No! Don't worry. No new law or legislation passed by Congress can go into effect retroactively. That would be unconstitutional. As long as one files a siblings' petition prior to the F4 category being eliminated, that petition will be accepted and processed.
By "eliminating the backlog" what is meant is that the pending cases which were filed prior to the date of elimination of the F4 category will be processed faster and more efficiently, until there will be none left.
Before you listen to any other nonsense, do yourself the favor of downloading the instructions to Form I-130, from the USCIS website www.uscis.gov I think those simple to read instructions best describe the monetary and criminal penalties for those U.S. citizens who engage in marriage fraud, then decide for yourself if it's worth it.
As your mother's petitioner, the law requires that you file an Affidavit of Support on her behalf, regardless of your income or lack thereof. If your income were not to be sufficient, you must then find a co-sponsor to file another affidavit of support in addition to yours. If you want to add your husband's income to yours or it is joint income, you then need to have your husband complete the "contract between sponsor and household member" supplement to Form I-864. The instructions for all...
By either filing an application to extend your L-1 status in the US with USCIS CSC or by traveling abroad (anywhere except Mexico or Canada), remaining outside for at least 5 days and coming back on your still valid L-1 visa stamp on your passport.
1. No. Is this situation you will not be "referred". If your case is found to be "not grantable", the asylum office will then do one (1) of two (2) things:
a. Issue a Notice of Intent to Deny your application and give you 30 days during which to respond (after which it will deny your application all the same, given that being without an attorney there will not be any way for you to set that Intent aside) OR
b. they will flat out deny your case, wait until you'll be considered "out...