30 Jun 2020

NewsFlash! Trump Amends Proclamation to Increase Number of Nonimmigrants Subject to Executive Order

Last night, President Trump amended his June 22, 2020 executive order in a small, but significant manner that clarifies and potentially increases the classes of nonimmigrants who are subject to the order. The original version of the executive order stated that, if a foreign national...

03 Jun 2020

My mother is in the U.S. in B-2 status, and her I-94 will expire soon. She has no way to return to India, so she is applying to extend her status. She will return to India as soon as flights resume. Will this prevent her from coming back in B-2 status next year?

Answer There is no set limit to the number of times a person may be admitted in B-2 status, or how many times their status may be extended. CBP officers at the port of entry always have discretion to admit (or deny admission) to a person...

27 May 2020

NewsFlash! USCIS Plans to Resume In-Person Services on 04.Jun.2020

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that routine in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) will resume on June 4, 2020. Per the announcement, the USCIS is following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control...

14 May 2020

My mother is in B-2 status and her I-94 is about to expire. I filed an extension for her last week, but it is still pending. What happens if her extension is not approved before her I-94 expires?

Answer Normally, if an application to extend B-2 status is timely filed, the applicant remains in a period of authorized stay while the application is pending. (14.May.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click...

07 May 2020

I was laid off from my H1B job a few weeks ago, so I filed for a change of status to B-2. I now have a new company willing to sponsor me for an H1B position. Can I start working as soon as the petition is filed?

Answer If you are still within your 60-day grace period, you generally could start working for the new employer upon the filing of the H1B change-of-status petition. The fact that you filed an application to change status to B-2 should not impact your eligibility, assuming it...

09 Apr 2020

I am a British citizen, and entered the U.S. using ESTA. My I-94 was issued through the end of April, but now it appears I may be stuck in the U.S. for a bit longer due to the epidemic. Can I extend my stay?

Answer Ordinarily, a person admitted via ESTA is limited to 90 days in the U.S., without the ability to extend or change status. However, under these unprecedented circumstances, there are some options. First, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has advised that people admitted via ESTA...

09 Apr 2020

My mother’s B-2 I-94 is about to expire, and she would like to apply for an extension of stay because of COVID-19. She does not know how long she will have to stay, so she has not yet purchased a new return ticket home. Is a return ticket required to apply for an extension of B-2?

Answer A return ticket is not required to apply for a B-2 extension. It can be helpful in many circumstances; but, given the COVID-19 outbreak, it seems unlikely the USCIS will make an issue of this. (09.Apr.2020)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies...