10 Jun 2021

I filed an I-140 downgrade case in October along with my I-485, and both are still pending. Can I use AC21 to port to a similar position with a different employer?

Answer Technically speaking, to qualify for AC21 portability when the I-140 is still pending, the I-140 must be "approvable when filed." Assuming all the standard AC21 requirements are met (e.g., porting to the same or similar job), this may be an option, but it is not...

10 Jun 2021

I have a pending I-485 filed in the EB3 category. My wife’s I-140 was just approved in the EB1 category. Should I withdraw my I-485 and refile based on her EB1 case?

Answer Withdrawing the pending I-485 at this point is probably not the best option. It may be possible to interfile, or one could potentially file a second I-485 and have both cases pending. Eventually, the USCIS will ask the applicant to choose one of the cases...

03 Jun 2021

I am currently stuck in India. My PERM was recently approved. Does my employer need to wait until I return to the U.S. to file the I-140 petition?

Answer No, there generally is no requirement that the beneficiary be in the U.S. at the time the I-140 is filed.  (03.Jun.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here. Copyright...

27 May 2021

A few years ago, after my I-140 was approved, I moved back home to work for my employer’s affiliate in India. If my priority date becomes current, is there a time limit for me to return to the U.S. and file my I-485 application?

Answer Ordinarily, there is no set time limit for filing an I-485 application after one's priority date has become current. (27.May.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here. Copyright ©...

13 May 2021

In order for me to qualify for an EB2 position with my current employer, I need to evidence my work experience with my previous employer, but my old employer will not give me an experience verification letter. Can I force them to give one to me?

Answer There is no requirement under immigration law that normally would force a former (or current) employer to provide you with an employer verification letter. However, there may be other options to evidence your previous work experience, such as affidavits from former co-workers.  (13.May.2021)Sheela Murthy and...

06 May 2021

I just became a U.S. citizen, and wish to sponsor my brother and mother for green cards. I understand the process for sponsoring siblings takes many, many years. Should I just sponsor my mother, and then, when she gets a green card, she can sponsor my brother?

Answer It is true that the family-based category is severely backlogged. But, if your brother is married, your mother would have to wait until she is a citizen to sponsor him. Even if he does not marry, the general recommendation would be to sponsor the sibling...

06 May 2021

If I travel from India to Mexico and stay there for two weeks, can I then enter the U.S.? Or would the travel ban still apply to me?

Answer The suspension of travel from India due to the pandemic only applies to people who were physically in India during the past 14 days. If a person travels to a third country, such as Mexico, for two weeks, the travel ban would not prevent that...