28 Jul 2020

NewsFlash! Initial DACA and Advance Parole Applications to be Rejected, per DHS New Memo

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this afternoon that it will reject all initial DACA and advance parole applications either already pending or future initial requests, and shorten new renewals to one-year validity period, instead of the two-year period. DHS issued a Memorandum...

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...

16 Jul 2020

NewsFlash! DOS Announces Limited Exceptions to Trump’s Order that Targets Nonimmigrant Workers

Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced a short list of exceptions to President Trump's April 22 and June 22, 2020 executive orders that prevent admission of certain foreign nationals. Notably, the announcement excepts "… spouses and children of certain visa class holders, such...

15 Jul 2020

NewsFlash: H1B and H-4 Visa Applicants Sue Trump Administration Over President’s Order that Targets Nonimmigrant Workers

A large group of H1B and H-4 visa applicants have filed the first lawsuit against the Trump Administration's June 22, 2020, proclamation that prohibits the admission of certain nonimmigrants. Importantly, the lawsuit not only requests the court to rule on each individual's visa application, but...