23 Apr 2020

My H1B extension was recently denied, and my I-94 has already expired. I am unable to leave the U.S. right now due to the pandemic. Is there any grace period being offered because of COVID-19?

Answer Unfortunately, the USCIS has not offered any additional grace periods based on the pandemic. It is possible to apply for a change to B-2 status nunc pro tunc, which is a discretionary benefit that the USCIS can grant. Please see the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, B-2 Option...

23 Apr 2020

My wife applied for an H-4 EAD several months ago, and the application is still pending. If the pandemic slows processing times, will she be permitted to keep working after her EAD expires?

Answer No, one cannot work based on a pending H-4 EAD renewal application. The USCIS has not changed this rule based on the COVID-19 outbreak. (23.Apr.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here....

22 Apr 2020

Deadline Extended for Comments on Proposal to Add Bank Details to I-864 Affidavits of Support

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the deadline for the public to submit comments on proposed revisions to the affidavit of support that is required for most family-based immigrant petitions (form I-864), and the corresponding forms I-864A and I-864EZ. The public now...

03 Apr 2020

NewsFlash! AILA Sues DHS, Demands Extension of All Deadlines

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), asking the court to order the DHS to "toll any and all deadlines for initial applications, responses to any and all requests for evidence or other responses...