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...

06 Apr 2022

I am in B-1/B-2 status and my I-94 will expire in a few weeks. I wish to extend my stay by one month so I can attend an important event. However, I read online that, to extend my status, I need to file the application at least 45 days before my status expires. Is that correct?

Answer No, that is not correct. On its website, the USCIS "recommends" filing at least 45 days prior to one's I-94 expiration date. However, there is no rule requiring this. As long as the application is filed prior to the I-94 expiration date, one normally may...

24 Mar 2022

I have a B-1 visa in my passport. A company in the U.S. submitted an H1B registration for me. If the registration is selected, can I enter the U.S. on the B-1 so the employer can file the petition requesting a change of status?

Answer Ordinarily, a person may not enter the U.S. in B-1 status with the intention of then applying for a change to H1B status.  (23.Mar.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access...

17 Mar 2022

I have a friend in Ukraine who recently fled to a neighboring country. Are there any special visa options she may have to come stay with me for a time in the U.S.?

Answer There are no special visas available specifically based on the invasion of Ukraine. However, depending on the circumstances, there may be options to apply for a nonimmigrant visa.One option may be to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa. One hurdle with this option is that the...

24 Feb 2022

My mother came to the U.S. in B-2 status. She now wishes to extend her stay for four months. However, the B-2 visa stamp in her passport expires in two weeks. Is that going to create a problem?

Answer No, the expiration date of the B-2 visa "stamp" should not create a problem in applying for an extension of B-2 status. The visa is an entry document and normally needs to be valid at the time the person is requesting admission in B-2 status....