19 Jun 2017

I am in H1B status. Can I file two change-of-status applications at the same time – one for H-4 status, and the other for F-1?

Attorney There is nothing prohibiting multiple filings. However, the general rule is that the last approval will govern one's status. So, once the desired application is approved, it is important to withdraw the unwanted application, to avoid ending up in the "wrong" (unwanted) status. Unfortunately, even...

23 Mar 2017

NewsFlash! Processing Delays for H-4/EAD Applications Filed With H1B Premium Processing Cases

The Nebraska Service Center (NSC) is taking longer than normal to adjudicate H-4 I-539 applications and I-765 applications for H-4 employment authorization documents (EADs) that are filed concurrently with H1B petitions for premium processing.While there is no premium processing available for H-4 or EAD applications,...

31 Jan 2017

MurthyChat Transcript from Jan 30, 2017: The President’s Executive Order

Are Indian immigrants being stopped and verified at domestic airports in USA? Can we travel around the USA? Answer Domestic travel would not involve inspection at a CBP border checkpoint, so should not be an issue.---I am a GC holder and currently on vacation in India. Does...

19 Sep 2016

My H1B extension and my spouse’s H-4 extension are pending. Can my spouse file for H-4 EAD while the H-4 extension is pending?

Answer An H-4 EAD application may be filed while the H1B and H-4 extensions are still pending. But, the H-4 EAD cannot be approved until the H-4 extension is approved. And, the H-4 extension generally will not be approved until the H1B extension is granted. (19.Sep.2016)In...

09 Sep 2016

I initially came to the U.S. in H-4 status as a dependent of my spouse. I completed a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and decided to apply for admission to an MBA program. …

... Once admitted, I changed to F-1 status and completed that degree. I applied and was authorized for the 12-month optional practical training period, which ends in a few weeks. I would like to apply for a 24-month OPT extension, based on my bachelor's degree...

27 Jan 2016

Priority Date Retention & I-140 Revocation Protections: Proposed Regulation

As many MurthyDotCom readers are aware, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed regulation, on December 30, 2015, aimed at improving the employment-based immigration process. While many have focused on the portion of this proposal covering I-140 based employment authorization documents (EADs) -...

12 Nov 2015

Murthy Law Firm Overcomes Client’s Status Gap to Get I-485 Approved

The Murthy Law Firm successfully represented an adjustment-of-status applicant facing challenges due to a problematic status history. We became involved in this case after the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a request for evidence (RFE) questioning the adjustment applicant's eligibility based on her...