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Visa Bulletin for June 2019
Posted on 14 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Bulletin for June 2019 NOTES: D. INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY Despite the final action date for this country having been held for the past three months, there continues to be an extremely high rate of demand for... Read More

Visa Bulletin for May 2019
Posted on 15 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Bulletin for May 2019 Note D: "CHINA-mainland born AND INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIRST (E1) PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY Despite the final action date for these two countries having been held in recent months, there continues to be an extremely... Read More

Visa Bulletin for April 2019
Posted on 15 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Bulletin for April 2019 Note D: "Final Action Date movement in many Family-sponsored and Employment-based preference categories continues to be greater than might ordinarily be expected, and this is anticipated to continue for at least the... Read More

Visa Bulletin for February 2019
Posted on 11 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Bulletin for February 2019 Notes D & E "D. SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR): With the expiration of the continuing resolution on December 21, 2018... Read More

Visa Bulletin for December 2018
Posted on 13 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Bulletin for December 2018 Note D: " SCHEDULED EXPIRATION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR): Pursuant to the continuing resolution, signed on September 28, 2018, the non-minister... Read More

Visa Bulletin For August 2014
Posted on 9 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The China-mainland born Employment Third and Third Other Workers cut-off dates have advanced for the month of August, and could do so again for September. There are two reasons for this advance after the retrogression of the cut-off date earlier... Read More

Which Chart to Use? USCIS Tells Us...
Posted on 22 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Sept. 21, 2016 - "On Sept. 8, the Department of State published its Visa Bulletin for October 2016. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly report on visa availability. USCIS has determined that for the month of October 2016, applicants for all family... Read More

Cyrus D. Mehta: Winter Blues - Freezing the Age of a Child under the Dec. 2015 Visa Bulletin
Posted on 7 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Dec. 6, 2015 - "While there has been no official guidance, and many of the practice advisories issued make scant reference, it is important that we advocate that the age of the child also be protected under the CSPA at the time that... Read More

January 2013 Visa Bulletin
Posted on 11 Dec 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State Publication 9514 - CA/VO: December 10, 2012 Read More

April 2016 Visa Bulletin
Posted on 10 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Visa Bulletin For April 2016 "D. ANNOUNCING NVC'S EMPLOYMENT-BASED FIFTH PREFERENCE (EB-5) INVESTOR ASSISTANCE DESK Those with questions related to an approved I-526 petition can now correspond with the National Visa Center (NVC) using... Read More

Visa Bulletin For July 2014
Posted on 10 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: June 9, 2014 Read More

  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin for November 2011

    D. CHINA-MAINLAND BORN AND INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED SECOND PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS "The November Employment-based Second preference cut-off date for applicants from China and India is the most favorable since August 2007. This advancement is expected to generate...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For December 2011

    Number 39, Volume IX, Washington, D.C., Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: November 8, 2011 .
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For January 2012

    " CHINA-MAINLAND BORN AND INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED SECOND PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS - The China and India Employment Second preference cut-off date has been advanced at a rapid rate in recent months. As previously noted, this action was intended to generate significant...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For February 2012

    " VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS FAMILY-sponsored categories (monthly) Worldwide dates: F1: three to five weeks F2A: one to two months F2B: three to four weeks F3: one to three weeks F4: up to one month EMPLOYMENT-based categories (monthly) Employment First : Current ...
  • Blog Post: EB2 Visa Category for India and China Leaps Forward – How Long Will It Last?

    Blake Miller, Jan. 6, 2012 : "Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion nicely applies to the recent rapid progression in the employment-based second preference Indian and Chinese immigrant visa categories – what goes up, must come down. In the past four months, Charles Oppenheim...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For March 2012

    Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO: February 8, 2012 .
  • Blog Post: April 2012 Visa Bulletin

    Visa Bulletin For April 2012
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For May 2012

    "RETROGRESSION OF THE CHINA-MAINLAND AND INDIA EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE CUT-OFF DATE Due to the rapid forward movement of the cut-off date, demand for China and India Employment Second preference numbers has increased dramatically during recent months, and at a much faster rate...
  • Blog Post: June 2012 Visa Bulletin

    Notes D & E: " D. CHINA-MAINLAND AND INDIA EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE CATEGORY IS UNAVAILABLE Despite the retrogression of the China and India Employment Second preference cut-off date to August 15, 2007, demand for numbers by applicants with priority dates earlier than that date...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For July 2012

    "EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY - Continued heavy demand for numbers in the Employment Second preference category has required the establishment of a Worldwide cut-off date for the month of July. This action has been taken in an effort to hold number use within the annual...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For August 2012

    Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: July 9, 2012
  • Blog Post: September 2012 Visa Bulletin

    Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO: August 9, 2012
  • Blog Post: October 2012 Visa Bulletin

    October 2012 Visa Bulletin - Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: September 10, 2012
  • Blog Post: October Visa Bulletin a 'Disaster' - Shusterman

    "On September 10, the State Department released the October 2012 Visa Bulletin. Considering that October marks the start of the 2013 fiscal year for the federal government, the new visa bulletin spells disaster for would-be immigrants playing by the rules. The preference categories should move forward...
  • Blog Post: November 2012 Visa Bulletin

    Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: October 9, 2012
  • Blog Post: December 2012 Visa Bulletin

    "It appears likely that a cut-off date will need to be established for the China Employment Fifth preference category at some point during second half of fiscal year 2013. Such action would be delayed as long as possible, since while number use may be excessive over a 1 to 5 month period, it could...
  • Blog Post: January 2013 Visa Bulletin

    Department of State Publication 9514 - CA/VO: December 10, 2012
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin for February 2013

    Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: January 8, 2013 (web posted Jan. 9, 2013 )
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For March 2013

    "VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS (April – June) FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement) Worldwide dates: F1: Three or four weeks F2A: Three to five weeks F2B: Three to five weeks F3: One or two weeks F4: Up to two weeks EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For April 2013

    Number 55, Volume IX, Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: March 8, 2013 .
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin For May 2013

    "EMPLOYMENT THIRD PREFERENCE VISA AVAILABILITY - The Employment-based Third preference category cut-off date for most countries has advanced significantly. This has been done in an attempt to generate demand so that the annual numerical limits may be fully utilized, and such movements may continue...
  • Blog Post: The May 2013 Visa Bulletin Rocks...For Some

    " The Visa Bulletin for May 2013 contains great news for a select group of persons who have been waiting in line for years to obtain green cards through their jobs. The worldwide EB-3 category jumps forward 5 months to December 1, 2007. What’s more is that EB-3 workers born in the PRC are...
  • Blog Post: June 2013 Visa Bulletin

    "The Employment-based Third preference category cut-off date for most countries has advanced significantly for a second month in a row. This recent movement of the dates is not indicative of what can be expected in the future. Rapid forward movement of cut-off dates is often followed by a dramatic...
  • Blog Post: July 2013 Visa Bulletin

    Visa Bulletin For July 2013 "D. VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS (August - October) FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement) Worldwide dates: F1: Up to five weeks F2A: Could become “Current” at some point during the coming months. F2B: Four to...
  • Blog Post: Visa Bulletin for August 2013

    "VISA AVAILABILITY FAMILY-sponsored: F2A: This category has become “Current” for August, and is expected to remain so for the next several months. This action has been taken in an effort to generate an increased level of demand. Despite the fact that there are large amounts of...