18 Apr 2024

My daughter is a high school student in H-4 status. She was offered a paid summer internship that would be great experience for when she applies for college. She asked the company if she could accept the internship without pay, but the company said they must pay her because of Department of Labor rules. Is there any way get an H-4 EAD?

Answer Unfortunately, the H-4 EAD rule only applies for H-4 spouses. Regardless of the reason behind the request, the USCIS cannot approve an H-4 EAD application filed on behalf of an H-4 dependent child.  (17.Apr.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

04 Apr 2024

Murthy Snapshot: USCIS Increases Automatic Extension for Certain EAD Renewals

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) soon will publish a temporary final rule in the Federal Register that will increase the automatic extension period of certain employment authorization documents (EADs) while the form I-765 renewal application is pending. Here are the key points you...

03 Apr 2024

After my I-140 petition was approved, my son aged out before the priority date became current. My I-485 was recently approved, and I now plan to sponsor my son for a green card. Can I use the priority date from my old I-140?

Answer Unfortunately, no, the priority date from one's I-140 cannot be transferred to an I-130 petition. (03.Apr.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 LAW FIRM....

27 Mar 2024

My current advance parole expired a few months ago, and I am now applying for a new one. If I leave the U.S. now, will the USCIS deny my AP application?

Answer There is a good chance that the USCIS will deny the pending I-131 application based on the travel. Unfortunately, the USCIS has a policy that, for initial AP applications – or for applications where the previous AP has expired – the applicant generally must remain...

27 Mar 2024

My I-140 is approved in the EB1 category and the priority date is current. I am in India, but will soon return to the U.S. My wife will not come to the U.S. for several months. When I arrive in the U.S., can I file the I-485 applications for both of us?

Answer You can file your own I-485 application, but your wife must be physically in the U.S. in order to file her I-485. (17.Mar.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

25 Mar 2024

USCIS Updates Policy Guidance for Expedite Requests

On March 21, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the USCIS Policy Manual clarifying certain criteria for expedite requests. The update also provides additional guidance on how to submit expedite requests to the USCIS and how they are processed. Overview of USCIS Policy...

21 Mar 2024

Importance of Accurate & Consistent Birth Documents in Immigration Filings

The Murthy Law Firm routinely receives calls from individuals asking how to deal with birth documents that have incorrect information. Foreign nationals seeking to apply for U.S. immigration benefits should ensure that the birth information on official documents, like birth certificates and passports, is accurate....

20 Mar 2024

My PERM was filed about 9 months ago. My H1B expires in about 5 months, at which point I will have reached my full 6 years of H1B time. Do I need to wait until the PERM has been pending a full 365 days before we file my H1B extension requesting an additional year?

Answer Generally speaking, it is possible to request a 7th year extension of H1B status before a PERM has been pending for the full 365 days, as long as the requested start date is within the next six months, and as long as the PERM will...