14 Jan 2021

I filed my I-485 application at the end of October, but I still have not received a receipt notice and my filing fee checks have not been cashed. Is there any way I can follow up on my application?

Answer The USCIS is experiencing significant delays in issuing receipt notices for the I-485s filed at lockboxes in October. You can try sending an eMail to the USCIS lockbox support at lockboxsupport@uscis.dhs.gov. However, it appears that many of these inquiries are going unanswered.  (14.Jan.2021)Sheela Murthy and...

14 Jan 2021

Given the processing delays for I-485 filings, is it possible the Biden Administration will eliminate the interview requirement for employment-based cases?

Answer The interview requirement for all employment-based I-485 applications was implemented by the Trump Administration in 2017. Undoubtedly, that is one of the factors that has led to USCIS processing delays. It is possible the Biden Administration could reverse this requirement. However, as of yet, there...

31 Dec 2020

Update on COVID-Related Delays at USCIS

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly exacerbated delays and backlogs at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). These delays have been especially pronounced with regard to the scheduling of biometrics appointments at application support centers (ASCs) and in the issuance of receipt notices. Update on Biometrics...

30 Dec 2020

I failed to include the correct filing fee when I filed my I-485 in October, so the USCIS rejected it. Now, my priority date is no longer current. Can I refile now with the correct fee?

Answer If the I-485 application was properly rejected, one typically would not be able to refile the I-485 until the priority date is again current. (30.Dec.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here....

30 Dec 2020

My employer wishes to sponsor me for an L-1 position, but I am not able to get an appointment at the consulate. Can I enter on my B-1 visa and then apply for a change to L-1 status?

Answer Generally speaking, a foreign national is not permitted to enter the U.S. on a B-1 visa with the intention of applying for a change of status. (30.Dec.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services,...