09 Jun 2022

I have a friend who got a green card issued more quickly because he filed a second I-485 instead of interfiling his upgrade case. Is filing a second I-485 really a better option to get a green card more quickly?

Answer Normally, filing a second I-485 is not recommended and does not result in the green card being issued more quickly. To the contrary, if the USCIS officer reviewing the case follows the proper procedure, filing a second I-485 typically will result in additional delay.To be...

02 Jun 2022

My wife and I filed I-485 applications based on her EB3 I-140. Can I now interfile my I-485 based on my EB2 I-140?

Answer Yes, generally speaking, the fact that one's I-485 is pending based on a spouse's I-140 would not prevent the person from interfiling based on one's own I-140 petition. (01.Jun.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE...

02 Jun 2022

My H1B was not selected in the lottery, so I am going to continue working for my employer on STEM OPT. Is it possible for the company to initiate the PERM process for me now, or do I first need to get into H1B status?

Answer There is no requirement that a person be in H1B status for a company to initiate a PERM case for that individual.  (01.Jun.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more...

24 Mar 2022

I received my green card in the EB2 category last month. I wish to remain with my existing employer, but also to work a second job. Would that jeopardize my green card?

Answer If a person continues to work in the green card position, working a second job concurrently typically would not jeopardize the green card (or future naturalization application).  (23.Mar.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online...

03 Mar 2022

I was working for a company abroad as a manager for more than one year, and my employer then transferred me to the U.S. on H1B. Can they sponsor me for a green card through the EB1(c) multinational manager / executive category, or do I have to be moved to L1A status, first?

Answer There is no requirement that a foreign national be in L1A status before being sponsored for a green card through the EB1(c) category. Being in H1B status would not prevent an employer for filing an EB1(c) case on your behalf, assuming you meet all the...