This eNewsletter from the Murthy Law Firm is your weekly source of information on U.S. immigration law.
VOL. XXVI, no. 32; August 2022, week 2
Posted : 12.Aug.2022

This eNewsletter is a digest of all news, blogs, and events posted on MurthyDotCom in the last week. The information provided should not be construed as legal advice and does not constitute an engagement of the Murthy Law Firm. Full Disclaimer available.


Your Immigration Matters:
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FOIA Request Can Help Resolve Some Immigration Cases
What if there are government documents crucial to your immigration case, such as records related to an old I-140 or H1B approval, but you don't have a copy? Are you out of luck? Not always. By filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with federal immigration authorities, it's often possible to get essential information on your immigration history. Want to know what types of documents are available, and when it might help to request them? Check out our article, FOIA Request Can Help Resolve Some Immigration Cases. Need advice on a FOIA matter? An experienced Murthy Law Firm attorney would be glad to assist you!

Immigration Beat: News

1. Travel After Change-of-Status Approval with Future Start Date
Posted August 8, 2022

In 2004, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed the continued validity of an approved change-of-status petition with a future start date, when a person travels abroad after such approval but reenters the United States before the future start date is reached. This clarification has been useful, especially for cap-subject H1B petitions, which typically request a future start date. This option is explained here for the benefit of MurthyDotCom readers.  Read more.

2. MurthyAudio: Impact of Criminal Issues

Posted August 8, 2022

The impact of criminal issues (such as DUI and shoplifting) on nonimmigrant status and lawful permanent residence (i.e. green card) is the topic discussed in this teleconference from 08.Aug.2022. The MP3 is available here, and will soon appear in the archive of our teleconferences and podcasts on iTunes.

3. September 2022 Visa Bulletin
Posted August 8, 2022

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the September 2022 Visa Bulletin. This is the final visa bulletin for fiscal year 2022, and there is almost no movement in cutoff dates from the previous month. All cutoff dates listed refer to the dates in the final action chart (i.e., Chart A), unless otherwise specified.  Read more.

On Our Minds & In Our
Community: Blog & Forum

3. Forum Topic of the Week: H1B Change of Status Petitions and F-1 OPT
This week, Murthy Law Firm attorneys will answer questions regarding those in F-1 OPT who have an H1B change of status petition.  Read more.

You Want to Know: FAQs

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.
  • When I entered the U.S. in L-2 status in 2020, I applied for an EAD. Now that I am authorized to work based on being in L2S status, is there any benefit to applying to extend my EAD?  Answer
  • A few months ago, my husband and I were issued green cards based on his approved I-140. While our I-485 applications were pending, we separated. Our divorce is now close to being finalized. Will this put my green card in jeopardy?  Answer
  • I am a U.S. citizen and wish to sponsor my sister for a green card. Her employer recently filed an I-140 on her behalf. Will my case impact her I-140?  Answer

On the Calendar: Events

Teleconference: Timing Issues – Green Card / H1B Extensions
Register hereRead more.
07.Sep.2022 at 2pm (Eastern Time, U.S.)
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Visa Bulletin & Processing Times
Visa Bulletin & Processing Times
Important to those going through the U.S. immigration process are the visa bulletin from the Department of State and processing times at the USCIS service centers. 
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