02 Aug 2017

NewsFlash! Trump, GOP Senators Propose Bill to Modify Immigration System, Slash Visa Numbers

Today, President Trump announced his support for a bill proposed by Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) that, if passed, would make massive changes to the U.S. immigration system. The proposal would replace the current employment-based immigration system with a merit-based system....

31 Jul 2017

I am eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, but my husband and children will not qualify for another year. Is it advisable for me to wait and apply for the whole family at the same time?

Answer In general, there is no particular benefit for a family to wait to file naturalization applications at the same time, other than the fact that the citizenship interviews generally will be scheduled for the same day. Also, depending on the circumstances, the children may become...

24 Jul 2017

If I move from H1B to H-4 EAD, would I be able to later convert back to H1B? Would I have to go through the lottery again?

Answer Generally, one could be sponsored for a change back to H1B at any time, assuming that one has H1B "time" remaining. (24.Jul.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law in real time. For details on...

20 Jul 2017

August 2017 Visa Bulletin Check-in: Discouraging Predictions for FY18

Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provides visa bulletin explanations and predictions nearly every month. The update this month for the August 2017 Visa Bulletin includes both some short-term predictions and some predictions for...

17 Jul 2017

I am in H1B status and I have an approved I-140. If I move to H-4 EAD, will that impact my GC case?

Answer The I-140 and associated priority date would not normally be affected by a change in nonimmigrant status. (17.Jul.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law in real time. For details on chat participation, click here.Access...

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