NRI’s life made easier with real experience about passport renewal, visas, power of attorney and other topics.

Cost of sending iphone to India from USA

iPhone to India from USA – Custom Duty, Shipping Cost of sending

 16 Aug, 18 

Sending phone from USA to India is expensive than buying in India. Indian Buyer pays the Custom duty and GST tax, at very high rate of 34%. Marking as Gift does not evade custom duty. USPS Global delivery is cheapest. Carrying by hand and not declaring at Indian airport custom can help you evade duty but not safe.

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i140 H1B extension or transfer after 6 years

i140 H1B extension or transfer after 6 years

 16 Aug, 18 

i140 h1b extension after 6 years in 3 year chunks possible with current or new employer. USCIS allows H1B transfer to new employer with approved i-140 from previous employer. H1B Extension after 6 years without i-140 is possible for 7th year if PERM is pending for 365+ (including Audit) days.

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H4 EAD News - DHS planning to revoke work permits

H4 EAD News 2018 DHS – USCIS Plan Withdrawal

 16 Aug, 18 

USCIS H4 EAD renewal RFE if filed before 120 days of expiry. Officially 180 is allowed. DHS told Federal court about final stages of H4 EAD withdrawal rule. Current H4 EAD will be valid with new ones stopped.

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Green Card Process with Employer Sponsorship

 15 Aug, 18 

Green card process has 3 main steps: PERM, I140 and I485. Minimum processing time is about 2 years and max is defined by your country's queue. India & china have long waiting time. Premium processing available for I-140 applications and allows 3 year H1B extensions and H4-EAD. Skill letter needed for PERM Audit.

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Renew Indian passport in USA - Step by step process with my own experience

Renew Indian passport in USA with CKGS by post

 15 Aug, 18 

Indian passport renewal in USA with CKGS. Required documents list, steps to fill forms including NRI online application. Processing time 1-4 weeks. Total 3 photos. Indian address proof required only if printed on new passport. Fees and shipping paid online directly to CKGS. No police verification done.

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H1B can be denied without RFE after USCIS policy change

H1B Extension denial without RFE starting 9/11 – USCIS changes policy

 14 Aug, 18 

H1B Extension can be denied without RFE with USCIS policy change, if initial application is missing important documents, client letter to prove eligibility.