05 Jun 2024

A couple of years ago, I ported the priority date from my previous employer’s I-140 to the I-140 filed by my new employer. My old employer recently contacted me, and I am considering a move back to them. Would they have to re-file my PERM and I-140 because I ported the priority date?

Answer Requesting retention of a priority date does not void or otherwise invalidate the original I-140. If the previous employer did not withdraw the I-140, and if the position being offered to you is the same, it is possible that the same I-140 still could be...

30 May 2024

Murthy Snapshot: USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Petitions

On May 22, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on the processing and adjudication of form I-130, petition for alien relative, which is filed in family-based immigration cases. Here are the key points you need...

29 May 2024

I got married to a green card holder last year, and he sponsored me for a green card. The petition is still pending, but our marriage has been a very poor match, and we have already separated. When he withdraws the petition, will this prevent me from applying for a visa or green card in the future?

Answer Generally speaking, having an I-130 petition filed and then withdrawn would not prevent a person from applying for a visa or green card in the future. This information would have to be disclosed, as appropriate, however, such as on the DS-160, where it asks if...

29 May 2024
29 May 2024

My employer is filing my H1B for consular processing. I am Indian, but I am currently working in the EU. Can I apply for my visa in Europe, or do I have to apply at a consulate in India?

Answer In many cases, is not necessary to go to one's home country to apply for a visa. But, before applying at a consular post as a third country national (TCN), one should look to see if the post has any restrictions regarding TCN applicants. The...

27 May 2024

Murthy Success: EB1(a) Approved for Computer Networking and Info Security Expert

The Murthy Law Firm regularly assists foreign nationals in filing self-sponsored immigrant petitions under the EB1(a) category as persons of extraordinary ability (EA). In one such case, the immigrant petition (form I-140) was filed for an expert in the field of computer networking and information...

22 May 2024

I am working based on an H-4 EAD, which is valid until next year. My husband may be laid off next month. If that happens, am I allowed to keep working during our grace period?

Answer Yes, ordinarily, the H-4 spouse may continue to work based on the EAD during the grace period.  (22.May.2024)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 © 2024, MURTHY...