F1, OPT and H1B Visa Tax Information

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, H1B | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

F1 Visa 

F-1 visa holders are exempt from paying FICA Taxes, Social Security and Medicare, for a limited time. However, they are subjected to federal taxes, and state/local taxes, if applicable, students on F-1 filing their (federal) income taxes who have been in the USA for 5 years or less need to use the correct tax forms, such as 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ. (more…)

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Can H1B and F1 Visa holders earn money online?

Posted on May 15, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, H1B, Jobs, Prospective Students | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

H1B people, its little harsh but you got to understand this point that you are Resident Alien (Immigrant) at this point and can only work for your employer and if there is any other source of Income(online earnings) its considered as Illegal earnings. So basically, if you are on a H1-B visa, you are authorized to work for only one those employers that sponsor your visa. You cannot be self-employed and earn additional income and doing so will render you out-of-status. (more…)

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F1 Visa and H1B approval – For people Outside United States

Posted on May 10, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, H1B | Tags: , , , , , , |

Q) I have got my F1 visa in January 2009; I also got my H1b approved in April 2009. I have to join fall 2009 Sep 09 at my University in USA. I am currently in Pakistan. I want to complete at least 2 semesters and then change my status to h1b. My employer is planning to call me by the mid of next year. Kindly guide me and is that possible I may enter USA and start my education on F1, complete my 2 semesters, and then use my H1b approved this year to change my status. I need urgent help. Thanks indeed. (more…)

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Minimum Requirements for International Students – NJIT ( New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, Prospective Students, Universities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

 This post is all about the minimum requirements that are needed to apply at NJIT. (more…)

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Minimum Requirements for International Students – Portland State University

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, Prospective Students, Universities | Tags: , , , , , , |

This post is all about the minimum requirements that are needed to apply at Portland State University. 

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Minimum Requirements for International Students at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

Posted on April 25, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, Prospective Students | Tags: , , , , , , , |

I know many students who are planning to pursue MS in US are confused as to which universities to apply that suits their profiles. This post has the details of minimum requirements needed to apply at RIT, which might help you decide with your list of universities to apply. 

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About to Finish Master’s, but planning to apply for H1B???

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, H1B | Tags: , , , , |

Q) I am currently pursuing my Masters this year and would be completing it by end of this year( i.e 2009)?? I do plan to apply for my H1B this year. My question is will I be considered in Master’s quota?? One of my friends suggested me that I could apply with a letter from University stating about my completion of masters by end of this year. Will this work??

 

My Answer: Unless you have a degree in hand or at least the completion certificate,  you really can’t be eligible under Masters Quota. However, you can always apply under regular quota with whatever master’s documents you have, and get an approval. USCIS may ask for OPT card or some confirmation on your degree completion before they approve your H1B under regular quota. During my time, I applied in my last semester and still got H1B approved with out any query. Can you believe it????

 

I really suggest you to go ahead and apply for your H1b right away and get an approval.  I am sure you can get one soon. Try sending all your Masters till date transcripts with a  letter from school stating your latest status on how many subjects are left towards your Masters completion.

 

Hope this helps.

 

Good Luck!!

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F1/OPT to H1B Questionaire – Confused to apply for H1B this year or next year???

Posted on April 14, 2009. Filed under: F1 Visa, H1B | Tags: , , , |

I know that many students are in the situation of whether to apply for H1B this year or not. I have received a question from a student who is in dilemma of whether to use his OPT or to apply for H1B this year.  Below is the list of questions that I have tried my best to answer.  (more…)

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