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.

Sikander Zullu
18:10 17 Jan 22
Hi my nam is Sikander zullu
heidi moghaddam
05:53 17 Jan 22
Rohit Srinivasa, has been a great consultant for me, very responsive, patient, knowledgeable, to the point and professional. I have a complicated situation and been looking into different scenarios, and Rohit has been with me along the way,... clarifying each of the routes via email.Thank you Rohit & Thank you Ashoori firm for making free consult available to all prospect clients. Is very time saving on both ends, educating the clients before they start their case. .read more
Richelle Mendoza
00:10 15 Jan 22
We never expected for the paper work process to be so soon.We are very suprise to heard that USCIS have shedule our interview early next Month.Thank you for ashoori Law office for being so professional and help us for short cuircuit the USCIS... paper proccessing. We are glad that we made the right decission for selecting Ashoori Law. We are are very happy with bthe outcome.We are highly recomend Ashoori Law for future Clients.RICHELLE MARTINEZread more
Lisa Wilson
21:49 11 Jan 22
Ashoori Law, what can I say went ABOVE and BEYOND to help us with our K1 Visa and getting my wife her Green Card. Before Ashoori Law, we were stuck trying to figure out how to do the process ourselves only to waste money and energy while getting... nowhere. After consulting with a previous Lawyer, she told us everything we needed to do for the process. When we were finally ready, she then started working for Ashoori Law, and we were excited to get started with the firm. Ashoori makes sure you are well informed every step of the way, and exceeds your expectations on what to expect throughout everything. The case is so well organized and structured, and the CUSTOMER SERVICE is TOP NOTCH!! To be honest, it doesn’t feel like you’re just paying for a service, it really feels like everyone there is rooting for you in your case. I can’t recommend them enough. They were more than wonderful and there’s not enough thank you’s that can be given to such a wonderful group of people.read more
Angus Benfield
00:12 08 Jan 22
Ashoori Law provided such great service, they were very responsive to all questions, fast, great value and have a streamlined modern process which was really easy to use. As with anyone who is in the position of immigrating to the US knows, it can... be a intimidating process, but Ashoori Law make sure that you never feel in over your head. I was impressed at how much Lahaina Araneta, Esq, understood my case (EB1 Green Card) and not only did Lahaina to help with any questions along the way, several assistants were always available to cover anything else needed.I could not have asked for anything more and am very grateful to Ashoori Law for their guidance through this process. I would recommended Ashoori Law to to anyone seeking representation for any and all Immigration matters. It is easy to see why they have such a high rating!read more
Michele Bevilacqua
23:13 06 Jan 22
What a great Team, Ashoori Law is the best immigration firm ever, always super fast responsive ,From Mr Micheal to Lahaina, Kelly, Matthew, Vaneskha, Milena, if you need some help they can respond back quickly day and night .I just get my Green... Card confirmation. Thank you Thank you Thank you guys for your amazing job, Very high recommended if i need to choose a immigration firm of course 1000 times Ashoory Law. See you guys for my naturalization process grazie cheersread more
ALBA CRISTINA RENGEL RIVAS
03:47 30 Dec 21
Ashoori Law is an excellent law firm. They helped me get my Re-entry Permit. Michael and his team are very professional, helpful, and responsive. The responded my emails (questions and concerns) all the times and they kept me up to date on... everything. I highly recommend this law firm. Thank you so much!read more
Harry Duggal
20:02 21 Dec 21
We have been working with Michael Ashoori and his team for almost a year now and appreciate everything they have done. They are quick to respond back with all our questions. They update us quickly with new information. They have made the whole... process easy and less stressful for us. Highly recommended!read more
Amit Pardasani
20:00 20 Dec 21
Amazing ExperienceAshoori Law firm is a fantastic law firm , they have a great team , especially Micheal , James & Lahaina who helped me in my case and answered and my questions patiently.I would highly recommend Ashoori Law firm
Meg Clohessey
23:41 14 Dec 21
I found Ashoori Law in TIKTOK. I watched and followed Atty. Michael and we decided to seek counsel and assistance for green card application thru Marriage. My husband and I are satisfied with their job. Starting from gathering documents towards... receiving my card. I trusted them because they absolutely know how USCIS operates. I told my family and friends to watched his tiktok/youtube videos and not hesitate to set an appointment because they have a friendly and helpful staff. More Power to you Ashoori Law!!!read more
