12 Oct 2023

My friend and I are both in H1B status and are thinking of investing in a hotel together. We then want to use that investment to apply for green cards through the EB5 category. Is that possible?

Answer If two or more EB5 investors wish to invest in the same project, the investment must be made through a regional center. (12.Oct.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

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...

21 Sep 2023
14 Sep 2023

At the end of 2021, I filed an EB5 case based on an investment of $500,000 in a regional center located in a rural area. My I-526 is still pending. Can I now make an additional $400,000 investment so that I fall under the new EB5 rural category? And would this allow me to then file my I-485, since that EB5 category is current?

Answer No. What you are proposing generally would not work. If you wish to fall under one of the new EB5 sub-categories (e.g., EB5 set aside; rural), you would need to make a new $900,000 investment and then file an I-526 petition (or I-526E petition, if...

14 Sep 2023

I am a U.S. citizen but have been living in India for several years. I am soon getting married to an Indian citizen. Can I sponsor her for a green card, even though I don’t live in the U.S.?

Answer Generally speaking, a U.S. citizen living abroad may sponsor their spouse for a green card, as long as they plan to move to the U.S. once the immigrant visas are issued. (14.Sep.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information...

07 Sep 2023

Last year, my wife and I filed our I-485 applications. After her AP was issued, her employer asked her to move back to their headquarters in India for a temporary assignment. Is there a limit on how long she is allowed to stay abroad with her I-485 pending?

Answer There is not a specific limit to the amount of time a person with a pending I-485 can remain outside the U.S. The issue, however, is how the individual will be able to return. If the applicant is relying on the AP document, she must...

17 Aug 2023

I last entered on advance parole. My online I-94 shows my class of admission as “DA” and it expires in a few months. What does DA mean, and do I need to apply for an extension?

Answer DA is the class of admission generally granted to someone who is admitted on advance parole. Assuming your I-485 is still pending, there typically would be no need to take any action based on the expiration date listed. (17.Aug.2023)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide...

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...