07 Jan 2021

My mother was admitted in B-2 status in February 2020. Prior to her I-94 expiring, she applied for a B-2 extension. That case is still pending. Is it true that she can stay for 240-days based on the pending extension?

Answer The 240-day rule applies to the extension of employment authorization for certain categories of nonimmigrant workers. It does not apply to B-2 applicants. Typically, if an application to extend status is timely filed, the applicant may remain in the U.S. in a period of authorized...

31 Dec 2020

Update on COVID-Related Delays at USCIS

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated delays and backlogs at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These delays have been especially pronounced with regard to the scheduling of biometrics appointments at application support centers (ASCs) and in the issuance of receipt notices. Update on Biometrics...

10 Dec 2020

Serious Immigration Consequences for Drug Use Despite State Law Changes

Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana or other narcotics at the state level can mislead noncitizens into thinking using such drugs in accordance with state law is legal. Marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and many other drugs are controlled substance under federal law. Therefore, the use, sale, purchase,...