Immigration Issues/H1B1 to Green Card

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Hi Ajay,
I am a Singaporean and currently on a H1B1 Visa Status.  I would like to find out if I self-petitioned for a green card (with 3 dependents):
a) will my current H1B-1 status forbids me to apply for green card?

b) If yes, does it mean that I have to apply for a traditional H1B visa?  What's the difficulty and cost?

c) Can I start to apply for green-card now through an attorney, like you, and what's the estimated cost and time (for Singaporean)?  

Thanks,
Bryan

Answer
Hi,

The regular method of sponsorship through employment is initiated with the filing of an application for alien employment certification (also known as PERM) by your employer as per http://h1b1.com/laborcert.htm

Self-petitioning through either employment-based first preference category (EB-1), or through the second preference category with National Interest Waiver (NIW), is a very arduous process for which very few are truly qualified: http://h1b1.com/EB1.htm

Moreover, the H1B1 category (as opposed to H1B visa category) does not allow for intention to immigrate to the U.S. and therefore you should not self-petition until you change your status to H1B. Please speak with your employer about its willingness to support you by filing an H1B petition.

You may contact our law firm at info@h1b1.com for issues such as cost of legal services.

Regards,
Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
www.H1B1.com

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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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