youtube 😇
Sarbjit Singh
04:49 25 Feb 21
Michael Ashoori is the Quickest ANSWERING Immigration Lawyer in the entire USA, even it’s 08:38 pm In west cost Los Angels and I texted him thru google and he immediately replied to me Question and answer booked my Free appointment for tomorrow... which is gonna be February 25 ,Well I feel very positive about it so let’s see what happens TomorrowJust want to sayThank you MichaelBestSabiread more
Ale
00:03 24 Feb 21
Karla Samayoa was very knowledgeable regarding my case and gave me thorough advise. She was very professional and kind. I will definitely look of Ashoori Law's help should I have a case to proceed further. I recommend to contact them for your legal... case regarding immigration.read more
Harim
01:10 10 Feb 21
Ashoori Law was very helpful throughout the whole process of applying for a travel document (re-entry permit). I asked them to process my case ASAP and they tried their best to expedite the process. They were informative and responsive. The most... helpful part was their prompt responses to my emails, especially given the pandemic situation. Also, their online system for filling out necessary documents was convenient and allowed me to easily track my case status. Overall, I definitely recommend working with them!read more
Natasha Methwani
00:49 10 Feb 21
We are really impressed with their services. Really professional, knowledgeable, up to date with all immigrantation changes. Our case got approved. We will recommend them for any immigration services.
Jaskiran Dhillon
17:05 03 Feb 21
My friend Ujjwal recommended Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. Had an amazing consultation with Rohit. He was very helpful and kind. He gave me ample time, guidance and resolved all my queries. I am looking forward to work with Ashoori Law Firm. Keep it up,... Rohit. Good Luck.read more
Emily S.
16:00 26 Jan 21
When I decided to engage an immigration attorney in December, I knew I needed someone that had a track record of successful execution, had a support team that could collaborate to expedite the timeline, communicated professionally, and most... importantly, was confident in my ability to get the case approved.I interviewed thirteen highly experienced immigration attorneys that were recommended by my extensive business network. I came across many issues. First of all, I was quoted astronomically high rates with long timelines. I was recommended visas that did not fit my needs, which would ultimately result in more lengthy filings and high fees. Many of these attorneys had their own private practice where they had a bias towards one type of visa they were specialized in, so they recommended immigration solutions that did not meet my profile whatsoever. Further, they did not have a strong and large enough team so they couldn’t confidently work on an expedited timeline. On the other end of the spectrum were the attorneys who worked at large firms with hundreds if not thousands of employees – they recommended the most expensive and lengthy visas, which were unrealistic for my budget and timeline.When I shared my difficulty finding an immigration attorney with a friend of mine who is a corporate lawyer in Los Angeles, he was quick to recommend Michael Ashoori. After only a few minutes of speaking to Michael on the phone for our initial consult, I knew Ashoori Law could help me with my immigration case because of their customized approach, experienced team and confidence in the visa they were recommending. Over the course of a week, I worked with his team to put together a stellar and thorough case. A few weeks later, we received an approval! Working with the Ashoori Law team on my case was a great experience! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs US immigration services.read more
Roberto GCB
23:38 11 Jan 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was really! Lahaina Araneta helped me through out all of my visa process and everything was really amazing. They really pay attention to every detail and try to deliver the best case possible. Totally recommend it!
Sameer Agashe
23:08 29 Dec 20
Keep up the good work!
Yousuf Dadi
02:34 29 Dec 20
I had a great experience with Ashoori law Working with Lahaina has been great. She is very professional and knowledgeable in her field. I would strongly recommend this firm. I would like to thank all team of Ashoori Law from bottom of my heart.... They respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration,guidance,help and time. Thanks in bunchesread more
Rhys Gray
22:07 28 Dec 20
Rohit is a credit to the company. Really took the time to listen to & understand our situation, then talked us through all of our suitable options clearly & concisely with a friendly & pressure-free manner. Absolutely would recommend to anyone who... needs help & guidance in navigating what can be an incredibly confusing processread more
karla marro
05:23 22 Dec 20
Michael and Lahaina are the best they support me from the beginning and always answering my questions and concerns and following up so I super recommend them !
