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USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2015 Beginning April 1, 2014

Release Date: March 25, 2014 - "Premium Processing for Cap-Subject Petitions to Begin by April 28, 2014 WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered...

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption...

January 2015 Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin For January 2015 Number 76 Volume IX Washington, D.C View as Printer Friendly PDF

EB-5 Predictions for 2015, the Year of the Goat - Bernard Wolfsdorf

"February 19, 2015 marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This will be the Year of the Goat, an animal known for its determination, elegance and good nature. The goat is also known to worry too much and while others impose on it, it is stronger than it seems and prevails in harsh conditions...

A Watershed Year For Employment-Based Immigration?

"2015 could be a watershed year for immigrants, their employers and immigration attorneys, but as they say only time will tell. Successful implementation of the IAEA will require strong agency leadership, focus and perseverance in the face of political opposition, possible funding shortages, and...

Visa Bulletin for February 2015

Visa Bulletin For February 2015 - January 9, 2015 "VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement) Worldwide dates: F1: Up to three weeks F2A: Three or four weeks F2B: Three to six weeks F3: Up to three weeks F4: Two to four weeks EMPLOYMENT...

March 2015 Visa Bulletin

Visa Bulletin For March 2015 Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO: February 9, 2015

April 2015 Visa Bulletin

Note: "D. VISA AVAILABILITY - CHINA-mainland born Employment Third Preference: The cut-off date for this category was advanced very rapidly during the past seven months, in an attempt to generate demand to ensure that all numbers under the annual limit could be made available. Item E in the...

Visa Bulletin For May 2015

Visa Bulletin For May 2015 Notes: " D. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE CHINA-mainland born EMPLOYMENT FIFTH PREFERENCE CATEGORY Heavy applicant demand has required the implementation of an Employment Fifth preference cut-off date to hold number use within the maximum level of numbers which may...

Visa Bulletin For June 2015: Retrogressions; DV-2016 Visa Lottery Results

" VISA RETROGRESSION OF MEXICO AND PHILIPPINES CUT-OFF DATES Mexico: Family-sponsored Fourth preference: It has been necessary to slightly retrogress this cut-off date to March 1, 1997 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit. Philippines: Family-sponsored First preference...

Those Magical Re-Appearing H-2B Visas!

"On June 5, 2015, USCIS will reopen the congressionally mandated fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap and will accept Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, requesting new H-2B workers with an employment start date between April 1 and September 30, 2015. Why USCIS is Reopening the 2nd half FY 2015...

USCIS to Reopen H-2B Cap for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2015

"On June 5, 2015, USCIS will reopen the congressionally mandated fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap and will accept Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker , requesting new H-2B workers with an employment start date between April 1 and September 30, 2015. Why USCIS is Reopening the 2 nd half FY...

Visa Bulletin for July 2015

"Despite two retrogressions of the Philippines Employment Third and Third Other Worker cut-off dates in an attempt to hold number use within the annual limit, it has now become necessary to make the category "Unavailable" for the month of July. It is possible that some unused numbers...

Retrogression in August 2015 Visa Bulletin

"CHINA - MAINLAND BORN EMPLOYMENT THIRD, AND THIRD OTHER WORKER VISA AVAILABILITY There was an extremely large increase in applicant demand reported for consideration in the determination of the August cut-off dates. Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress the Employment Third, and Third...

Visa Bulletin For September 2015

Department of State Publication 9514 CA/VO: August 11, 2015

Visa Bulletin for October 2015 - New Format!

" This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during October 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...

State Dept. Revises Oct. 2015 Visa Bulletin: Sept. 25, 2015

DOS, Sept. 25, 2015 - "This bulletin supersedes the bulletin for October 2015 that was originally published on September 9, 2015, and contained Dates for Filing Applications long used by the Department of State for internal processing purposes. Following consultations with the Department of Homeland...

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...

Visa Bulletin for December 2015

Visa Bulletin for December 2015 See esp. Note E., Visa Availability in Coming Months, and Note F., New 9 FAM-e

EOIR Releases FY 2015 Statistics Yearbook

EOIR, Apr. 8, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced that it has released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Statistics Yearbook. The FY 2015 Statistics Yearbook is a compilation of data that examines respondents’ cases by nationality, language, and disposition,...

2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Released by State Department

DOS, April 2016 - " The 2015 edition of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices points to a global governance crisis. In every part of the world, we see an accelerating trend by both state and non-state actors to close the space for civil society, to stifle media and Internet freedom, to marginalize...