11 Nov 2021

My wife is in the U.S. in H-4 status. I had been on H1B status, but suddenly had to travel overseas. My H1B visa stamp has expired. Can I return to the U.S. using my AP document?

Answer If the principal spouse enters on advance parole, then typically the dependent spouse is no longer eligible to maintain valid H-4 status. (11.Nov.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

11 Nov 2021

I filed an EB3 downgrade case, and my I-485 is still pending. I read online that, if my EB2 case becomes current and my I-140 was filed as a new petition rather than as an amendment, the USCIS will automatically adjudicate my case as EB2. Is that correct?

Answer We had a similar question several weeks ago, and our response may not have been sufficiently nuanced. Our general recommendation is that, if an EB3 downgrade case has been filed and later the individual wishes to return to EB2, some action should be taken. For...

04 Nov 2021

I filed an H-4 EAD renewal application about 4 months ago. I have heard that the USCIS frequently is taking 1 year or more to adjudicate these applications. Can I sue the USCIS to get them to adjudicate my EAD application?

Answer You can file a writ of mandamus against the USCIS to try to force the agency to adjudicate your case. If the court agrees that there has been an unreasonable delay in adjudicating the case, the judge could order the USCIS to complete its adjudication.That...

04 Nov 2021

My I-485 was approved at the end of October. However, my wife’s I-485 is still pending, and the cutoff date has now retrogressed before my priority date. Can I sponsor her for a family-based green card? Do I have to wait a certain amount of time after getting my GC before I can sponsor someone?

Answer There is no set amount of time a lawful permanent resident must wait to sponsor a qualifying family member for a green card. Further, the fact that she has a pending employment-based green card case does not prevent her from also being sponsored for a...

28 Oct 2021

An employer in the U.S. filed an H1B cap case for me several months ago. At the time it was filed, I was living in India, and the employer asked for the consulate in Hyderabad to be notified if the petition is approved. Now, the petition has been approved, but I am working in Singapore. Can I get my H1B visa stamping done at the U.S. embassy in Singapore?

Answer Generally speaking, if the local consulate allows for third country nationals to apply, it is possible to apply for a visa at a consulate different from the one listed on the initial petition. (28.Oct.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

28 Oct 2021
28 Oct 2021

I was working for Company A on H1B, and then moved to Company B. I have been working here for a few weeks, and now have an offer from Company C. I understand that I am allowed to change to the new employer, but will this create problems for me in the future with USCIS?

Answer There are no immigration rules that prohibit how often a person in H1B status may move between employers. As long as the individual can demonstrate that valid status etc, was maintained, the mere fact that the person moved through multiple employers normally would have no...

21 Oct 2021

In October 2020, I filed an I-140 EB2-to-EB3 downgrade case, along with my I-485 application. Now, it looks like the EB2 India cutoff date may advance past the EB3 cutoff date. If that happens, will the USCIS automatically adjudicate my case as an EB2 case?

Answer No. If the I-485 was filed based on the EB3 I-140, the USCIS normally would continue to process it as an EB3 case. In order to have the case processed under the EB2 category, one option may be to interfile the previously approved I-140 to...

21 Oct 2021

My I-485 application was filed in the EB3 India category and has been pending for more than 180 days. If I want to use AC21 to port to a similar position with a different employer, does my priority date still have to be current on the date I move to that employer?

Answer No, there is no requirement that the priority date still be current in order for a person to use AC21 to port to a same / similar position. (21.Oct.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE...