12 Jan 2023

About five years ago, my sister, who is a U.S. citizen, sponsored me for a green card. Can I use that priority date for my EB3 case sponsored by my employer?

Answer No, unfortunately, it normally is not possible to take a priority date from a family-based case and apply it to an employment-based case. (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...

22 Dec 2022
20 Oct 2022

My father is a green card holder and filed a green card case for me a couple of years ago. I was in India at the time, so the case was filed for consular processing. Now, I am in the U.S. as an F-1 student. Can I apply for adjustment of status now?

Answer The fact that the I-130 petition was filed for consular processing would not prevent the beneficiary from instead applying for adjustment of status. However, until the priority date is current, it generally is not possible to file an I-485 application. (19.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior...

22 Sep 2022

My EB2 I-485 was approved a few days ago. My wife’s I-485, which is also based on my I-140, is still pending. My priority date will no longer be current in October. What happens if her case is not approved before October 1st?

Answer The USCIS generally cannot approve an I-485 if the priority date of the underlying I-140 is no longer current. Therefore, if your wife's case is not approved before October 1st, it likely will remain pending until the date becomes current again (or some other action...

07 Jul 2022

My company filed an I-140 petition for me, which is still pending. I plan on getting married to a green card holder next month. After we are married, can my wife file an I-130 for me, or would I need to first withdraw the I-140?

Answer Ordinarily, having a pending or approved I-140 would not impact a person's ability to be the beneficiary of an I-130 petition. There typically would be no need to withdraw the I-140 petition. (06.Jul.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...

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...

02 Jun 2022

My wife and I filed I-485 applications based on her EB3 I-140. Can I now interfile my I-485 based on my EB2 I-140?

Answer Yes, generally speaking, the fact that one's I-485 is pending based on a spouse's I-140 would not prevent the person from interfiling based on one's own I-140 petition. (01.Jun.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE...

26 May 2022

I am a U.S. citizen, and just turned 21. I would like to sponsor my parents for green cards; but as a full-time student my income is limited. Any options to still sponsor them?

Answer In completing an I-864 Affidavit of Support form, the individual sponsoring a family member for permanent residence normally must demonstrate income at a level equal to or above 125 percent of the federal poverty guideline level. If the sponsor does not have a sufficient annual...

24 Mar 2022

I am a U.S. citizen and I sponsored by brother for a green card a few years ago. He is applying for an H1B visa at the consulate. Do I need to withdraw the family-based case before he applies for the visa?

Answer No, there normally would be no need to withdraw a family-based case for someone who is applying for an H1B visa. A pending family-base case typically would have no impact on the H1B visa process.  (23.Mar.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies...