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Hello. My current passport...

Hello. My current passport expires in 3 months and while I currently have a valid I797, I am planning on applying for a transfer of visa status from H1B to H4 (temporarily until I find a new job). Should I apply for the H4 and THEN apply for passport renewal or should it be the other way around?

Lawyer's Assistant: What is your official status? Do you have any pending applications or petitions with USCIS?

Official status is H1B as of today. I do not have pending applications or petitions with USCIS from my end.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

Briefly, yes.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Yes, I lost my employment recently which is why i am planning to change from H1B to H4 visa until I find new employment.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Immigration Law
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Sorry for the delay. I just ask that if it is bad news that you not shoot the messenger. Shooting the messenger is either leaving a negative rating (usually reserved for rude or unprofessional experts) or not leaving a positive rating at all.

It should be the other way around. You should have time on your passport in order to get enough tie on your new status.

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Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo Senmartin, Immigration Attorney replied 4 months ago

Hello. I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help? Please let me know. Thank you!

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Thank you for your kindness and respect. Good luck to you.

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