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Cyrus D. Mehta - Save the Children Under the New Visa Bulletin

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 18, 2015 - "The changes made to the priority date system in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin have been positive and will provide much relief to beneficiaries of visas petitions caught in the employment and family-based backlogs. There will be two dates for the very first time...

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...

#Visagate2015 May Spawn Litigation

On Sept. 9, 2015 the State Department published the October 2015 Visa Bulletin with a new "Dates for Filing Applications" feature enabling some on the backlogged waiting lists to file 'early' for adjustment of status. But on Sept. 25th, apparently under pressure from USCIS, DOS revised...

Cyrus D. Mehta - Will #VisaGate2015 Be Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 26, 2015 - "On September 24, 2015, the Department of State issued an update that supersedes the previously released October Visa Bulletin. By moving many filing dates back, the update radically changed the recently announced benefit offered by a revised procedure for determining...

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against DOS, DHS Over Visa Bulletin: Mehta v. Dept. of State

"This case is about what happens when thousands of law-abiding, highly skilled immigrants spend millions of dollars preparing to apply for green cards in reasonable reliance on an agency’s binding policy statement, only to find out at the last minute that a hapless federal bureaucracy has...

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...

USCIS Updates Instructions for Using DOS Visa Bulletin - Oct. 14, 2015

USCIS, Oct. 14, 2015 - "Beginning with the November 2015 Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin , if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, we will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that applicants may...

Back of the Line! But is it Legal? - Brent Renison

Brent Renison, Oct. 30, 2015 - "I’m going to explain how the immigration service has been unlawfully revoking the approval of petitions for nearly a quarter of a century. The impact of this unauthorized action on hopeful immigrants has been terrible, resulting in many thousands losing their...

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

Cyrus D. Mehta: Winter Blues - Freezing the Age of a Child under the Dec. 2015 Visa Bulletin

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 the filing date becomes current for the applicant...

January 2016 Visa Bulletin

State Department, Dec. 9, 2015

Visa Bulletin For February 2016

Visa Bulletin For February 2016 - Check out the waiting list .

Visa Bulletin for March 2016

Visa Bulletin For March 2016 " VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement) Worldwide dates: F1: Three to five weeks F2A: Up to one month F2B: Up to three weeks F3: Up to four weeks F4: Three to four weeks EMPLOYMENT-based categories...

April 2016 Visa Bulletin

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 a dedicated e-mail address: NVCeb5@state.gov. The...

May 2016 Visa Bulletin

May 2016 Visa Bulletin "D. VISA AVAILABILITY DURING THE COMING MONTHS FAMILY-SPONSORED: CHINA F4: The level of applicant demand being received has begun to increase. Should this pattern continue, it will be necessary to either hold or retrogress this final action date in late summer. That...

Retrogressions in June 2016 Visa Bulletin

DOS, May 6, 2016 - "RETROGRESSION OF SEVERAL FAMILY-SPONSORED AND EMPLOYMENT-BASED FINAL ACTION DATES FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE FAMILY-SPONSORED: CHINA F4: The increased level of applicant demand being received has necessitated retrogression of the June final action date, in an effort to hold...

Visa Bulletin for July 2016

Visa Bulletin for July 2016 - Must-read Highlights include: OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE MEXICO EMPLOYMENT-BASED FOURTH (E4) AND CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (SR) PREFERENCE CATEGORIES VISA AVAILABILITY FOR THOSE COUNTRIES WHICH ARE, OR WILL BE, SUBJECT TO A FINAL ACTION DATE IN THE EMPLOYMENT-BASED FOURTH...

Visa Bulletin for August 2016

DOS, July 11, 2016 - See Notes D-G re visa availability: "D. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED FOURTH (E4) AND CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (SR) PREFERENCE CATEGORIES As readers were advised in the May Visa Bulletin number 92, there has been extremely high demand in the E4 and SR...

No Longer So Fast! EB-1 Retrogression For Indian- And Chinese-Born Foreign Nationals: Cyrus D. Mehta and Anand G. Sinha

Cyrus D. Mehta and Anand G. Sinha, July 18, 2016 - "One does not need a degree in public policy or law to understand the basic premise behind the concept that the United States ought to make the attraction of the best and brightest individuals a paramount immigration policy. By enabling the most...

Wolfsdorf on the Visa Bulletin: To (Chart) B or Not to (Chart) B?

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Robert Blanco and Joseph M. Barnett, Aug. 22, 2016 - " If USCIS does open Chart B to allow for Form I-485 filings, there is still a critical, unanswered question: Is a child’s age “frozen” under the Child Status Protection Act (“CSPA”) if the child...

Visa Bulletin for October 2016

Visa Bulletin For October 2016 Number 97 Volume IX Washington, D.C View as Printer Friendly PDF

What Does the October 2016 Visa Bulletin Mean for EB-5s? - Wolfsdorf

Bernard P. Wolfsdorf, Robert J. Blanco, and Joseph M. Barnett, Sept. 9, 2016 - "In the next few days, USCIS will announce whether applicants may file an application to adjust status in the U.S. if their Priority Date is current according to the later cut-off date listed in Date for Filing-Chart...

Which Chart to Use? USCIS Tells Us...

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-sponsored and employment-based preferences may...

Visa Bulletin for November 2016

Visa Bulletin For November 2016 - "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 for December 2016

State Department, Nov. 8, 2016 Notes: ... D. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE MEXICO EMPLOYMENT-BASED FOURTH (E4) AND CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (SR) PREFERENCE CATEGORIES There continues to be high demand in the E4 and SR categories, primarily for Juvenile Court Dependent cases filed with U.S. Citizenship...