05 Jun 2024

When I was a green card holder, I sponsored my adult, unmarried daughter for a green card. I have since become a U.S. citizen. If my daughter marries, can her pending case be converted to the married daughter category?

Answer Unfortunately, no. If your daughter marries now, the family-based, second preference "B" (FB2B) case you filed for her would no longer be approvable. Instead, generally, you would have to start from scratch with a family-based, third preference (FB3) case. (05.Jun.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys...

30 May 2024

Murthy Snapshot: USCIS Updates Guidance for Family-Based Immigrant Petitions

On May 22, 2024, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released updated guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on the processing and adjudication of form I-130, petition for alien relative, which is filed in family-based immigration cases. Here are the key points you need...

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...

13 Mar 2024

I got a green card through my employer, and I have a son who is a U.S. citizen by birth. We have decided to move back to India for a few years due to family reasons, which will mean giving up my green card. When my son turns 21, can he sponsor me for another green card?

Answer The fact that you had a green card and then abandoned it typically would not prevent you from being sponsored by your U.S. citizen child for another green card (once the child reaches the age of 21). (13.Mar.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance...

22 Feb 2024

Murthy Takes Action: Firm Pushes for Increase in Number of Green Card Available Annually

The attorneys in our firm regularly track governmental policies and takes action to improve the immigration process for our clients and the immigration community at large. To that end, the Murthy Law Firm recently submitted a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Department of State...

08 Feb 2024

Filing an I-130 Petition at a U.S. Consulate in Exceptional Circumstances

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have a special, expedited I-130 form, petition for an alien relative, filing procedure for a U.S. citizen living abroad facing exceptional circumstances. In eligible situations, this procedure can help reduce the...

18 Jan 2024

I am a green card holder and am traveling overseas for a work assignment. I am in the process of filing a form I-131 application for a reentry permit. Am I allowed to travel while that application is pending?

Answer A green card holder generally must be in the U.S. when the reentry permit application is filed, and typically must be here to provide biometrics. However, they generally can then depart the U.S. while the application is pending without impacting the pending case. (18.Jan.2024)Sheela Murthy...