20 Oct 2021

Do I Qualify for EB1?

It is not unusual for a foreign national to be sponsored for an employment-based, third preference (EB3) position, and to later "upgrade" to an employment-based, second preference (EB2) position in a subsequent case, based on a higher level degree and/or additional work experience. For many,...

22 Jul 2021

I recently was granted an emergency appointment by the consulate to apply for a B-2 visa. Does that mean that my national interest exception (NIE) will be granted?

Answer No, being granted an emergency appointment does not necessarily mean that an NIE will be granted. (22.Jul.2021)Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law. For information on our FREE online services, click here. Access more FAQs here. Copyright © 2021, MURTHY LAW...

08 Apr 2021

I am a U.S. citizen, and I filed an I-130 for my mother. She would like to visit me on her B-2 visa for a few weeks. She has no desire to apply for adjustment of status, as she needs to go back to India to take care of some things before getting her green card. Is it ok for her to come on her B-2?

Answer Technically speaking, there is no rule that prohibits a foreign national with an approved immediate relative I-130 petition from requesting admission in B-2 status. However, CBP has the discretion to deny admission based on immigrant intent. And, unless the individual can provide a compelling reason...

18 Mar 2021

My father is in the U.S. in B-2 status, and his I-94 expires in a couple of weeks. His B-2 visa stamp expires next month. If he applies for a B-2 extension, can he request an end-date beyond the expiration date of the visa stamp?

Answer Ordinarily, the B-2 visa "stamp" must be valid at the time the person requests admission into the United States in B-2 status. Once the person is already in the U.S. in B-2 status, the visa expiration date has no impact on the individual's status. Similarly,...