26 Jan 2023

I have a valid H-4 visa stamp in my passport. I am applying for an H1B stamp in a few weeks. If the H1B stamp is denied, can I still travel to the U.S. on my H-4 stamp?

Answer If an H1B visa ‘stamp’ application is denied, one would ordinarily be able to continue using an existing H-4 visa stamp. However, consulates do occasionally cancel valid visas, even though they are not required to do so. (19.Jan.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance...

19 Jan 2023

I am a U.S. citizen and am sponsoring my mother for a green card. Her case is being processed through the U.S. Embassy in Mumbai. Is she allowed to visit on her B-2 visa while the case is pending?

Answer Having a pending green card case does not prevent a person from requesting admission in B-2 status. However, there generally is an increased risk of being denied admission based on immigrant intent. (19.Jan.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...

12 Jan 2023
01 Dec 2022

I was working on a project in New Jersey in H1B. I recently traveled to India and got my visa stamped. Yesterday, my U.S. employer notified me that they are filing an H1B amendment for me because they want to move me to a project in California. Can they file the amendment now? Once the amendment is approved, can I still use my existing H1B visa?

Answer When applying for a visa "stamp," the petition must be valid and the job must still be available. If circumstances change after the visa is issued, there is no cooling off period required to apply for an amendment. Further, the existing visa typically would remain...

23 Nov 2022

I was laid off from my H1B position last month and I have since returned to my home country. I just found a new employer willing to file an H1B for me. Once the petition is approved, can I use my existing H1B visa stamp, or do I need to get a new one with the current employer’s name?

Answer If the existing H1B visa "stamp" in your passport is still valid, it normally is permissible to use that visa and the new employer's approved petition to request admission in H1B status. (23.Nov.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...

03 Nov 2022

I am a U.S. citizen and filed an I-130 petition for my mother. She would like to visit me on her B-1/B-2 visa. Is this permitted?

Answer In order to be admitted in B-1/B-2 status, the burden is on the foreign national to demonstrate that she lacks immigrant intent for that particular trip. Given that you filed this petition for an immediate relative – and therefore, not subject to the numerical limitations...

27 Oct 2022

I was working in H1B status, and then went back to my home country due to an emergency. It has been about seven months, and I now wish to return to my H1B position in the U.S. My visa stamp is still valid, and my employer is supporting this. Is there anything special I need to carry due to my prolonged absence?

Answer There are no special requirements for returning to an H1B position after an extended trip abroad. That being said, it may be a good idea to carry an updated letter from the employer verifying that the H1B position is still available. (26.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other...

20 Oct 2022

I entered the U.S. in B-2 status to visit my daughter. Shortly before my I-94 expired, I applied for an extension, which is still pending. I am now scheduled to leave the U.S. next week, but USCIS just scheduled me for biometrics the week after I leave. Should I reschedule my flight so I can attend the biometrics appointment?

Answer In most situations, there would be no need to stay in the U.S. just to attend the biometrics appointment. Yes, failing to attend the biometrics will likely result in the I-539 being denied. However, if the I-539 was timely filed, and you then leave the...

13 Oct 2022

I was born in India, but recently became a citizen of Canada. My husband is an Indian citizen and is in the U.S. in H1B status. Do I have to go to the consulate to get an H-4 visa stamp?

Answer Generally speaking, Canadian citizens are visa exempt and do not require an H-4 visa to be admitted in H-4 status. (12.Oct.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 here.  Copyright...