15 Apr 2019

I am a U.S. citizen, and I filed an I-130 for my parents. However, they do not yet wish to apply for green cards. In the meantime, are they allowed to visit me on their B-2 visas?

Answer Someone who is the beneficiary of a pending or approved I-130 petition likely will be subject to a higher degree of scrutiny and questioning by CBP if they try to enter the U.S. as a visitor. (15.Apr.2019)In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and...

04 Mar 2019

I am a U.S. citizen and filed an I-130 petition for my mother, which was just approved. Can my mother come to the U.S. now on her B-1/B-2 visa, and then file her I-485?

Answer Generally speaking, no, this is not permitted. Entering the U.S in B-1/B-2 status with the preconceived intention to file for adjustment of status is considered to be fraudulent by the government. You may want to consult with an attorney to determine how best to proceed....

04 Feb 2019

I am a U.S. citizen. Is it possible to sponsor my fiancé from Nigeria even though we have never met in-person?

Answer Normally, to be eligible for a K-1 visa, the couple must have met physically within two years prior. There are exceptions in which this is impermissible culturally, but these cases generally are difficult to get approved by the USCIS. (04.Feb.2019)In frequent sessions of our Chat,...

07 Jan 2019

I am applying for U.S. citizenship. On the N-400 application, do I have to disclose a speeding ticket? If so, do I need to bring a copy of the ticket to my interview?

Answer In general, traffic citations should be disclosed on the N-400. It generally would not be necessary to provide a copy of the ticket, if it is just a moving violation. DUI or other more serious offenses always require court documents. (07.Jan.2019)In frequent sessions of our...

27 Dec 2018

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....

12 Nov 2018

On the N-400 application, one of the questions asks whether I have ever been arrested, cited, or detained by law enforcement. Do I need to list a traffic citation, like a speeding ticket, even though I was not arrested?

Answer Question 23 of the N-400 asks for any citations. A speeding ticket is a citation, and therefore you should answer yes to the question. For question 29, which asks for details of any such citations, you should provide the details of the ticket/s. In addition,...