This eNewsletter from the Murthy Law Firm is your weekly source of information on U.S. immigration law.
VOL. XXVI, no. 27; July 2022, week 2
Posted : 08.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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USCIS Site Visits: What to Expect
Now, more than ever, companies that employ H1B and/or L-1 workers must be prepared for a surprise visit from the USCIS. The prospect of playing unexpected host to a government representative may send chills up the spines of many employers, but it doesn't have to. First, read USCIS Site Visits: What to Expect for an overview of what these site visits are like. Then, speak with a Murthy Law Firm attorney who can help make sure you're ready for any unexpected visitors!

Immigration Beat: News

1. Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers – Process and Criteria
Posted July 5, 2022

Foreign nationals may be deemed ineligible for admission (i.e. inadmissible) to the United States for a variety of reasons. Common grounds of inadmissibility include the following: medical grounds, criminal grounds, and immigration violations (including fraud or material misrepresentation in connection with an immigration benefit). In most situations, a finding of inadmissibility means that a person cannot enter the U.S. Generally, such a person is admissible only after obtaining a nonimmigrant visa (NIV) waiver.  Read more.

2. Effect of Travel While in H1B / L-1 Status and Pending I-485

Posted July 7, 2022

There are questions commonly on the minds of many MurthyDotCom readers regarding the effect of reentry into the United States on H1B or L-1 workers who also have approved advance parole (AP) based on a pending application to adjust status (form I-485). The law pertaining to this situation is not clear and the result is confusing. Many with both H1B (or L-1) status and AP find themselves faced with the difficult decision of how to reenter the U.S. after travel abroad. One must decide between reentering in H1B (or L-1) status, which requires that the passport have a valid H1B (or L-1) visa stamp or utilizing the AP document.  Read more.

On Our Minds & In Our
Community: Blog & Forum

3. Forum Topic of the Week: E-2 Treaty Investor Visa
This week, Murthy Law Firm attorneys will answer questions regarding the E-2 treaty investor visa.  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.
  • My company filed an I-140 petition for me, which is still pending. I plan on getting married to a green card holder next month. After we are married, can my wife file an I-130 for me, or would I need to first withdraw the I-140?  Answer
  • I need to file to extend my H-4 status and the H-4 status of my son. My son is turning 21 next year, so he is only eligible for about 10 months of H-4 time. Is it ok to file his application as an I-539A supplement with my I-539 application?  Answer
  • I am doing various freelance jobs based on an H-4 EAD, which is valid through 2023. My H1B registration was selected in the lottery, and that H1B change-of-status request is pending. If the case is approved, do I have to stop using the H-4 EAD immediately?  Answer

On the Calendar: Events

Teleconference: Impact of Criminal Issues
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03.Aug.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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