Married Bangladesh students receive Green Cards
Our client from Bangladesh came to USA in 1996 as a student under an F-1 Visa. His wife came with an F-2 (as a spouse of F-1 visa holder). While he was attending the school he was allowed to work on OPT (Optional Practical Training). After the graduation he started working on H-1B with the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, who agreed to sponsor his Green Card Application based on his employment. We filed Labor Certification in March 2005; and after it was approved. In December 2006, we filed his I-140 (Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker), while it was pending we needed to renew his H1B visa and H4 for his wife, so he would not lose status. The problem was it would be the 7th year extension, but usually H-1B/H-4 are for 6 years only. Based on the “American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act” our clients were eligible to apply for H-1B/H4 extensions. This Act allows H-1B visa holders who have pending Labor Certification or I-140 for longer than one year, to obtain annual extensions of their H-1B/H4 status until the final approval of Permanent Residency. Later, in June 2007, once the quota for client and his wife was opened, we immediately filed I-485 Application (Green Card) for them. Just a couple of months after that, in October 2007, we received his I-140 approval, followed by their H-1B/H-4 extension approvals. And finally, on April 22, 2008 their I-485 was approved, and the family received their welcome notices and Green Cards.