14 Jan 2021

I was working in H1B status but am now working for an affiliate in Canada. Can the U.S. company file a PERM case for me while I am outside the U.S.?

Answer Yes. Ordinarily, a company can file a PERM case for an individual regardless of whether the person is in the United States.  (14.Jan.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

07 Jan 2021

The I-140 filed by my current employer was recently approved. If I move to a new employer now, do I still get to keep my priority date?

Answer Yes, once an I-140 has been approved, the beneficiary typically gets to retain the priority date. (07.Jan.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...

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...

24 Dec 2020

I hear there is now the possibility of a government shutdown, starting next week. Is that true?

Answer Unfortunately, yes! Everyone thought the shutdown was averted after representatives from the White House negotiated a compromise deal with Congress for a spending bill, which included a stimulus package. However, after Congress passed the omnibus spending bill, Trump announced that he was not happy with...

22 Dec 2020

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Requests Until Jan 31, 2021

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again extended the response time flexibility, initially announced on March 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This flexibility applies to applicants and petitioners responding to any of the following, issued from March 1, 2020 through January...