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Recap of USCIS Twitter Office Hours, April 12

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On April 12, we held the eighth USCIS Twitter Office Hours to answer your questions about immigration benefits and other services that our agency provides.

During this event we were able to answer many common questions that we know many of our stakeholders have. Of course, we received more questions than we had time to address in an hour.

Below you can find all of the questions and answers that we tweeted.

Thanks to everyone who tweeted questions. We look forward to engaging with you during future installments of USCIS Twitter Office Hours.

Q1: @kromengg Do I need to renew passport before filing h1extension if extension is filled before passport expiration? #AskUSCIS
A1: @kromengg No, unless it's expiring soon. You'll need a valid passport to travel. For more: #AskUSCIS
Q2: @40a4131e6c03403 What is the remedy for a delayed case (beyond 90days for renewal of EAD) whose employer gave ultimatum? #AskUSCIS
A2: @40a4131e6c03403 If your case is outside of the standard processing time, submit an inquiry here: #AskUSCIS
Q3: @JORU201 I'm in the US on a TN visa, I applied for H-1B using premium processing. Can I travel abroad while H1-B is pending? #AskUSCIS
A3: @JORU201 Even if your TN visa is valid, you cannot travel while your H1-B petition is pending.  #AskUSCIS
Q4: @squeaky580 what's the avg process time for returned petitions 221g at VM Srv Ctr? #AskUSCIS
A4: @SQUEAKY580 Petition processing times vary. Check or call our Natl Cust Srvc Ctr 800-375-5283. #AskUSCIS
Q5: @ALLURI_A_VARMA what is the current waiting time for an H1-B transfer?  #AskUSCIS
A5: @ALLURI_A_VARMA Please see the following link for current processing times: #AskUSCIS
Q6: @NxtDoorGuy can we use AP from pending i-485 for travel while still on h1b? Does it invalidate my h1b n spouse h4? #AskUSCIS
A6: @NxtDoorGuy Yes, H-1B & H-4 can travel abroad, pending I-485. See I-131 instructions page 1, #AskUSCIS
Q7: @VIJAYAMIN2 I finshed 8 years on H-1B, if I go back, can I apply H1 extension frm India based on I-140 approval? #AskUSCIS
A7: @VIJAYAMIN2 Please see for more information on H-1B extensions. #AskUSCIS
Q8: @imramnee when is the lottery date? #AskUSCIS
A8: @imramnee Last year it opened October 1, please check this page for updates #AskUSCIS
Q9: @LEKSHMI1312 when can we expect May 2016 Visa bulletin update? Usually it gets updated 1st week of every month. #AskUSCIS
A9: @LEKSHMI1312 Please see the Department of State website for the most recent visa bulletin #AskUSCIS
Q10: @HALDARRAY Once my H-1B application picked in lottery and gets approved, Can i do international travel? #AskUSCIS
A10: @HALDARRAY After approval, you need a valid visa to travel. More info at or #AskUSCIS
Q11: How do I correct a misspelled name on a USCIS document?  Can a name be too long for a USCIS doc or form? #AskUSCIS
A11:  If you need to make any corrections or changes to submitted USCIS forms, including name changes, call 1-800-375-5283 #AskUSCIS
Q12: @ME_DHANA when I can expect the results of regular processing? #AskUSCIS
A12: @ME_DHANA For processing times of specific forms and locations, see Have receipt number ready. #AskUSCIS
Q13: @SFYNICOLE It says in MyCaseStatus my employment combo card was "delivered" but I did not receive anything  #AskUSCIS
A13: @SFYNICOLE If your card is not delivered, you can report it by submitting an e-Request here: #AskUSCIS
Q14: @WAEL_KR what process should be taken for children above 21 for immigrant visa having the acceptance when they were below 21? #AskUSCIS
A14: @WAEL_KR Check this page for age and time requirements:  #AskUSCIS
Q15: @RAVIKIRANKHAMMA I have sent opt extension packet w/ employer updated i-20 instead of opt extension request i-20. what should i do? #AskUSCIS
A15: @RAVIKIRANKHAMMA send copy of correct I-20 w/receipt notice to address on I-797. #AskUSCIS
Q16: @MONI_VICKY My RFE Documents was received by Vermont service centre. When can I expect a result from USCIS on my case ? #AskUSCIS
A16: @MONI_VICKY Processing times for RFE reviews are usually 60-90 days. File E-request if not received #AskUSCIS