15 Jul 2020

When is the absolute last point in time that a spouse can join on I-485 for employment-based green card?

Answer To be included as a "dependent" on an employment-based I-485 petition, one must be MARRIED before the lead applicant receives approval of the I-485. (13.Jul.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here....

13 Jul 2020

NewsFlash! Consulates May Begin Phased Resumption of Visa Services, Effective July 15th

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced via Twitter that "[b]eginning July 15, US Embassies and Consulates may begin the phased resumption of routine visa services depending on local conditions." No further details have been provided.As previously reported, the consulates are not expected to...

08 Jul 2020

In the current situation, is premium processing time affected? Is the turnaround for premium processing the same as before?

Answer Premium processing time appears to be unaffected presently. However, given the current uncertainty regarding USCIS funding, it is unclear how long this will continue. (06.Jun.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here....

17 Jun 2020

I am a U.S. citizen, and my parents are currently visiting from India. They had planned on going home in May, but that has not been possible. Can I sponsor them for a green card now? Does President Trump’s executive order prohibit that?

Answer U.S. citizens normally can apply for their parents' "green cards" if they are physically present in the U.S. and have been legally admitted. This is done by filing an application for adjustment of status. The rules from the Trump administration, thus far, have had no...

09 Jun 2020

I am in India and have an approved H1B petition with a new employer. I was scheduled to get my H1B visa “stamp” in March, but the consulates were closed. Can the employer start a PERM case for me now? Or, do I have to wait until I come to the U.S.?

Answer Ordinarily, a U.S. company can initiate the PERM process at any time, even if the beneficiary has not yet joined the company and/or is not in the United States. (09.Jun.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our...