Sejin Kim
17:21 14 Dec 21
Everyone at Ashoori Law was very thorough and was able to answer all questions I had for my unique situation. I was able to really trust them with their level of expertise and experience. From the initial consultation and throughout the process of... gathering everything needed for the application, everything was simplified as much as possible and they held my hand all the way to make sure my case is taken care of with no issues, even though we were in different time zones. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anybody for immigration. Thank you so much Ashhoori Law!read more
Ousseynou Barry
23:15 13 Dec 21
My name is Ousseynou Barry, and I have lived in the U.S. since 2018. I am a permanent resident and am of the clients of Ashoori Law. I would like to share a comment to that extraordinary office and to fantastic employers who make my case approved... in less than 6 months. I strongly recommend to all immigrants who wish to get their family in the U.S. to come to Ashoori Law because of their competence and ability to treat cases with brilliance. I am so grateful for all of them who make possible my dream which is to get my family in the U.S.read more
Yousuf Dadi
22:41 13 Dec 21
The best lawyer ever!!! Mishael Ashoori is best choice. I recommend him as the best immigration lawyer I am happy with the service and the outcome.Efficient ,timely ,informative and friendly service his firm provides is impressive Highly recommend... .Micheal is wonderful attorney and his team respond me immediately when i need their help, I appreciate all that they have done for me.your consideration, guidance ,help and time. I appreciate Lahaina Araneta and James blunt for working on my case .read more
Tal Dror
23:20 10 Dec 21
I had a pretty complex situation after I messed up my first re-entry permit application and needed some professional help to sort things out and re-apply. I couldn't find a better firm to work with. Everyone - starting from the free consultation, to... the awesome attorneys and the superb paralegal team were absolutely amazing! Super nice, responsive, and professional. I got all my questions promptly answered, even on more general topics that didn't directly concern the application. Oh, and the fees are super reasonable too! I just got my application approved a few days ago thanks to them. Look no further, just go with Ashoori Law, satisfaction guaranteed.read more
ladan tabar
19:45 09 Dec 21
It has been a great pleasure working with Ashoori law. They have been very professional and took care of me like a family. I highly recommend them to anyone needing immigration help.
jimmy garcia
18:08 09 Dec 21
At Michael Ashoori office they helped me to get my re-entry permit, they are very professional responsable, they take good care of people, i recomend them 100%
Clarina He
01:25 07 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been so helpful, attentive, and empathetic when it has come to helping my fianceé and I apply for a US visa! I couldn't ask for a more thoughtful team and we are so grateful we get to embark on this journey with Ashoori... law!read more
Nicole Baca
23:21 03 Dec 21
The team at Ashoori law has been from the beginning very responsive...most of the time responding to emails within minutes! Also very professional and knowledgeable. I can't recommend them enough. Thank you all for providing a great service.
Simone Malferrari
01:48 03 Dec 21
I personally had to change my status from the student vis (F-1)to E2,the Ashoori team walked me step by step through the process and was always available to answer my questions through phone calls and emails.Throughout the process I always felt I... could rely on their expertise and that the steps they were taking were in my best interest to achieve my goal of creating a business here in the US and be able to operate it in the best possible way.I absolutely recommend the Ashoori team!read more
Algirdas Laurinavicius
14:46 02 Dec 21
Thanks a lot Michael Ashoori. Everything went so smoothly and super fast. We are glad that we choose You. Definitely recommending to all our friends.
David Ham
04:56 23 Nov 21
Ashoori law is a Fantastic law firm, as soon as I signed on they got to work right away and they got our E2 approved in a timely matter and everything went very smoothly. Anytime I had questions they had the answer. I felt our case was in good... hands. The team is very responsive and knowledgeable, and they work hard to keep up to date with all the latest changes in immigration law. Highly recommend.read more
Raghavan VS
03:55 23 Nov 21
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law, they were able to assist with my case professionally and get the approval with out back and forth queries in first goThank you !
