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Q - Both my parents are US citizen. My father is 80 years
and mother is 70
years old. I am married child over
21.Can both of my parents submit
petition for me? If so, can we submit them together? Do we need to pay
A - Absolutely and it is something I encourage. Each parent
should file an
I-130 for you just in case something happens to either one of them. You would
pay the fee twice.
Q - Could you please tell me if a
priority date for a labor certification approved in the 1970s which resulted in
the issuance of a green card can be currently used to grandfather an alien, who
lost his permanent residence status and is currently illegally in the U.S., for
245 (i) purposes?
A - Once the labor
certification is actually used to get the green card, the priority date is lost.
Also, I believe CIS has specifically stated that in these situations, the
beneficiary would not be grandfathered.
Q - I am a green card holder from NYC. I came to my country
Bangladesh about 4 months ago. Is it true that i must return back to the
United States within 6 months? I did not receive any permission to stay
longer. if this is true what will happen if i stay longer then 6 months
A - There is no actual time limit, but extended absences
from the US can
lead to a green card being taken away due to abandonment. The article on
our web site at http://www.visalaw.com/01jan4/12jan401.html
Q - I am presently working in an H-1-B status and my 6
years will be up in early 2006. My husband is presently an H-4, but has a
chance to obtain J-1 status to complete his Doctorate Degree. My question
is; If I change from an H-1 to a J-2 after my H-1 expires, will a
year as a J-2 count as if I was outside the country? Could I then apply
for an H-1-B after spending a year as a J-2?
A - No. You must be physically outside the US to get credit
toward getting an additional six years of H-1B time.