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Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin and Revised Procedures to Determine Visa Availability

Filed September 28, 2015 in Green Cards, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , ,
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H-1B premium processing resumesOn September 25, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) published a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin superseding the original October 2015 Visa Bulletin published September 9, 2015. The Dates for Filing Applications for some categories in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based preference categories have been adjusted to better reflect a timeframe justifying immediate action.

Applicants should use the September 25, 2015, revised charts when filing an I-485 adjustment of status (see Employment-Based Priority Dates and Family-Based Priority Dates). DHS will rely on this revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin rather than the bulletin published September 9, 2015, when considering eligibility to file an I-485 adjustment of status application. more »

I-Squared Act of 2015 (Immigration Innovation Act of 2015, or I-2)

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I-Squared Act of 2015 Bill S.153 - Processing Numbers 150452939On January 13, 2015, a bipartisan group of Senators re-introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 (S.153), also known as the I-Squared Act (I-2 Act). Among other things, the I-Squared Act would increase the annual H-1b cap, provide for work authorization for H-4 spouses, allow for increased portability among employers and establish a number of provisions to allow green cards to be issued much more quickly. more »

Visa Office Update: September 2012

Filed September 7, 2012 in Green Cards, Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , , , ,
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Delayed sign 96665029The Visa Office (VO) of the Department of State has announced that EB-1 visa usage is at a record high, that EB-2 India is likely to go to 2006 next month and EB-2 China will be somewhat ahead of EB-2 India; and that EB-2 worldwide may be current in October or November. more »

FY2012 China and India EB-2 Limits Reached

Filed April 24, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , ,
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Bamboo, China 154282631The annual Immigrant Visa limits for FY2012 China EB-2 and India EB-2 have now been reached. On April 11, 2012, the United States Department of State (DOS) notified USCIS that they would authorize no further Immigrant Visas for those EB-2 categories. more »

EB-2 Retrogression India, China: May 2012

Filed April 9, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , ,
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Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India 126508043The May 2012 Visa Bulletin announces EB-2 retrogression for India and China. Due to the rapid forward movement of the EB-2 cut-off date in recent months, demand for China and India EB-2 numbers increased dramatically during that period, and at a much faster rate than the US Department of State (USDOS) expected. Therefore, they have retrogressed the EB-2 cut-off date to August 15, 2007, in an attempt to hold number use within annual limits while maintaining availability for countries that have not yet reached their EB-2 per-country limit. more »

EB-2 Priority Dates Retrogression: India, China

Filed March 23, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , , , ,
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Forbidden City, Beijing, China 126963145EB-2 priority dates for China (mainland born) and India for the remainder of FY2012 will retrogress substantially, according to Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the US Department of State Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting.  More specifically, upon publication of the May 2012 Visa Bulletin, China and India EB-2 priority dates will retrogress to August 15, 2007. more »

EB-2 Priority Dates to Retrogress: India, China

Filed March 16, 2012 in Processing Times, under DoS and Visa Office , tagged , ,
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Dragon sculpture, China 78254411EB-2 priority dates for India and China are likely to retrogress in the May or June 2012 Visa Bulletin, according to Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the US Department of State’s Visa Control and Reporting Division, which oversees visa priority dates. So, those with EB-2 priority dates that are current in the April 2012 Visa Bulletin should file the I-485 (the final stage of the green card process) as soon as possible to ensure acceptance before this probable retrogression.

Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 3012) Passed in House

Filed December 16, 2011 in Green Cards, Processing Times, under Legislation , tagged , , , , ,
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Capitol Building Washington DC 148230663Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act (HR 3012) passed in the US House of Representatives November 29, 2011, by a vote of 389 to 15, with considerable bipartisan support. The Act would eliminate the US employment-based per-country cap on green cards entirely by fiscal year 2015, and it also raises the family-sponsored per-country green card cap from 7% to 15%. After it passed, the Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act then moved to the US Senate, where it was immediately halted the following day, November 30, 2011, by Senator Grassley (R-IA), who placed a hold on it. more »

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