04 Aug 2022

USCIS Extends Flexibilities Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced two accommodations being made related to the COVID-19 pandemic. First, the USCIS again has extended the response time flexibility, initially announced on March 20, 2020. Second, the USCIS has made permanent the policy that allows all...

07 Jul 2022

My company filed an I-140 petition for me, which is still pending. I plan on getting married to a green card holder next month. After we are married, can my wife file an I-130 for me, or would I need to first withdraw the I-140?

Answer Ordinarily, having a pending or approved I-140 would not impact a person's ability to be the beneficiary of an I-130 petition. There typically would be no need to withdraw the I-140 petition. (06.Jul.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...

09 Jun 2022

I am a U.S. citizen. About 5 months ago, my mother entered in B-2 status to visit me and her grandchildren. At the last minute, we decided to apply for a green card for her. I filed the I-130 and I-485 for her, and those cases are still pending. Can my mother remain in the U.S. after her I-94s expire?

Answer Ordinarily, it is possible to remain in the U.S. in a period of authorized stay based on a pending I-485 application.  (08.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 FAQs...

02 Jun 2022

My wife and I filed I-485 applications based on her EB3 I-140. Can I now interfile my I-485 based on my EB2 I-140?

Answer Yes, generally speaking, the fact that one's I-485 is pending based on a spouse's I-140 would not prevent the person from interfiling based on one's own I-140 petition. (01.Jun.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE...

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

Notifying USCIS of Change in Address

Most foreign nationals in the United States must report address changes to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The legal timeframe for this notification is just ten days. The process is simple and free, and helps to facilitate proper delivery of official notices and...

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...

25 Apr 2022

Interview Waivers for Certain Conditional Permanent Residents

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has implemented a risk-based approach to waive interviews for conditional permanent residents (CPR) who have filed a petition to remove conditions on residence (form I-751). This replaces the previous policy, which had mandated interviews for virtually all CPRs...

24 Mar 2022

I am a U.S. citizen and I sponsored by brother for a green card a few years ago. He is applying for an H1B visa at the consulate. Do I need to withdraw the family-based case before he applies for the visa?

Answer No, there normally would be no need to withdraw a family-based case for someone who is applying for an H1B visa. A pending family-base case typically would have no impact on the H1B visa process.  (23.Mar.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies...