As you all know, CISCO Systems Inc. has announced and started the processing thousands of lay-offs. Among these workers/employees are H1B holders and potential permanent residence applications (labor certifications, form I-140s, adjustment of status, etc).

In the past few days, we have been receiving many calls from the terminated employees inquiring about their options regarding the H1B. Many are worried if their status have been terminated or are to be terminated.

Unfortunately it seems that the official immigration attorneys that represent CISCO will not give this information to the unfortunate ex-employees on when is the “cut-off” dates on the H1B petitions.

If you are affected by this situation or a similar situation, we recommend you retain independent counsel, that is, hire your own attorney to assess your situation. We will be glad to assist you, should you give us a call.

Our law firm is located in Newark CA and has represented clients all over the United States. You can reach us on 510 742 5887 or visit us on for more information.


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Shah Peerally is an attorney licensed in California practicing immigration law and debt settlement. He has featured as an expert legal analyst for many TV networks such as NDTV, Times Now and Sitarree TV. Articles about Shah Peerally and his work have appeared on newspapers such as San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, US Fiji Times, Mauritius Le Quotidien, Movers & Shakers and other prominent international newspapers. His work has been commended by Congress women Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Lee. He has a weekly radio show on KLOK 1170AM and frequently participates in legal clinics in churches, temples and mosques. His law group, Shah Peerally Law Group, has represented clients all over the United States constantly dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Custom Enforcement(ICE) and CBP (Customs Border Patrol (CBP) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This department was formerly known as the Immigration and Nationality Services (INS).