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
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...

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...

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...

26 May 2022
12 May 2022

A few months ago, I applied for a B-1/B-2 visa to attend a specific conference. The visa was issued, but there was then a change in plans and I did not attend the conference. I now wish to get to the U.S. to attend a different conference. Can I use the existing B-1/B-2 visa, or do I need to reapply?

Answer Although a person may apply for a B-1/B-2 visa for a particular purpose (e.g., to visit family) or a particular event (e.g., attending a specific conference), the B-1/B-2 visa normally is not tied to any specific activity or event. Rather, as long the visa remains...

12 May 2022

I reside in Canada and have been offered an IT position by a Canadian company that distributes marijuana. The company’s activities are legal under Canadian law. I have family in the U.S. If I accept this job, will it prevent me from being admitted to the U.S. as a visitor?

Answer U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has indicated that, if a foreign national is engaged in a marijuana business in Canada, where there is no commerce with the United States, that alone likely would not make the individual inadmissible to the U.S. (12.May.2022)Sheela Murthy and...

21 Apr 2022

I have a B-1/B-2 visa in my passport, and my L-1 petition was recently approved. My L-1 visa appointment at the consulate is scheduled for June. Can I enter on my B-1/B-2 to attend some meetings, and then fly home before the visa appointment?

Answer Having an approved L-1 petition would not prevent a person from requesting admission on B-1/B-2. The immigration officer at the U.S. port of entry virtually always has discretion to deny a person admission on a B-1/B-2, but having an approved L-1 petition would not prevent...