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  1. You'll probably get the interview scheduled before August. It takes 2-4 months, roughly, from the date of filing. (I wouldn't plan on traveling before the interview if I were in your position, but I'm very risk averse when it comes to USCIS.) The interview notice should appear in your account a month or more before the interview date. So if you're traveling for only a month, and in September, it's not totally unreasonable to go ahead with buying the tickets. Just monitor the account on daily basis when abroad. (For me that would spoil the trip completely, but again, that's me.)
  2. That's the date when they scheduled it. It'll happen in a month from now.
  3. No problem at all. You weren't even aware of the merger when you were filing. If the Company B is the name of your employer at the time of the interview, simply add it as the current employer.
  4. Yes, I was way past 26 when I filed I-485. Prior to that I had maintained a non-immigrant status. Thanks for the reassurance!
  5. Hi All, I have just received the N-400 interview letter. It’s asking me to: You MUST BRING the following with you to the interview: This letter. Your Alien Registration Card ("green card"). Any evidence of Selective Service Registration. Your passport and/or any other documents you used in connection with any entries into the United States. Those items noted below which are applicable to you: Is 3. normally stated in these letters? I was on non-immigrant visas (F1) during the period when I was eligible for the Selective Service. I never had to register for it. Thank you!
  6. You don't have to file taxes till April 18th (this year) so you don't owe any money to the IRS nor have you missed any tax filings. Do bring the 2022 tax return just in case they ask, although you're not required to have filed this year's taxes just yet.
  7. Submit the statement of zero balance and, if possible, the statement showing that the refund was used to pay the previous balance. Also submit an addendum explaining that the payment arrangement no longer applies because you no longer owe money.
  8. These are quite realistic cases actually. You need to show that your field is in national interest (that's pretty broadly understood). The publications and citations are key (for science/tech). The minimum is set pretty low but few attorneys will take your case with a bare minimum. You have to show that other researchers have applied your work, that their projects were influenced by your publications. The attorneys will ask you to select several top citations from your papers and demonstrate how each citation has advanced the work of those who cited you. Lastly you need to convince the government that you will be able to apply your extraordinary ability to your future endeavors. For arts, humanities, sports, etc, the expectations are somewhat different (although the same broad criteria apply). If you're in tech/science, you need publications. I can't think of a case where the applicant had none. The attorneys (recommended above) can quickly review your case, for free. They'll let you know if you have any options other than the above. My colleague's case was not accepted by the attorney because her citation record wasn't strong enough, even though she had 100+ citations and one high level journal paper. It gets pretty tough if you want to convince the government that it's in the US interest to waive the regular requirements for employment-based immigration.
  9. If it's a straightforward case I don't really see what an attorney could add. The N-400 is pretty clear on what evidence to submit regarding the conviction. I'd chance it and go to the interview, present all the evidence, and answer all the questions pertaining to the conviction. Worst possible outcome would be an RFE or NOID and then absolutely do hire a lawyer, whatever the price.
  10. If you file the I-485 (AoS) you'll have to wait for the travel document (AP) or you'll have to get the H1B visa stamped in your passport in order to return to the US, so keep that in mind.
  11. Back when I was on H1B my employer's attorney said how much she hated the expression "H1B transfer" because it can be misleading. It is "transfer" in a sense that your status continues with the new employer and you don't have to leave the country to extend it or anything like that. But it is in fact a fresh new application. Anyways, yeah, the employer must be in the US, sure.
  12. For the NIW you need at least a Masters degree, but practically speaking a PhD would be a minimum educational credential. You also need a decent publication record (for sciences), or equivalent for other fields (books, media coverage, etc). One thing you do NOT need is an employer, as the NIW is self-sponsored. So, have you published in the field of cybersecurity? Is the industry benefiting from your creative work, and can you document that? If so, you can try https://www.wegreened.com/Clients-NIW-National-Interest-Waiver-EB1-Attorney-Lawyer (as recommended by Boiler, above, and myself). Incidentally, I hired the same law firm for my NIW and they ARE good. But, my guess, based on your post, is that H1B or L-1 would be more appropriate avenues for you at this point, especially if you have an employer willing to sponsor you.
  13. It would have to be a new H1B application by your US employer. That's always the case. There's no such thing as a "transfer" application.
  14. The H1B application will not interfere with your Green Card process, nor the other way around - they are completely orthogonal. (Why are you doing the consular processing instead of the AoS?) You can wait for your H1B to be approved and then start working with your new employer. The NIW does not depend on your employer, in most cases. (However, it is important to remain in the same area of concentration at least for some time after the I-140 approval and even after you get the Green Card.) So it looks like getting the H1B now, and attend the interview in Brazil later is the best option.
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