3 Dots IT Solutions
18:20 07 Dec 20
I just want to say Ashoori Law firm has been the best I ever dealt with. Starting from the front desk receptionist, everybody is very professional and responsive. Lahaina is my attorney whom I worked with. She is very well organized and guided me on... the right direction towards a successful approval of H1 for my consultant. To my surprise, there wasn't a RFE at all. Thanks so much for your service and I would highly recommend them for any immigration related service.read more
Art E
18:49 30 Nov 20
After multiple, futile attempts to seek Immigration Attorneys who are knowledgeable in worker visas (specifically L1A), we were finally able to find Ashoori Law! Our first L1A case submitted to Ashoori Law was successfully APPROVED. Despite the... most recent restrictions and suspensions with worker visas, Ashoori Law was able to put forth a compelling petition. Ashoori Law's internal processing systems and network of subject matter experts makes submitting a petition much easier and understandable. Highly recommended!read more
Jaco
23:58 19 Nov 20
Working with Michael and his team has been a great experience. You can see they have been doing this for years and everything is very well organized. I would highly recommend them for any immigration or visa requirements.
ujjwal luthra
18:43 13 Nov 20
I had wonderful Chat with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa. He was very kind, loyal and helpful. He is truly an asset for the firm. Looking forward to work with Ashoori Law firm. Keep it Up. Stay Blessed.Good Luck.🤝
wei zhang
21:37 10 Nov 20
I have a free consultation with Karla Samayoa. She is very nice, patient and professional. She answered all of my concerned questions. I strongly recommend her as your attorney.
Karthik Easwaran
16:47 10 Nov 20
Rohit S was very responsive!
Kemi Bamidele
18:26 05 Nov 20
Ehsan Mehri was very professional and compassionate when I spoke to him. He answered all my questions and I was so at peace after speaking to him. I absolutely recommend this law firm. They are a bunch of geniuses and they know what they are doing.
Lung Lee
05:02 29 Oct 20
Professional, kind and really helpful. I'd like to special thank to Rohit for his passion and caring.
Deepak Chandani
19:10 23 Oct 20
Michael, Lahaina and team are the best immigration lawyer firm - I wish I had them before I see the difference in service they are very responsive and professional. They got my H1B approved for three years.
Vincent Morrow
05:57 19 Oct 20
First of all, let me tell you why you should take my review seriously. I've lived in the US for almost 14 years, and I've always kept my visa status current. So, in the past 14 years, I worked with 4 immigration law firms. I've also met, exchanged... emails, and/or talked with countless other immigration attorneys and lawyers. So, I have A LOT of experience with immigration attorneys (by the way, you should also know that there is a difference between an attorney and a lawyer. You'd want an attorney if possible). And 3 out of the 4 firms who actually worked on my case(s) were excellent (that's why my visa status is still current… obviously haha). I don't want to talk about the one (out of the 4 firms) because that one was bad (thank god, he didn't end up working on my case). I only want to talk about the good ones, and in this case, it's Ashoori Law firm. And I'd like to tell you that, if you're looking for an immigration attorney and/or an immigration law firm, look no further! You have found it! You don't even need to read the rest of my review. Just go, sign the contract, and start working with them now, period!Okay, so you've decided to read further down the line? Fine. Here is why you should choose Ashoori Law. I'm a small business owner, so I know a thing or two about how a group of people get things going and get things done. And in order for something to go right, a lot of other things have to work right as well. Your dinner tastes good? The person(s) who cooked it must have done it right. And so does the farmer who helped grow the veggies you’re having now. Similarly, Ashoori Law must be doing a lot of things right because they just got my visa extended in 14 days! How great is that!?In addition, I’d really like to talk about the one attorney at Ashoori Law who worked on my case and got my visa extended. Her name is Lahaina Araneta (I also want to mention her paralegal, Daniel Chausow, who also did a great job on my visa extension. Moreover, there may be other people at Ashoori Law who helped with my case that I don’t know about). In short, Lahaina is one of the best immigration attorneys I have ever met. She is smart, thorough, resourceful, and positive. She is a genuinely good person who actually cares about immigrants and understands the hardships immigrants go through (let’s face it. The system is stacked against immigrants in every possible way, so having an excellent immigration attorney who truly cares about immigrants is crucial). She always answers my emails within 24 hours if not immediately. She is resourceful, and she has ideas. She knows how to present a case and get positive results (I mean… you may have a good case, but you still need to present it in a good way to get the result(s) you want). And like I said, if something works right, a lot of other things must be working right as well.Okay, I’ll stop here for now (I’ll update my review and write even more as time goes on). In short, just go and work with Ashoori Law. You’ll be glad that you did. Thank you!read more
eddie lavian
21:58 16 Oct 20
MR Ashoori was amazing!!help a lot with the case. Thank you
highland cell24connect
18:45 12 Oct 20
I give an excellent 5 star review to Michael Ashoori law firm and his team especially Lahaina Araneta for their excellent service for E-2 approval. The whole team is very professional and detail oriented and they provide response very promptly.... Along with being compassionate towards their clients, they provide amazing legal advice on immigration matters which helps clients get approval in quickest time possible. Hats off and highly recommend to others !!read more
Life Mizrahi
19:30 08 Oct 20
I would like to thank Michael Ashoori and his wonderful team!We had a very complicated immigration situation that he and his team were able to clear up and accomplish our goals.The price was very reasonable and The timing was excellent.Thank... you for all of the wonderful work.read more
chaya mizrahi
19:17 08 Oct 20
We had a very difficult situation with our legal immigration status and thanks to Michael and his Wonderful team they were able to fix everything within a reasonable amount of time and for a decent price.We highly recommend this team of attorneys... for all of your Immigration needs and beyond.read more
Bhavna G
21:10 29 Sep 20
Phenomenal service! Rapid response and attention to detail. The team were extremely diligent with the entire process and kept me up to date through the process! We had lots of hiccups with USCIS and CoVid causing multiple delays. I was extremely... impressed by Lahaina and her team. Right until the very end they messaged me, shared updates and provided guidance on next steps. Phenomenal service and. I’ll definitely be using them again. Thank you to the entire team at Ashoori law! I couldn’t have gotten through this process without you!!I highly recommend for all your immigration legal needs!!! Thank you so much!read more
Gene Boekhoudt
02:22 29 Sep 20
Lahaina Araneta of ASHOORI LAW was instrumental in assisting me to get my E2 Visa. The service was always on point and result driven. I was always well informed and prepared for my Interview.I highly recommend using the service of ASHOORI LAW.
Umesh Joshi
20:49 26 Sep 20
It was very nice experience and really helpful for all kind of services
Dmitry Bak
23:46 13 Sep 20
Michael helped us a lot preparing and sending all the needed documents to USCIS. We were very squeezed in time, and I even had to drive from SF to LA to deliver the originals in person, quicker than USPS or Fedex could do, to save one day. Michael... met me in his office at night time, so kind! During the entire period, Michael's team kept us informed about every single step they did, and finally we got all the needed approvals from USCIS. I highly recommend Michael, his company is a great example of how an ideal lawyer/attorney should work.read more
Freuet Solutions LLC
22:49 08 Sep 20
Mike reached out to me personally and gave a good and detail explanation of possible options to take in my case.I recommend you reach out to him with your immigration matters.
Ha Ka
17:48 02 Sep 20
I can only recommend Michael Ashoori for all your immigration needs and inquiries . Very proffessional. Thanks to Michael Ashoori and all his team. I will be back soon again!
