11 Jan 2024

The first PERM case my employer filed for me was denied. If the same employer files another case for me for a different position, will that automatically result in my case being audited?

Answer It is possible to reapply for PERM with the same employer after a denial. That does not guarantee an audit; but keep in mind that a significant percentage of PERM cases – perhaps around 1 out of 3 – are randomly selected for audit. So,...

04 Jan 2024

I earned my 3-year bachelor’s degree (BSC) and 3-year master’s degree (MCA) from India. I also have about a decade of work experience related to my field of study. Can my PERM case be filed as EB2?

Answer In this situation, it may be possible for the education and experience to be used to qualify for an EB2 position. This, of course, assumes that the job being offered has EB2-level requirements. (04.Jan.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

07 Dec 2023

When I filed my I-140, I had to list my daughter on the form. Will this harm her chances of getting an F-1 student visa?

Answer No, this normally would not impact an applicant's chances of being issued an F-1 student visa. (07.Dec.2023)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 © 2023, MURTHY LAW...

07 Dec 2023

My I-140 was approved a couple of years ago, but I was just laid off. Do I need my original I-140 approval notice to be able to use that priority date for a future green card case?

Answer No, you do not need the original I-140 approval notice for priority date retention. You can just reference the approved case receipt number information and include a copy of the approval, if available. (07.Dec.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

22 Nov 2023

A few years ago, my I-140 was approved in the EB2 category as a Software Engineer. I have now been promoted to a managerial position within the same company. Does my employer need to redo the entire PERM process now?

Answer If there has been a material change to the nature of the position, that typically would require filing a new labor certification and I-140 petition for that new position. Fortunately, however, if you have an approved I-140, you should be able to retain the priority...

09 Nov 2023

I filed my I-140 in the EB1(c) category using premium processing, and an RFE was issued within 20 days of filing. The RFE was very simple, so I responded almost immediately. Does that mean the USCIS has to issue a decision within 45 days of the date I filed the I-140?

Answer No, for an EB1(c) petition filed using premium processing, the USCIS has 45 calendar days to take action on one's case. When the RFE was issued, an action was taken. When you responded to the RFE, the clock was restarted, and the USCIS now has...

26 Oct 2023

I previously worked in the U.S. in H1B status, and now work as a manager in India. My company is planning on transferring me to the U.S. as a manager. If I come to the U.S. in H1B status, can I still apply for a green card under the EB1(c) category? Or, do I need to enter in L1A status to qualify for EB1(c)?

Answer There is no need to be in L1A status in order to be sponsored for an EB1(c) multinational executive or manager position. Assuming you meet the requirements, it is possible to be in H1B status and have the employer file a petition for you under...

12 Oct 2023

My L1A petition was recently approved. My employer is not filing my EB1(c) petition, based on the same foreign managerial position and the same U.S. managerial position. Does the L1A approval mean it is very likely the EB1(c) will be approved?

Answer On paper, the requirements for the L1A category and the EB1(c) category are extremely similar. In practice, the USCIS tends to adjudicate the EB1(c) category using a higher standard, as it is requesting a permanent benefit. So, while having an L1A petition approved certainly is...