22 Sep 2022

My EB2 I-485 was approved a few days ago. My wife’s I-485, which is also based on my I-140, is still pending. My priority date will no longer be current in October. What happens if her case is not approved before October 1st?

Answer The USCIS generally cannot approve an I-485 if the priority date of the underlying I-140 is no longer current. Therefore, if your wife's case is not approved before October 1st, it likely will remain pending until the date becomes current again (or some other action...

29 Aug 2022

DOS Update on U.S. Visa Services at Embassies and U.S. Consular Posts

On August 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) shared a briefing where Ms. Julie M. Stufft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, discussed the status of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates around...

22 Aug 2022

Changing from Adjustment of Status to Consular Processing

For most types of immigrant petitions, such as a family-based petition for an alien relative (form I-130) or an employment-based petition for an alien worker (form I-140), the petitioner must indicate whether the foreign national beneficiary will be applying for adjustment of status (form I-485)...

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...