08 Apr 2021

I am a U.S. citizen, and I filed an I-130 for my mother. She would like to visit me on her B-2 visa for a few weeks. She has no desire to apply for adjustment of status, as she needs to go back to India to take care of some things before getting her green card. Is it ok for her to come on her B-2?

Answer Technically speaking, there is no rule that prohibits a foreign national with an approved immediate relative I-130 petition from requesting admission in B-2 status. However, CBP has the discretion to deny admission based on immigrant intent. And, unless the individual can provide a compelling reason...

01 Apr 2021

I am on F-1 and will soon be marrying a person who has a green card. Once I get married, will that impact my F-1 status?

Answer Getting married to a person with a green card would have no direct impact on one's F-1 status. However, if applying for certain immigration benefits, such as an F-1 visa at a consulate, it is possible this could create problems related to immigrant intent. (01.Apr.2021)Sheela...

01 Apr 2021

I need to get an English translation of a document that I am submitting to the USCIS. Can anyone translate the document, or do I have to hire an official translation service?

Answer Per the USCIS policy manual, "any document containing foreign language submitted to USCIS shall be accompanied by a full English language translation which the translator has certified as complete and accurate, and by the translator's certification that he or she is competent to translate from...

22 Mar 2021

April 2021 Visa Bulletin Check-In

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has launched a new monthly program on YouTube, to allow Charlie Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, to provide insight and predictions related to the visa bulletin. This month, Mr. Oppenheim provides some updated predictions for...

18 Mar 2021

My father is in the U.S. in B-2 status, and his I-94 expires in a couple of weeks. His B-2 visa stamp expires next month. If he applies for a B-2 extension, can he request an end-date beyond the expiration date of the visa stamp?

Answer Ordinarily, the B-2 visa "stamp" must be valid at the time the person requests admission into the United States in B-2 status. Once the person is already in the U.S. in B-2 status, the visa expiration date has no impact on the individual's status. Similarly,...

11 Mar 2021

I am on H1B and my wife is on H-4. If we do not exceed the income limits, are we eligible to get the new round of stimulus checks?

Answer It appears most H1B workers will qualify.As with the previous stimulus bills, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 excludes "nonresident aliens," which is a term defined by tax law. Most H1B workers are considered "resident aliens" under tax law, and therefore not excluded from...

10 Mar 2021

USCIS to Allow Certain I-485 Derivative Applicants to Re-file Rejected Applications

In the wake of the rush of I-485 filings in October 2020, reports began to surface of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rejecting many applications filed by derivatives. Specifically, the USCIS rejected these applications for leaving boxes 3.a. and 9 blank in Part...

04 Mar 2021

I am in H1B status. My sibling is a U.S. citizen and filed an I-130 for me, which was recently approved. Can I use that to now apply for an EAD?

Answer An EAD application cannot typically be filed based on an approved I-130 until the priority date is current and the I-485 application is filed. (04.Mar.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here....