29 Dec 2021

Based on the rule change, I believe I am now eligible to use the drop box option. However, I still cannot secure an interview waiver appointment at the consulate in Chennai. Any chance appointments will open up in the near future?

Answer Trying to secure an appointment at a consulate has been an issue throughout the pandemic. The recent change to allow many more visa applicants to be eligible for an interview waiver (i.e., drop box) is a big step in the right direction, but it will...

23 Dec 2021

I am a green card holder and was visiting family in India when the pandemic began. I remained in India for more than one year, and then was issued an SB1. I am now back in the U.S. Do I need to apply for a new green card?

Answer Generally speaking, if a lawful permanent resident (i.e., "green card" holder) returns to the U.S. after being issued an SB1, the existing green card remains valid through the expiration date on the card. (22.Dec.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law....

18 Nov 2021

I am a U.S. citizen and I sponsored my mother for a green card. Due to backlogs, the earliest date I could get for her appointment at the consulate is about 6 months from now. In the meantime, can she visit me on her tourist visa?

Answer Immigration officers at the U.S. ports of entry generally have discretion to admit a person on a B-1/B-2 visitor visa while that individual has a green card case pending. However, to be admitted on a B-1/B-2 visa, the foreign national typically must demonstrate a lack...

18 Nov 2021

I am residing in Canada, but have an H1B job offer within driving distance. Can I live in Canada and commute to the U.S. each day to work in the H1B position?

Answer Yes, this is a fairly common situation. U.S. immigration law does not prohibit a person from residing in Canada (or Mexico) and regularly commuting to the U.S. to work in H1B status. (18.Nov.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For...