10 Jul 2024

My H1B lottery case is pending. I have an emergency and need to fly back to India. Is it true that, if I leave, my status request will be denied?

Answer Generally speaking, if a person travels while an H1B change of status petition is pending, the change of status request is considered abandoned. This means that, while the H1B petition itself can still be approved, it will only be approved for consular processing (i.e., it...

10 Jul 2024

I have an H1B visa in my Indian passport. I recently became an Australian citizen. Is it possible to transfer the visa to my Australian passport, or to travel based on the visa that is in my Indian passport?

Answer Unfortunately, no. There generally is no way to transfer a U.S. visa from one passport to another. In situations where you simply renew a passport issued by the same country, and you have a valid visa in your old passport, it normally is possible to...

03 Jul 2024

I am in H1B status, and my family is in H-4. Our I-94s were all extended through 2027, but our visa stamps expired last year. My wife and kids wish to travel to India for a few weeks. Can they go for stamping, even though I plan to stay in the U.S., or do I have to apply first?

Answer Generally speaking, if the principal spouse is in valid H1B status, it is possible for the dependents to apply for H-4 visa “stamps.” There normally is no need for the H1B worker to obtain a new H1B visa unless and until s/he will be traveling...

19 Jun 2024

I am applying for a visitor visa and my brother in the U.S. offered to fill out an affidavit of support for me. Will that improve my chance of approval?

Answer If you have enough funds to cover the cost of your trip on your own, we typically recommend against submitting an I-134 affidavit of support when applying for a B-1/B-2 visa application.  (19.Jun.2024)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...

29 May 2024

My employer is filing my H1B for consular processing. I am Indian, but I am currently working in the EU. Can I apply for my visa in Europe, or do I have to apply at a consulate in India?

Answer In many cases, is not necessary to go to one's home country to apply for a visa. But, before applying at a consular post as a third country national (TCN), one should look to see if the post has any restrictions regarding TCN applicants. The...

01 May 2024
01 May 2024