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Immigration Law

16 House Members Ask DOS, DHS for #VisaGate2015 Info

House letter, Oct. 28, 2015 - "[W]e request that you provide the estimated number of eligible applicants under the initial Visa Bulletin filing dates and the estimated number of eligible applicants under the revised Bulletin. To the extent possible, please provide a breakdown of these projections by preference category and country of chargeability. The Department of State should set Visa Bulletin filing dates to ensure that as many eligible applicants as possible may submit green card applications, consistent with the policy goals outlined by the President. To ameliorate the hardships caused by the Visa Bulletin revision, we strongly urge that the Department of Homeland Security implement regulatory changes that would benefit high-skilled workers waiting in the United States for immigrant visa numbers. Specifically, we are referring to 1) providing beneficiaries of an approved employment-based petition (Form 1-140), and their derivative dependents, employment authorization; and 2) amending the regulations so that such petitions will remain valid in cases where the beneficiary has a new job that is in the same or similar classification as the job for which the petition was filed."