In a previous article, the impacts of the suspension of premium processing for H-1B were discussed. In short, what happens is that people can get their approval after their status ended, even though they applied right when the application period for extensions started. This poses issues for both the employees, as well as for the company that hired them via immigration advertising. This article will go over what the company should do to deal with this issue.
Start the Extension As Soon As Possible
It’s a good idea to start gathering all documentation for the extension 7-8 months before the expiration date rolls around. This ensures that the documents will be all in one place, checked to see that they are the right ones and ready to be sent right on the first day when applying for extension is possible. Doing so makes it more likely that the petition will get approved in due time. Even if this doesn’t happen, it will at least shorten the time between when the expiration date is and when the extension gets approved.
Plan for a Travelling Gap
When planning for an extension in the status of an employee the company recruited via immigration advertising, they should make sure that they plan for a period in which the employee will not be able to travel. This is quite likely to happen, which is why one should be sure to plan for it. As such, one should not schedule meeting, client visits or conferences during this time, if that is possible. If meetings with clients have to happen, one should be sure that they are held at their site or on Skype. If domestic travel will be needed, one should be sure to arrange other types transportation besides driving.
H-1B Change of Employer
Employers who have placed immigration advertising and want to bring employees that are currently working for another US company over to them should make sure to create application processes that are as carefully created as possible. For that, it could be a good idea to get professional help, since this is a good way to avoid unnecessary risks.
Taking a few steps to overcome the difficulties raised by the suspension of premium processing is a great idea, as it will allow a company to continue carrying its business with as few issues as possible. This does involve doing things ahead of time and planning for travel to happen only after the individual has received their approval.