Alain Nangha
02:29 23 Nov 21
I don't like to write reviews because my English is poor but for Ashoori Law I have to.I have hired lawyers before but I surprise for the professionalism of Ashoori Team.After the consultation I did with Michael Ashoori I realized the knowledge of... the law , I hired him and just received 2 days ago 4 approvals letters from immigration for my kids.Thank you Michael Ashoori good job.read more
Peppe Öhman
15:01 20 Nov 21
Me and my husband immediately knew Ashoori Law was the law firm we wanted to help us with our green card application. The approach of this firm is friendly and professional. All our inquiries were answered rapidly and we felt very secure in out... journey to permanent residency.read more
Mohamed Zaghloul
02:39 20 Nov 21
I would like to thank Ashoori Law team for their great service. I highly recommend them, I had an excellent experience with this superb team. They are very attentive, responsive, friendly and professional. They provide outstanding service with... reasonable fees. Also, I follow Ashoori on TikTok and I learned a lot. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!read more
Nigma Talib
22:35 17 Nov 21
Excellent service
Simon Holland
00:24 10 Nov 21
Had a great experience with the team from Ashoori Law from start to finish.
Kritika Shah
22:41 09 Nov 21
I had a very good experience with this law firm. I will definitely recommend this to my friends.
Akolom Gebreamlak
03:45 09 Nov 21
Friend of mine recommended for Ashoori law firm for my spouse adjust status application.All team members at Ahoori law firm are responsive and professional. My spouse application approved with their help. I recommend ashoori law firm anyone who... want apply any immigration application.read more
Winta Alem
18:29 08 Nov 21
Ashoori Law team went out of there way to show us they cared and give us the best service. So far Because of them my green card application process is going very well. I really recommend to anyone who is looking immigration process advice.
Heena Saini
18:11 08 Nov 21
They are very professional. I got my EAD card with the help of Michael on time. His team is really responsive and hard working. I was really worried about my application. But they made my life easier. Thank you. Highly recommended if anyone wants to... apply for adjustment of status.read more
Mohamed Gharib
17:52 08 Nov 21
I had the chance to work Ashoori Law office and team. They were able to help with my case in a very professional and efficient way. very grateful for their help.
Fazel Roustaei
06:04 07 Nov 21
Thank you Michael Ashoori to you and your team for your continued help with my adjustment of status application! I highly recommend Ashoori Law to any who need a great friendly team. Always honest and highly efficient and helpful. Definitely great... customer service and professionalism. Very precise, orderly and organized with a great platform to get the documents in. Thank you all again for your invaluable help!read more
Rahul Nair
21:16 06 Nov 21
Had an excellent experience dealing with Ashoori Law! Michael and the team made everything seamless + efficient without lots of back and forth. Thank you!
Peter lazarczyk
11:33 05 Nov 21
Ashoori law was available to answer any question or deal with any issues that came up. Their expertice in the process was a obvious and their knowledge of the system will achive your goals faster.
A A
03:20 05 Nov 21
Very good immigration lawyer and prompt services, highly recommended. I always love reading their newsletters and emails which have relevant info and helpful services. Definitely my go to immi team state side. Big ups Ashoori Team✊🙏 -... Anand ALread more
Flawless Stone
00:49 05 Nov 21
From the comments, I am giving 5 stars 🌟 ⭐🌟⭐🌟
Aida Walker
23:55 04 Nov 21
Thank you Ashoori Law! I got my reentry permit thanks to you.
Anthony Depatie
18:02 03 Nov 21
Ashoori Law were great, responsive, and attentive partners. Their intake and case management technology also made the process as seamless as immigration proceedings can be.
Van thang
01:19 30 Oct 21
They quick respond
Vw
18:17 28 Oct 21
Micheal and his team were extremely professional and responsive right from the get go as they walked us through the entire immigration process and handled everything in a timely manner. The most impressive thing was all the paperwork and... documentation was handled through their cloud platform which brought transparency and clarity to the whole process.read more
Bar B
18:43 27 Oct 21
Ashoori law has assisted and keeps assisting me in a proffessional manner ever since I first aproached them. To me, immigrations matters can be very complex and cause great distress, however my many questions and concerns are always addressed in a... timely manner. I have a few immigrations issues and having such a dedicated team backing me puts my mind at ease.read more
Travis Martin
03:10 26 Oct 21
Thank you!
