01 Dec 2021

Teleconference: 2021 Changes of the Biden Administration

Immigration changes under the Biden Administration and the impacts these have had on employees are the topic for discussion in this session.Employers and their representatives are invited to participate in the teleconference scheduled for December 01, 2021 – another in this series designed especially for...

29 Jul 2021

I am in the U.S. visiting my brother, who is a U.S. citizen. If my brother sponsors me for a green card, can I stay in the U.S.?

Answer A U.S. citizen who is at least 21 years old typically can sponsor a sibling for a green card under the family-based, fourth preference (FB4) category. However, the pending or approved I-130 petition does not provide any immediate immigration benefits. Rather, one would need to...

29 Jul 2021

Visa Processing by NVC and Consular Posts During COVID-19 Pandemic

With the ongoing pandemic, there have been severe backlogs in immigrant visa processing at U.S. consular posts. The overwhelming majority of consular posts still have limited capacity to process immigrant visas. Due to the delayed visa interviews during the pandemic, the National Visa Center (NVC)...

22 Jul 2021

My daughter is a U.S. citizen who will turn 21 next year. She lives with me and her father in Singapore. Can she sponsor us for green cards when she turns 21, or does she have to move to the U.S. first?

Answer Generally speaking, a U.S. citizen living abroad may sponsor her parents for green cards when she turns 21, as long as she plans on moving to the U.S. once the immigrant visas are issued. (On occasion, we have seen consulates require the U.S. citizen child...

15 Jul 2021

I have a pending I-485 and a valid advance parole (AP) document. I need to travel to India. Am I subject to the COVID travel ban, or can I use the AP to return to the U.S.?

Answer In the list of exceptions to the COVID-related travel ban, there is no mention of individuals with AP. This presumably means that a person with an AP must obtain a national interest exception (NIE) in order to return to the U.S.Based on anecdotal reports, it...

15 Jul 2021

I invested in a regional center and filed my EB5 case several years ago. It was approved a few months ago, so I filed my I-485 application, along with my EAD application. Will the USCIS continue to adjudicate my applications, even though the regional center program has expired?

Answer For now, the USCIS will not adjudicate any I-485 applications filed based on an I-526 petition, where the investment was made in a regional center. Assuming Congress renews the program, the USCIS is expected to resume processing these I-485 applications.As for the EAD application (form...

15 Jul 2021

I have a pending I-485 based on my husband’s approved I-140. We are currently separated, and it will take many months before the divorce can be finalized. Will this impact my green card case?

Answer If the divorce is finalized before the I-485 is approved, your case should be denied by the USCIS. However, if the green card is issued before the divorce is official, the divorce typically would have no impact on the green card.  (15.Jul.2021)Sheela Murthy and other...