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...

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...

11 Mar 2024

April 2024 Visa Bulletin

Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the April 2024 Visa Bulletin. This month's visa bulletin also provides some predictions for movement in the coming months. All cutoff dates listed refer to those in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A), unless otherwise specified. Visa...

26 Feb 2024

EB2 or EB3: Understanding the Difference

The Murthy Law Firm periodically receives questions from those who do not know the categories of their pending employment-based permanent residence ("green card") cases. This is a useful piece of information, which determines timeframes and options for an individual or family. While generally available from...