Matt Grayson
17:52 25 Oct 21
I am greatly satisfied with the services provided by this law firm (marriage based green card). The responsiveness and accuracy of provided information exceeded my expectations. Thank you for your help.
Edmund Yang
01:29 21 Oct 21
Mr. Michael Ashoori. Thank you for your help. If I need any immigration service, I will definitely work with you. Your law firm and every staff member of your firm is professional and helpful. Your employees even helped solve some unrelated issues.... Highly recommend to your future clients.read more
Aman Ahuja
19:27 20 Oct 21
I had the most wonderful experience working with Ashoori firm. Michael and team are super helpful and extremely knowledgeable people in the market right now. They deliver what they promise and are with you throughout the journey. Best part is... YouTube videos from Michael which helps us in keeping posted with latest news from USCIS.read more
Raveena Mathur
20:44 14 Oct 21
Ashoori Law is amazing! We collaborated with Jesser and I only have great things to share about the experience . Extremely accountable, humble and responsive work by him. Whole immigration process is hard but having him by our side was such a... blessing. Those difficult times with no answers, were made easier by Jesser. Would highly recommend:)read more
Ahmed Mohamed
02:37 14 Oct 21
I highly recommend Ashoori Law and the team that works there. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. I will certainly continue to use their service.
Annette llanera
17:35 12 Oct 21
I like Ashoori law office because they are very good. They helped me with my papers to get my permanent residence card .All the staff were professional and responsible. Ashoori law office is very trustworthy and I highly recommend... this to my friends. A million thanks to all the staff and most of all to Michael Ashoori .God bless us..read more
Mufakhar Raza
19:46 11 Oct 21
They've been really helpful. Responded to all my questions and everything went really smooth so far. Strongly recommended!
Amit Patil
14:55 11 Oct 21
I am very happy with the service provided by Ashoori Law firm. I have processed my green card and employment authorization card from Ashoor Law. They are very professional and responsive.Throughout in my green card process Ashoori Law is very... cooperative, knowledgeable and supportive in the process. I really recommend Ashoori Law firm for the immigration law services.read more
Alannah Paul
18:12 10 Oct 21
Great experience with Ashoori Law. Very straight forward process and additional guidance provided when we needed it. Took me 5 months from application to interview for a spousal green card. Very pleased with the service and outcome!
Rijo Joy Kattukaran
16:51 10 Oct 21
My experience so far with Ashoori Law has been awesome. I was in a hurry as it was years of waiting, and then the turn came up quickly, I had to act fast, am very glad I made the decision to choose Ashoori Law. Right from the initial request for a... consultation, the entire team was very responsive, attentive, prompt, detailed oriented. They were very transparent, with their fees (which is very reasonable) and clear. Especially during this pandemic made it as much as they could easier for me through virtual online submissions as much as possible. Ashoori Law exhibited had prepared documentation which was very easy to fill in and complete. Special mention to Lahaina Araneta, who helped me with all my queries and I hardly had to wait more than a day for all those to be answered. Though my journey is still not yet complete, would use Ashoori Law for any of my future needs and also would recommend them for all who is looking for immigration needs. Again a big note of thanks for all your help.read more
ALI ALNASAR
21:26 08 Oct 21
They are quick to respond and answer any questions I have. The staff was friendly, helpful, and easy to understand. This is the most professional office I had dealt with!
