26 Mar 2020

My employer’s business has closed because of the outbreak, and I have been laid off from my H1B position. I do not wish to return to India right now, because of health concerns. Do I have any options to remain in the U.S.?

Answer Assuming your I-94 is still valid, you likely are eligible for a 60-day grace period (or until the end of your I-94 period, whichever comes first). If you need to stay in the U.S. beyond that point, you may be able to apply for a...

20 Mar 2020

NewsFlash! USCIS Temporarily Accepting Forms with Photocopied Signatures

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that, effective March 21, 2020, it will begin accepting all benefit forms and documents with reproduced signatures. Per the announcement, "[t]his means that a document may be scanned, faxed, photocopied, or similarly reproduced provided that the...

20 Mar 2020

NewsFlash! USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for All I-129s and I-140s

Effective immediately, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending the availability of premium processing service for all form I-129 and form I-140 petitions. The USCIS will continue to provide premium-processing service for cases for which the I-907 request for premium processing has...

19 Mar 2020

Murthy Attorneys Offer Special Teleconference on U.S. Immigration Impacts of COVID-19

Attorneys at the Murthy Law Firm will hold a special teleconference on March 25, 2020 at 2:00pm (Eastern Time, U.S.). They will discuss the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on U.S. immigration. Visit this page the morning of March 25th for details on...

19 Mar 2020

I heard that the USCIS shut down its field offices. Will this impact my pending H1B extension? What about my wife’s H-4 application?

Answer For the time being, the USCIS service centers are still in operation. This means that many types of applications and petitions, including H1B petitions, should continue to be processed. However, biometrics appointments are on hold. Therefore, if your wife has not yet had her biometrics...