23 Jan H-1B Change of Employer for Assistant Professor at Prominent College
With the help of our Philadelphia immigration attorneys, a prominent college successfully petitioned for an H-1B change of employer for a specialty occupation worker who transitioned from the private sector to academia, while also helping this professor’s wife and child secure H-4 status. This specialty occupation worker holds a Ph.D. in food science and is the beneficiary of an approved EB-2 I-140 National Interest Waiver Petition whose priority date is still years away from becoming current. He had been working at a large meat producer in H-1B status while waiting for his priority date to become current. Our client desired to employ this H-1B worker as a Professor of Food Science, and his attainment of a Ph.D. in that field gave him the theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge that his position demanded. He was also highly qualified for the position based upon his experience in the food science industry including having interned at an internationally known beverage manufacturer. Our Philadelphia immigration lawyers filed the college’s Form I-129 Petition before its spring semester started, allowing the incoming professor to begin teaching immediately due to the H-1B visa portability rules for H-1B change of employer petitions. Further, as this professor has a wife and child, our immigration lawyers prepared and filed Forms I-539 for both of his dependents to extend their H-4 status. With USCIS’ recent approval, the college can look forward to instructing the food scientists of tomorrow with the help of an H-1B specialty occupation worker, and this worker will be able to do so with his family by his side.