Seann Farrell
01:36 08 Oct 21
Citizenship acquired from beginning to end in under 10 months. Professionally prepared paperwork, documentation easy to submit online, very pleased with the outcome. Without the professional services of Ashoori Law there's a good chance delays and... issues could have occurred. I recommend Ashoori if peace of mind is your goal.read more
Juliana Chen
21:30 04 Oct 21
My experience with Ashoori Law was excellent. The teams were very attentive, always there to help with any of my questions. Always quick to respond and deal with any of my concerns. They are very knowledgeable and professional. I couldn’t be more... pleased with the services that they provided to me. I would highly recommend Ashoori Law to anyone with legal needs.read more
amit singh
16:04 04 Oct 21
I had a consultation with Rohit today. He patiently listened to my case and questions and provided satisfactory responses to all. I am happy with the discussion. I may end up taking a paid consultation for more details. I would recommend them to... others as well. Thanks Rohit!read more
Ashish sinha
00:27 02 Oct 21
I reached Michel to get help on i765(L2 EAD) expedite request. He explained me the chances are slim yet filed the request on my behalf.They are just a message away and revert phone calls anytime. They try to explain every bit of your... case.Despite of my expedite request having a low chance of approval, I am glad that my case was picked it's all because Michel and his team prepared my case so well that I got the expedited request approved.I am so happy, kudos to Michel, venshkha, jaser.Ashish Sinharead more
Dina Ibrahem
22:56 01 Oct 21
I've been dealing with them for a year now, they helped me a lot, very professional and friendly! I am always comfortable taking their advices and consult them through my case and they never let me down. and most importantly is that they are very... humble and available literally any time i needed an advice or if I have any concerns.I also LOVE that they email me before any important appointment I would have, making sure that I receive the mails and always sending me soft copies just in case which is GREAT and they constantly keep reminding all the way till my appointment comes. I am still a client with them and very happy, Thanks to Vaneskha Wilson, Jeser Romero, Lahaina Araneta, Milena Manukyan, Elaine Leduna , Karla Samayoa and of course Michael Ashoori.read more
Sach Gill
19:39 30 Sep 21
Had a chat with Rohit Srinivasa. He is informative and possess good knowledge about the immigration related matters. Highly recommended.
Aniruddha Ghosh
16:53 30 Sep 21
Talked to Rohit Srinivasa from Ashoori Law. He is incredibly knowledgable about US immigration laws and is quite freindly. Highly recommended if you are a student on F-1 (OPT, STEM) or are looking to file H-1B.
Kristina Karalic
18:56 29 Sep 21
We accidentally found Ashoori Law online, but we're so happy we did because they have been nothing but outstanding! Ashoori Team has been helping us with multiple cases, including B, L visas and green cards. Their portal is very user friendly, and... their staff is always responsive, caring and detailed. I'd like to give a special shout-out to their Director of Legal Operations, Lahaina Araneta, who has been an absolute delight to work with. I am highly recommending Ashoori Law to anyone seeking immigration services!read more
Zulfa Sultana
18:18 29 Sep 21
I am glad I chose them. Above everything, they are friendly and work closely with you. Owner of the law firm himself is available to talk if needed. Highly recommending them.
Joao Castro
00:31 29 Sep 21
Michael and his team deserve more than a five star rating. I hired Mike already based on a recommendation from a friend of mine, who also requested his services. My friend gave him five star as well, and this could simply not be different.Since my... first contact with Michael, I've perceived his solid ethical principles, responsive professionalism and personal attention to all details in US immigration complex process. In my case, he was key for me to obtain I-131 permits for three Green Cards - and the documents were shipped after just six weeks after the process initiation. In another process, he has been immediately responsive to replace Green Cards. And all my contacts were online - which is a testimony of his great online reputation.If you are looking for US Immigration lawyer assistance for true delivery, great value and avoid risks and potential problems, the answer is Michael Ashoori Law, with his fantastic team, that really and personally takes care of your immigration needs.JCread more
Ahmad Jawid
01:45 28 Sep 21
Ashoori Law, Michael and his team are very professional , helpful and great people for their clients . i am very glad that i had Ashoori Law team for my paperworks . I recommend everyone Ashoori Law especially for Immigration purposes ask for... Michael .read more
Ariel 0054 Realty
01:43 28 Sep 21
Extremely professional teamWithout any doubt, they can handle with knowledge and expertise any caseYou are in good hands with them
Mittal Patel
20:29 27 Sep 21
Have worked with many immigration Lawyers. Ashoori law was very affordable and got back to me in timely manner. Made sure I was on time with my fillings and that we responded to our RFE with adequate info. Lahaina is one of their E2 lawyers and was... expert with these kinds of cases. Will hire them again for renewals.read more
Pragalath Mohandas
20:30 25 Sep 21
Amazing experience. Ashoori Law firm gave me hope and prepared a strong case & I got my E2 case approved in one week. I spoke to other immigration lawyers & i was not satisfied. its easy to communicate with everyone! I highly recommend them to... anyone looking to get immigration help!read more
bhakti savai
12:26 21 Sep 21
I had great experience with Ashoori Law. Professional, knowledgeable, responsive, client-centric, and timely! Highly recommended!
