16 May 2023

I recently married a green card holder, and my husband is getting ready to sponsor me for a green card. I was on H1B status, but just got laid off. Does this prevent me from filing my I-485 application based on the I-130 my husband is filing?

Answer Assuming you are in your 60-day grace period, being laid off would generally not impact your ability to file your I-485 based on the I-130 petition filed by your husband. (16.May.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on...

20 Apr 2023

My husband entered in H1B status in October 2022, and his employer has not yet started a green card case for him. Is it possible for me to qualify for an H-4 EAD?

Answer In order to qualify for an H-4 EAD, the principal H1B spouse must either (1) be the beneficiary of an approved I-140, or (2) have extended H1B status beyond six years based on the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act (AC21). If your husband's...

13 Apr 2023

A few years ago, my U.S. citizen sister sponsored me for a family-based green card. Can I use that priority date for my EB3 case?

Answer No, unfortunately, you generally cannot use a priority date from a family-based case and apply it to an employment-based case. (13.Apr.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...

06 Apr 2023

I am on H1B and my wife is on L1A. Her company will be sponsoring her for a green card under the EB1 category as a multinational manager. Do I have to change to L-2 status in order to apply for a green card as her dependent?

Answer No, there normally is no need to be in L-2 status in order to apply for a green card as a dependent of one's spouse. (06.Apr.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click...

09 Mar 2023

I was born in India and have an I-140 pending in the EB2 category. I recently married a woman who was born in Sri Lanka. Can we file I-485 applications based on her country of birth?

Answer Yes, in most situations, it is possible to be charged against a spouse's country of birth when applying for a green card. This is known as cross-chargeability. The fact that the marriage took place after the I-140 was filed typically would not impact a person's...

09 Mar 2023

Ten years ago, when I became a U.S. citizen, I filed an I-130 petition for my sister. She has now gotten married. Do I need to file a separate I-130 for her husband?

Answer In the family-based preference categories, the spouse and/or minor children of the primary beneficiary may also benefit from the single-petition filing. Normally, there is no need to file a separate petition for these family members. (09.Mar.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies...

23 Feb 2023

While my father was visiting me on B-2, I sponsored him for a green card. Both the I-130 and I-485 are pending. Can he travel back to India and then return on his B-2, or does he need to first get an advance parole document?

Answer Typically, if a person in B-2 status travels while an I-485 is pending, the I-485 is considered abandoned unless the individual has a valid AP document. (23.Feb.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services,...

16 Feb 2023

I am in the U.S. on B-1/B-2. A few years ago, my sister, who is a U.S. citizen, sponsored me for an FB4 green card. My priority date will not be current for a number of years. Can I ask USCIS to expedite my case so that I can file an I-485 now and wait in the U.S. until the priority date becomes current?

Answer It generally is not possible to file an I-485 application based on an I-130 petition when the priority date is not current. While the USCIS has the ability to expedite the processing of an I-130 petition, the ability to apply for adjustment of status in...

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

I am in H1B status and have an approved I-140. I recently got married in India and my wife is waiting for her appointment at the consulate to apply for an H-4 visa stamp. Can she apply for an H-4 EAD now, while she is still in India?

Answer Typically, it is not permissible to apply for an H-4 EAD while the applicant is outside the United States. (12.Jan.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 ©...