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VOL. XXVI, no. 22; June 2022, week 1
Posted : 03.Jun.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. USCIS to Begin Phasing in Premium Processing for Certain I-140 Petitions
Posted May 30, 2022

30 May 2022The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon begin phasing in 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 will expand the option of premium processing service to certain pending EB1(c) and EB2 national interest waiver (NIW) I-140 petitions.  Read more.

2. Humanitarian Reinstatement Following Death of Petitioning Relative

Posted June 1, 2022

In most circumstances, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is required to revoke an approved family-based petition for alien relative (form I-130) if the petitioning relative dies before the beneficiary is issued an immigrant visa. However, under certain circumstances, a humanitarian reinstatement request is available as a form of discretionary relief for the principal beneficiary and dependent family members.  Read more.

On Our Minds & In Our
Community: Blog & Forum

3. Forum Topic of the Week: AC21 and Employment Changes After Filing for Adjustment of Status
This week, Murthy Law Firm attorneys will answer questions regarding AC21 and changes to your employment after filing for Adjustment of Status.  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 wife and I filed I-485 applications based on her EB3 I-140. Can I now interfile my I-485 based on my EB2 I-140?  Answer
  • My H1B extension was approved recently, but my wife’s H-4 extension is still pending. She now needs to travel to India. Can she apply for an H-4 visa now? Or does she need to wait for the USCIS to approve the H-4 extension?  Answer
  • My H1B was not selected in the lottery, so I am going to continue working for my employer on STEM OPT. Is it possible for the company to initiate the PERM process for me now, or do I first need to get into H1B status?  Answer

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