William & Heather Oon
01:17 20 Sep 21
We are grateful and thankful to Ashoori Law and its team. They are very understanding, patient, responsive with all our enquiries and prompt in providing updates to our status. We highly recommended their service.
Kaushik Kuila
19:43 17 Sep 21
I have used Michael Ashoori's Law Firm for my mother's Green Card processing. I have found them very professional and responsive along the way, answering all my queries in a timely manner. I'll readily use them for any immigrations needs in future.
Hyunwook Shin
07:45 10 Sep 21
Michael Ashoori and his firm helped us navigate the complex filing process, answer any questions we have with care, and eventually attain successful approvals. Highly recommended!
Sharon Shanaya
21:53 05 Sep 21
My case was a bit complicated due to my ex-husband and his family but this firm dealt with my I-485 case so nicely and professionally. I was given only 2 weeks to lodge my application due to my messy divorce. This firm made sure my case was filed... before my conditional green card expires. Got my green card in 5 months even during this Covid time when everything takes ages to process. I Will recommend them to anyone who is having difficulty with immigration. Absolutely the best. Don't waste ur time with other attorneys.read more
H. George
02:10 01 Sep 21
Very professional, they have a very good system to prepare your case and make proper follow ups.My case was a little bit complicated and other places they were taking advantage trying to charge me a lots of money but Michael never did... that.Recommending 100% best lawyer ever.read more
Linda Bradley
06:06 25 Aug 21
Very happy with your services 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
jarka sakacova
01:08 24 Jul 21
I have a very pleasant experience with Rohit from Ashoori Law , he was very patient, professional and had a strong knowledge and answered all my questions in detail. I would recommend highly to use Ashoori Law service.
samah elwakkad
15:36 23 Jul 21
I would like to thank Ahoori law office and all the team who was helping us to obtain our L1A approvalThis office Law is truly dedicated to clients, very responsive and professional, they helped me get through so many obstacles.Can't thank them... enough for their effortsIt's really amazing how they guide their clients until they achieve their goals.Thank you Michael for the amazing dedicated team and a special thanks for Lahaina who is really an amazing person and very knowledgeable and really helpful and supportive, also Christina who has helped me a lot through this.You're the best guysKeep it upread more
raechel schofield
22:07 22 Jul 21
Highly recommend Ashoori Law. My adjustment of status was a smooth and easy process. They are always happy to answer any questions you may have along the way.
Kishore Kumar
21:13 22 Jul 21
I highly recommend Michael and his legal team for being thorough professionals. I worked with Lahaina Araneta and Kelly Raposa. Both are so helpful. They made my adjustment of status to register permanent residence a smooth and seamless process. I... definitely recommend their service !read more
Manoj Gunawardena
13:46 22 Jul 21
My experience with Ashoori Law is very good, all of my questions were quickly answered and clearly. The staff was qualified, friendly. Specially I worked with Mr. Rohit Srinivasa . I can highly recommend them.
Mohammad Ahraz Hussain
19:55 20 Jul 21
The whole process of evaluating the case, submission of RFE and then correspondence was extremely well done!
Zed Karkar
15:06 20 Jul 21
A Very helpful and professional law firm. helped us out with our application.
Inger Nicolaisen
14:57 15 Jul 21
Michael Ashoori’s professionalism and expertise is unmatched in the industry! My experience with Ashoori Law is very positive, all of my questions were quickly answered making my adjustment of status a very smooth process. The staff was... unbelievably friendly and ensured the best amount of care was taken with my case! I can’t recommend them enough!!read more
Sadaf Nadeem
00:42 09 Jul 21
I highly recommend Micheal and his legal team for being thorough professionals. Their knowledge and expertise are second to none and their work ethic is unmatched.
kvshirazi
18:28 08 Jul 21
I had a great experience with Ashoori Law. Lahaina, Michael and Ehsan helped me to get my TN visa approved in no time.Lahaina is very responsive. Being able to reach out and talk to your lawyer/attorney is exactly what you need when you apply for... your visa...I definitely recommend them for any immigration services.read more
Next Reviews
js_loader
Michael Ashoori Headshot

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.

Got a question? Send me an email.