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)...

08 Apr 2021

I am a U.S. citizen, and I filed an I-130 for my mother. She would like to visit me on her B-2 visa for a few weeks. She has no desire to apply for adjustment of status, as she needs to go back to India to take care of some things before getting her green card. Is it ok for her to come on her B-2?

Answer Technically speaking, there is no rule that prohibits a foreign national with an approved immediate relative I-130 petition from requesting admission in B-2 status. However, CBP has the discretion to deny admission based on immigrant intent. And, unless the individual can provide a compelling reason...

18 Jun 2018

In July, my priority date will be current. My wife is pregnant, so we do not want to do medicals for her right now. Is it ok for me to submit my medicals, but have my wife delay submitting her medicals?

Answer Normally, in this situation, one would simply submit the I-485 without the medical exam, or submit the medical exam with a doctor's notation that some of the vaccinations could not be performed because of the pregnancy. This can be updated at a later date. (18.Jun.2018)In...

16 Jan 2018

February 2018 Visa Bulletin: Slight Movement, Short-Term Predictions

The February 2018 Visa Bulletin was released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) this afternoon. China sees some slightly faster-than-expected movement in the employment-based categories, but the rest is largely in line with previous predictions. This upcoming visa bulletin also includes some predictions for...

31 Jan 2017

MurthyChat Transcript from Jan 30, 2017: The President’s Executive Order

Are Indian immigrants being stopped and verified at domestic airports in USA? Can we travel around the USA? Answer Domestic travel would not involve inspection at a CBP border checkpoint, so should not be an issue.---I am a GC holder and currently on vacation in India. Does...

29 Dec 2016

NewsFlash! USCIS Agrees to Accept Previous Editions of Most Forms Until Feb 21, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the following announcement this afternoon: When new fees for most of our forms went into effect on December 23, 2016, we published updated versions of the forms at uscis.gov/forms. We strongly encourage customers to submit these new versions,...

23 Dec 2016

NewsFlash! USCIS Issues Slew of Revised Forms; Prior Versions No Longer Valid for Most

Please read the 29.Dec.16 update on this information. Updated Information This afternoon, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued a practice alert related to the new forms. It states, in part: AILA reached out to USCIS … to demand a grace period during which prior form versions could...