Tarek
11:57 02 Sep 20
Started working with Michael Ashoori firm around march this year during the pandemic, but despite these difficult times they guided me step by step and they were always there when ever i had a question or clarification.Lahaina was great, very... professional immigration attorney and of very help through out all the process.She guided me all the way till i got my L1 visa approved.They have this portal system while they post in details every single document needed to ensure the success of the petition. I just had to collect all these documents, upload them on the portal and then they take it from there, they prepared everything and filled up the petition. Their job doesn’t stop here since most of the petitions gets an RFE from USCIS, so they continue by preparing whats needed and resubmit again till i got the reply that my petition was approved.Over all, Michael and his team are very professional and they really know what they are doing and they stay updated with all the recent laws and regulations going on. Highly recommendedread more
Ahmed Gaber
21:44 03 Aug 20
Good office because he offer free consultation
Vj M
03:58 14 Jul 20
Mike and his team helped me with E2. They were very patient and professional throughout the process which got significantly delayed due to Covid. The attorney assigned to me was very knowledgeable and available to advise even at a short notice.... Overall, I had a very pleasant experience and would highly recommend Ashoori Law. Looking forward to working together again in the near future.read more
Gustavo Mas
18:03 07 Jul 20
My experience with Michael is remarkable, he is very professional and has profound knowledge in immigration laws, he made me feel like I was with the right lawyer, so rest assure, if you decide to work with him, you are very likely to be successful... at your case.read more
Allen Pourkhomami
18:58 25 Jun 20
Great institutions like Ashoori law firm are made by great people, and there are no finer individuals than those who dedicated themselves to assist clients with different cases like mine. “HONEST & EMPATHETIC” are the words that come to mind when I... think of Lahaina and the rest of her amazing team! Highly professional and experienced immigration attorney who provided excellent service, demonstrating personal attention to all details of your cases. They show compassion by studying clients' stories.They certainly know the immigration process and help you fully prepare for the case and interview. They are always making sure that the whole process goes very smooth. I especially want to thank “Lahaina Araneta” attorney & Michael Ashoori. If you are a really nervous client like me, these people are always super patient and kind with you. If anyone is looking for immigration help, “Ashoori law firm” should be your very first choice for sure because they can really get things done!Working with Lahaina Araneta was absolutely great. She helped me through my entire journey without any hesitations. I always got answers whenever I had questions. I will definitely work with “HER” again on my next journey. She helped me a lot from the beginning of my case (naturalization case). She is attentive to details and very informative. She also quickly responded to my questions about my status. I can't say enough about her. I was completely dazzled by her communication skills and courage in communications with the USCIS office. I am blown away by her integrity and all the hard work she has done on my behalf. I will always be grateful for all of her efforts. Lahaina I just want to thank you for the excellent work you did as my immigration attorney. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for all the cares and concerns you have shown me, and for working tirelessly. if it weren’t for your analytical skills and knowledge, the matter wouldn’t have been settled by now. I knew you have a lot of clients, so your prompt responses and attention to detail really meant a lot to me. Having an experienced attorney like you on my side was a good sign that I was walking into the right path to win the case. Thank you Lahaina for your support during my N-400 application process, and for helping me to get the desired outcome. You don't know how much your passion impacts the lives of others.read more
Sandie Galloway
18:41 10 Jun 20
Lahaina was one of 4 lawyers that I had an Initial consult with. She was the only one who took the time to truly understand my case. She was patient with me and very responsive. The most important thing is she was the only lawyer who believed in me.... She has world class professionalism. We successfully got my visa and I couldn’t have done it without her. Will never use another law firm. Highly recommend. She truly cares about her clients and goes the extra mile.read more
Rw Right
17:39 06 Jun 20
Look no further. There are solid reasons why they get straight 5 stars in this review.They work as a (great) team and everyone is very knowledgeable and reliable. Micheal posts timely insightful topics on Youtube, in addition to answering all of... your personal questions quickly and responsively.read more
Morne Begemann
09:10 03 Jun 20
We recently needed the assistance of a law firm and due to the fact that we had limited time available to submit our application, many of the law firms that we contacted were not able to assist us. We then came in contact with Michael from Ashoori... Law. Not only did they assist us with our application, they also provided us with efficient, professional service. They really went out of their way to make sure that we meet the deadline and provided us with regular updates on the process. What a wonderful and stress free experience! I would definitely recommend Ashoori Law’s services to any potential clients.read more
larajnjkn essatrtc
00:03 16 May 20
Very helpful expert in immigration he help me out in temporary passporthighly recommended
Jackson Lee
02:08 15 May 20
Ashoori and Lahaina are very professional and detail. They responded to my questions with terms that I can understand without any hidden agenda.I wish I hired them when I first applying my E2. They are the lowest in fees and most professional... immigration lawyer that I had encounter. We go through all the process through phone and email without meeting in person and I got my E2 renewal approved.Way better then any immigration lawyer that I had meet in person in NYC.Will definitely stick with them and recommend them to all my friends and family.read more
Paula T. Lança de Lima
19:27 08 May 20
Michael was amazing!! He gave his full support all the way through with my process and he would always update me and guide me when necessary. Extremely satisfied with his work. (real client)
persia falcon
21:00 05 May 20
Michael and his team were experienced, responsive, knowledgeable, and honest. I would recommend them to my friends.
Vergel Cornelio
02:15 02 May 20
Michael's law firm is compose of professionals who are working more than the sake of their clients. They care on their clients with their situation and help without limitation. They attend to all questions timely and return with immediate solutions... to secure all will be resolved and all worries were eased. I highly recommend and refer this firm to all related US re-entry and immigration concerns.read more
Brandon Kim
09:17 01 May 20
Utilizing the services of Ashoori Law has been a pleasure and an outstanding experience. I highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone who needs immigration assistance. With the help of Ashoori Law my spouse and I were able to get our immigration... documents seamlessly and without no issues. Ashoori Law is very customer oriented and from Day 1 is always available for you if you have any questions or concerns. Going forward, my spouse and I definitely plan to use Ashoori Law for future immigration services.read more
Divina Chingcuanco
01:33 29 Apr 20
Michael Ashoori is reliable and responds to inquiries with very short waiting time. His law firm handled my travel document efficiently even if it was within a very narrow window. He has kindly mailed my travel document in the most expeditious way... possible. I will definitely engage his services again if I need this type of legal service.read more
Jerome Berniere
00:04 25 Apr 20
Michael and his team are great! I had them recommended to me by my community who used them. Starting from an initial consultation, to working on the paperwork, to submitting to USCIS, everything as been smooth without any issue. In addition, they... answered all the question we had - SUPER fast - or whenever we called them they were very responsive.read more
Richard Norton
03:17 24 Apr 20
I recently employed the services of Michael Ashoori and Ashoori Law to help with the lodging of a Re Entry Visa for my wife and myself. I am delighted with the result and the expediency with which Asoori Law handled our application.We now have... approval of our visas and couldn't be happier. One of the stand out aspects of dealing with Ashoori was the fact that I could tel or email Michael at any-time and would always receive a prompt response by return email. This personal connection with the company during the process made me feel I was dealing with a friend and that I could reach out to at any time I had a question, rather than being treated as another client. I can in all confidence recommend Ashoori Law for Immigration matters due to this wonderful experience and the way my application was handled. Sincerely. Richard and Judy Norton.read more
Beth Jinks
22:17 23 Apr 20
Ashoori Law handled my green card travel document renewal application professionally and got results faster than I anticipated. Their preliminary phone advice saved my family from unnecessary Transpacific travel, and their subsequent paperwork... management and guidance made the process much less daunting. Ashoori understand the nuances of a changing USA immigration system, and I highly recommend retaining them to navigate it with you. I've tackled similar paperwork alone before, but after this experience I'll be working with Ashoori again in the future.read more
Kuldeep Kaur
17:42 10 Apr 20
I had question about eb1 process and my alternatives to stay along with priority date timelines ie options to move over to another visa type like h1, to continue waiting for green card processing, all of my questions are very well taken by the... immigration consultant ( Karla Samayoa) , she has very strong hold on the processes and options available to candidates, i would certainly recommend her for immigration consulting on l1a visa and eb1 visa and green card application. I give her 5 startsThank youread more
Hansel Gonzalez
13:56 09 Apr 20
I reached out to Ashoori Law in order to obtain my US Re-Entry permit late last year. The whole team was friendly, knowledgeable and prompt to my many questions. Michael himself would answer any questions along the way after submission, which... assured me my case was important and on their radar. Having worked with various immigration lawyers in various countries I’ve worked at (6, so far), I know that is not always the case. I recommend to consider Ashoori Law for your US immigration needs, and I expect to reach out to them whenever I next need services in regards to US immigration.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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