H-1B获批,但境内转换身份却被拒?

September 11, 2019

近期,美国移民局发布的2019年前三季度数据中显示,几类需雇主赞助的非移民类签证的RFE概率和拒绝率仍在持续升高。从H-1B签证的数据来看,2019财年的前三季度总体批准率为83.9%。虽然与2018财年前三季度的批准率相当,但与2017财年同期相比下降近10% 。

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 (数据来源于美国移民局官方)

 

H-1B批准率降低的同时,RFE的概率相应升高。2019财年前三个季度的H-1B RFE率为39.6%,略高于2018财年同期的比率,但该比率几乎是2017财年同期的两倍。RFE后获得批准的概率比2017财年同期下降了11%以上,比2015财年下降了20%以上。

 

在如此的审核形式下,我所依旧保持着H-1B高批准率,陆续收到多则H-1B直接获批或在RFE后成功获批的好消息。成功故事已经和大家陆续做了分享,比如因职位专业性,或公司特殊商业模式遭到RFE但在回复后成功获批的案例。今天要分享给大家的是我们近期接触到的一种“另类”成功故事:H-1B获批,但境内转换身份(Change of Status)却被拒的情况。

 

I-129申请表中包含两大部分的申请,一是H-1B身份的申请,另一是境内转换身份的申请。对于第一次递交H-1B申请的申请人来说,律师都要为其勾选是否进行境内转换身份的选项。大多数申请人,为了能够实现从F-1到H-1B身份的自动转换,会选择在申请H-1B的同时,选择在境内转换身份。而今年,我们发现移民局对境内转换身份申请的部分,也就是对申请人过往合法身份维持的审查格外严格。这一严格审核具体体现在例如申请人是否使用了超过规定的CPT或OPT工作许可,或申请人在递交申请后出境的情况。于是,也就出现了申请人H-1B获批,但境内转换身份申请被拒的情况。

 

在这种情况下申请人必须在合理的时间段内出境,通过美国使领馆进行面签获得H-1B签证,再持有效签证等回到美国为雇主工作。

 

如果申请人对于出境面签流程有疑问,或对于面签准备无从下手,欢迎点击此处与专业律师预约咨询!

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