24 Dec 2020

I hear there is now the possibility of a government shutdown, starting next week. Is that true?

Answer Unfortunately, yes! Everyone thought the shutdown was averted after representatives from the White House negotiated a compromise deal with Congress for a spending bill, which included a stimulus package. However, after Congress passed the omnibus spending bill, Trump announced that he was not happy with...

22 Dec 2020

USCIS Extends Flexibility for Responding to Requests Until Jan 31, 2021

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again extended the response time flexibility, initially announced on March 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This flexibility applies to applicants and petitioners responding to any of the following, issued from March 1, 2020 through January...

03 Sep 2020

I am a physician and have two years left to qualify for a waiver to my J-1 home residency requirement. I will soon be marrying a U.S. citizen. Do I still need to get the waiver before I can get a green card through my spouse?

Answer Normally, in order to apply for a green card through a U.S. citizen spouse, one would still need to obtain the waiver to home residency requirement. (03.Sep.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services,...

27 Aug 2020

Immigration Benefits After Death of Qualifying Relative

204(l) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) governs the eligibility for certain continued immigration benefits to surviving family members through a deceased qualifying relative. 204(l) applies to the principal and any derivative beneficiaries of a pending or approved family-based visa petition, any derivative beneficiaries...

23 Jul 2020

My sister is a U.S. citizen. If she sponsors me for a green card, can I use the form I-130 to extend my H1B status beyond the 6-year max?

Answer No, one may not use a pending or approved I-130 petition as a basis to extend H1B status. (20.Jul.2020)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 © 2020,...

23 Jul 2020

I have applied to become a U.S. citizen and am just waiting to be sworn in. Once I become a citizen, how long do I have to wait to sponsor my parents for green cards?

Answer Ordinarily, a U.S. citizen who is at least 21-years-of-age is permitted to sponsor their parents for green cards. Once the naturalization process is complete, there is no requirement that the person wait any period of time before initiating this process. (20.Jul.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior...