01 Dec 2021

Teleconference: 2021 Changes of the Biden Administration

Immigration changes under the Biden Administration and the impacts these have had on employees are the topic for discussion in this session.Employers and their representatives are invited to participate in the teleconference scheduled for December 01, 2021 – another in this series designed especially for...

29 Jul 2021

I am going to India to get married, and then am going to honeymoon for two weeks on a Caribbean island. I will apply for a visa at the consulate there. Will I need to also apply for a national interest exception (NIE) because of the travel ban?

Answer The COVID-related travel ban generally applies if the person has been in India (or one of the other restricted countries, such as China, the United Kingdom, and the Schengen area), within the previous 14 days. If a person leaves India and spends 14 days in...

29 Jul 2021

I am in the U.S. visiting my brother, who is a U.S. citizen. If my brother sponsors me for a green card, can I stay in the U.S.?

Answer A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old typically can sponsor a sibling for a green card under the family-based, fourth preference (FB4) category. However, the pending or approved I-130 petition does not provide any immediate immigration benefits. Rather, one would need to...

29 Jul 2021

Visa Processing by NVC and Consular Posts During COVID-19 Pandemic

With the ongoing pandemic, there have been severe backlogs in immigrant visa processing at U.S. consular posts. The overwhelming majority of consular posts still have limited capacity to process immigrant visas. Due to the delayed visa interviews during the pandemic, the National Visa Center (NVC)...

22 Jul 2021

My daughter is a U.S. citizen who will turn 21 next year. She lives with me and her father in Singapore. Can she sponsor us for green cards when she turns 21, or does she have to move to the U.S. first?

Answer Generally speaking, a U.S. citizen living abroad may sponsor her parents for green cards when she turns 21, as long as she plans on moving to the U.S. once the immigrant visas are issued. (On occasion, we have seen consulates require the U.S. citizen child...

22 Jul 2021

My H1B extension was recently approved, granting me an I-94 valid through 2023. However, the visa stamp in my passport has expired. Am I eligible to change to a new employer, or do I need to first get a new visa stamp?

Answer The expiration date of one's visa "stamp" would typically have no impact on the ability to change to a new employer. (22.Jul.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs...

22 Jul 2021

I recently was granted an emergency appointment by the consulate to apply for a B-2 visa. Does that mean that my national interest exception (NIE) will be granted?

Answer No, being granted an emergency appointment does not necessarily mean that an NIE will be granted. (22.Jul.2021)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 © 2021, MURTHY LAW...