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...

02 Mar 2022

DOS Provides Updated Visa Application Instructions for Ukrainian Applicants

The U.S. Department of State has posted the following updated instructions regarding consular services currently available for Ukrainians: The U.S. Mission to Ukraine is not currently offering visa services. Beginning immediately, Ukrainian immigrant visas (IVs) other than adoption cases will be processed at Consulate General Frankfurt,...

16 Dec 2021

I filed my son’s I-485 as my dependent before he had aged out. After we applied, however, the category retrogressed. Is it possible my child could now age out?

Answer If the child qualified as a dependent at the time the I-485 was filed based on the date being current in Chart A (i.e., the final action chart), the child normally would not be at risk of aging out based on subsequent retrogression. However, if...

18 Nov 2021

I am a U.S. citizen and I sponsored my mother for a green card. Due to backlogs, the earliest date I could get for her appointment at the consulate is about 6 months from now. In the meantime, can she visit me on her tourist visa?

Answer Immigration officers at the U.S. ports of entry generally have discretion to admit a person on a B-1/B-2 visitor visa while that individual has a green card case pending. However, to be admitted on a B-1/B-2 visa, the foreign national typically must demonstrate a lack...