20 Jan 2018

Government Shutdown Now in Effect

A partial shutdown of the federal government is now in effect because Congress was unable to pass a new budget or continuing resolution. This also means that several immigration programs, including the regional center portion of the employment-based, fifth preference immigrant investor program is temporarily...

18 Jan 2018

Potential Government Shutdown After January 19, 2018

With less than a week left to pass a spending bill to extend government operations, there is a possibility that the U.S. government will be forced to shut down temporarily as of midnight on January 19, 2018. Such shutdowns are rare, and there is a...

08 Jan 2018

It has been 7 weeks since I received a 221g Admin Processing notice during my H1B visa interview. Can my company or I contact the USCIS to expedite the process?

Answer USCIS generally has nothing to do with a visa application at the consulate. One can eMail the consulate directly, but this works inconsistently. Two to three months is the norm for 221g requests at this point. (08.Jan.2018)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and...

08 Jan 2018

My OPT expires in June 2019, and I am being sponsored for an H1B cap case this year. I need to travel to India at the end of April for a couple of weeks. Will that impact my H1B?

Answer Very likely, the H1B filed in April could be approved only for consular processing, not for a change of status. This means that, assuming the H1B case is selected in the lottery and approved, one in this situation would probably need to depart the U.S....

22 Dec 2017

NewsFlash! Government Shutdown Again Temporarily Avoided, EB5 Extended

Once again, Congress has passed a short-term bill to fund the federal government for a few weeks. The federal budget is now extended through January 19, 2018. This bill also extends the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) regional center program for the same time period.No action...

08 Dec 2017

NewsFlash! Government Shutdown Temporarily Averted, EB5 Extended

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed a stopgap bill to fund the federal government through Friday, December 22, 2017. This bill also serves to extend the employment-based, fifth preference (EB5) regional center program for the same time period. This stopgap bill was passed by the...

13 Nov 2017

My H1B visa was refused by the consulate because they had concerns related to my employer’s right to control my work. My wife is in the U.S. working in H1B status. Can I now apply for an H-4 visa?

Answer Generally speaking, being denied issuance an H1B visa would not prevent a person from qualifying for an H-4 visa. (13.Nov.2017)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law in real time. For details on chat participation,...

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