15 Nov 2022

Serious Immigration Consequences for Marijuana, Despite State Law Changes

Legalization or decriminalization of marijuana at the state level can mislead noncitizens into thinking using marijuana in accordance with state law is legal. Marijuana, however, is a controlled substance under federal law. Therefore, the use, sale, purchase, or even the mere possession of marijuana, in...

03 Nov 2022

I am a U.S. citizen and filed an I-130 petition for my mother. She would like to visit me on her B-1/B-2 visa. Is this permitted?

Answer In order to be admitted in B-1/B-2 status, the burden is on the foreign national to demonstrate that she lacks immigrant intent for that particular trip. Given that you filed this petition for an immediate relative – and therefore, not subject to the numerical limitations...

20 Oct 2022

My father is a green card holder and filed a green card case for me a couple of years ago. I was in India at the time, so the case was filed for consular processing. Now, I am in the U.S. as an F-1 student. Can I apply for adjustment of status now?

Answer The fact that the I-130 petition was filed for consular processing would not prevent the beneficiary from instead applying for adjustment of status. However, until the priority date is current, it generally is not possible to file an I-485 application. (19.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior...

05 Oct 2022

I am a U.S. citizen and am sponsoring my brother for a family-based green card. Will the pending I-130 prevent him from being issued an H1B?

Answer Unlike most nonimmigrant visa categories, the H1B category allows for dual intent. Therefore, a pending (or approved) family-based green card case normally would not impact a person's ability to apply for H1B status. (05.Oct.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

01 Sep 2022

My U.S. citizen brother sponsored me for a green card about 10 years ago. That case is still a long way from becoming current. Can I transfer that priority date to my I-140, which was just approved?

Answer No, unfortunately, it normally is not possible to transfer a family-based priority date to an employment-based case (or vice versa). (01.Sep.2022)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here.  Copyright...

29 Aug 2022

DOS Update on U.S. Visa Services at Embassies and U.S. Consular Posts

On August 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) shared a briefing where Ms. Julie M. Stufft, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, discussed the status of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa processing at U.S. embassies and consulates around...

22 Aug 2022

Changing from Adjustment of Status to Consular Processing

For most types of immigrant petitions, such as a family-based petition for an alien relative (form I-130) or an employment-based petition for an alien worker (form I-140), the petitioner must indicate whether the foreign national beneficiary will be applying for adjustment of status (form I-485)...