USCIS Letter Addresses Travel After Change of Status
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Susan J. Cohen
Direct Dial 617 348 4468
July 16, 2004
Via Federal Express
Mr. Efren Hernandez
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
425 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20536
Re: Request for Guidance
Dear Mr. Hernandez:
I am seeking your guidance concerning the “last action rule”.
Assume a person files for a change of status from F-1 to H-1B status in
July, 2004 and the H-1B petition and change of status request are both
approved in August, 2004, but effective December 1, 2004. Assume further
that the individual travels abroad on September 1, 2004 and returns to
the U.S. on September 15, 2004 in valid F-1 status. If the person remains
in the U.S. from September 15, 2004 until December 1, 2004, will that
individual’s change of status to H-1B automatically take effect
on December 1, 2004? If not, what must the individual do to effectuate
the change of status?
|I look forward to hearing from you.
Very truly yours,
Susan J. Cohen
U.S Department of Homeland Security
425 I Street, NW
ULLICO Bldg., 3rd Floor
Washington DC 20536
MS. Susan J. Cohen
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111
Dear Ms. Cohen:
Thank you for your July 16, 2004 correspondence in which you pose a question
about the effective date for an F-1 visa holder’s change of status to H-1B.
A change of status takes effect automatically on the effective date noted
on the Notice of Action (Form I-797), even if there is an intervening
admission as in your proposed scenario. The Form I-797 should have a tear-off
Form I-94 that would be proof of the change of status. The “Last
Action Rule” does not affect the change of status in this case because
the last action is the taking effect of the change of status.
If you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, please do
not hesitate to contact this office.
Chief, Business and Trade Services Branch
Office of Adjudications