06 Aug 2020

I applied for a change of status to B-2, but just realized that I forget to include the check for the biometrics fee. Will the USCIS issue an RFE for this fee, or will they just deny it?

Answer If the correct filing fee(s) are not included with an application or petition, the USCIS typically will reject the filing and return the entire package to the applicant or petitioner. Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our...

06 Aug 2020

My parents are in the U.S. in B-2 status, and their I-94s are scheduled to expire in two weeks. Their flight back to India was cancelled and it may be a month or two before they can leave. Do we have to pay the fees to file an extension of status, even though this is out of their control? Are there any automatic extensions being provided due to the pandemic?

Answer Even though this is out of their control, if they do not leave the U.S. or apply for an extension of status prior to the expiration date on their I-94s, they will fall out of status and begin to accrue unlawful presence. There have not...

20 Jul 2020

NewsFlash! Some Consulates Demanding I-20s Showing In-Person Classes, Despite Reversal of Executive Order

As previously reported, on July 14, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reinstated the March 2020 policy, allowing F-1 and M-1 students to temporarily take all courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following this announcement, however, numerous designated school officials (DSOs) have reported hearing...