Immigration Law

Visa Bulletin for November 2015

"This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during November for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

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D.  EXTENSION OF TWO EMPLOYMENT VISA CATEGORIES

An extension of both the Employment Fourth Preference Certain Religious Workers (SR) and Employment Fifth Preference Pilot (I5 and R5) Categories was signed into law in late September. As indicated in item D of the Visa Bulletin which announced the October cut-off dates, the extension has resulted in the immediate application of the following cut-off dates for the month of October:

SR: "Current" for all countries

I5 and R5: "Current" for all countries, except China-mainland born. China-mainland born applicants are subject to an October 8, 2013 cut-off date.

E.  REGISTRATION FOR THE DIVERSITY VISA 2017 PROGRAM

The "Diversity Visa" 2017 program opened for electronic registrations at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Thursday, October 1, 2015, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website:http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. DV instructions are also available on the Department of State's public webpage at:

http://www.travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/immigrate/diversity-visa/instructions.html"

- Department of State Publication 9514, CA/VO: October 9, 2015.