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VOL. XXVI, no. 30; July 2022, week 5
Posted : 29.Jul.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.


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Filing Labor Certifications During Sixth Year of H1B

H1B workers who wish to remain in the United States on a more permanent basis typically seek to have their respective employers initiate the green card process as soon as possible. But, for a variety of reasons, it is not uncommon for H1B workers to find themselves approaching the six-year limit of H1B status before the green card process gets underway. Filing Labor Certifications During Sixth Year of H1B discusses some of the challenges - and solutions - to starting a green card case when there is little H1B time remaining. More detailed, case-specific advice is available from the Murthy Law Firm by scheduling a consultation.

Immigration Beat: News

1. Changes to the NIV Appointments in India to Prevent Misuse by Certain Agents
Posted July 25, 2022

There has been a shortage of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) appointments at the U.S. consulates in India throughout the ongoing pandemic. This problem has been exacerbated by certain agents who have been booking visa appointments in bulk, and then charging visa applicants for these scarce appointment slots. In response, the U.S. consulates have taken steps to mitigate the negative impact such agents are having on visa appointment availability.  Read more.

2. USCIS Continues Phasing in Premium Processing for Certain I-140 Petitions

Posted July 28, 2022

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon begin the second phase of its efforts to expand the availability of premium processing service for two categories of I-140 petitions that historically have not been eligible for premium processing. Specifically, the USCIS is expanding the option of premium processing to certain pending I-140 petitions filed under the EB1(c) multinational executive and manager category and EB2 national interest waiver (NIW) I-140 petitions.  Read more.

On Our Minds & In Our
Community: Blog & Forum

3. Forum Topic of the Week: Birth Documentation Issues in the Green Card Process
This week, Murthy Law Firm attorneys will answer questions regarding birth documentation in the green card process.  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.
  • I am currently working in India. An unrelated company filed an H1B for me this year, which was selected in the lottery. My H1B petition was filed for consular processing and is still pending. My Indian employer wants to transfer me to the U.S. in L-1 status. If I apply for an L-1 now, will it impact my H1B?  Answer
  • After my U.S. employer filed a PERM for me, I was transferred overseas on a temporary assignment. My PERM was recently approved. Can the I-140 be filed now, or do I have to be in the U.S. when the I-140 is filed?  Answer
  • In 2016, my I-140 from Company A was approved. In 2019, I transferred that priority date to an approved I-140 filed by Company B. I then requested the priority date again be transferred to an I-140 filled by Company C. That I-140 is still pending. I now wish to move to Company D. Will I lose my priority date from Company A’s I-140 if I leave before Company C’s I-140 is approved?  Answer

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