02 Jun 2022

My H1B was not selected in the lottery, so I am going to continue working for my employer on STEM OPT. Is it possible for the company to initiate the PERM process for me now, or do I first need to get into H1B status?

Answer There is no requirement that a person be in H1B status for a company to initiate a PERM case for that individual.  (01.Jun.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

01 Jun 2022

Humanitarian Reinstatement Following Death of Petitioning Relative

In most circumstances, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is required to revoke an approved family-based petition for alien relative (form I-130) if the petitioning relative dies before the beneficiary is issued an immigrant visa. However, under certain circumstances, a humanitarian reinstatement request is...

26 May 2022

I am a U.S. citizen, and just turned 21. I would like to sponsor my parents for green cards; but as a full-time student my income is limited. Any options to still sponsor them?

Answer In completing an I-864 Affidavit of Support form, the individual sponsoring a family member for permanent residence normally must demonstrate income at a level equal to or above 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline level. If the sponsor does not have a sufficient annual...

26 May 2022
26 May 2022

I filed my I-485 based on the dates for filing chart. Earlier this month, the USCIS approved my I-485 and issued me a green card. However, my priority date is not yet current on the final action chart. May I still keep the green card?

Answer Unfortunately, this type of error can be a serious problem for a number of reasons. First off, if the USCIS notices the error, they typically will move to revoke the green card. Second, even if the USCIS does not revoke the green card, it could...

19 May 2022

Can I file my I-485 from India?

Answer In order submit an I-485 application, one needs to physically be in the United States at the time of filing. If you wish to apply for a green card from India, the application normally would be submitted for consular processing (i.e., applying for an immigrant...

19 May 2022

I was issued a 221(g) by the consulate and asked to submit a few additional documents. What is the processing time for 221(g) cases?

Answer On average, it takes the consulate about four-to-eight weeks to process a 221(g) case. Note that some dropbox applicants are being asked to schedule follow-up 221g interviews. (18.May.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online...

19 May 2022

My L-1 petition was filed for premium processing, and the online case status shows an RFE was issued. As of yet, however, we have not received the RFE. What should I do?

Answer This has become a common issue, especially for cases filed with the Texas Service Center. To resolve the matter, we generally send an eMail to the Texas Service Center to request that the RFE be reissued. (18.May.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that...