21 Sep 2023

After being laid off from my H1B position, I filed an application to change status to B-1. Due to a personal emergency however, I missed my biometrics appointment. Does that mean my application will automatically be denied?

Answer If you do not take care of your biometrics appointment, your case eventually will be denied. Fortunately, you may be able to reschedule. Call the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283, be prepared to provide evidence of the emergency, and hopefully they will exercise discretion and...

17 Aug 2023

A few years ago, my sister, who is a U.S. citizen, filed an I-130 for me. I recently got an EB2 I-140 approved. Can I use the priority date from the I-130 for my I-140 case?

Answer Unfortunately, no. Priority dates cannot be transferred between employment-based and family-based petitions. (17.Aug.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 FIRM. All Rights Reserved...

10 Aug 2023

My PERM case should be approved soon, and my employer will then be filing my I-140. If I leave to temporarily work in Canada under their new work program, would that create any problems with my green card case?

Answer As a general rule, leaving the U.S. during the PERM or I-140 stage would have no impact on one's green card case. (10.Aug.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

28 Jun 2023
15 Jun 2023

I have been in L1A status for a few years, and my employer is about to start an EB2 PERM case for me. I did not work as a manager in India, so I do not qualify for EB1(c). Do I have to move to H1B to proceed with the EB2 case?

Answer There is no conflict between being in L1A status and having a PERM case filed on one's behalf.Note, however, that the maximum amount of time a person may remain in L1A status is seven years. Unlike the H1B category, which allows a person to extend...

15 Jun 2023

My previous employer is refusing to provide me with an employment verification letter. For my EB3 case, can I use affidavits from my former coworkers as evidence of my prior work experience?

Answer Generally, if it is not possible to get an employment verification letter from the prior employer, it is possible to use coworker affidavits as evidence of past employment experience. (14.Jun.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our...

16 May 2023

In 2020, my I-140 was approved for a position as a Senior Engineer. My employer recently promoted me to Engineering Manager. Does the company need to file a new PERM case for me?

Answer If there has been a material change to the nature of the position (as described on the ETA9089 form) that typically would require a new PERM labor certification and I-140 petition for that new position. Given that you have an approved I-140, however, you should...