October 2016 VIsa Bulletin: Forward Movement for All

The Department of State released the visa bulletin for October 2016 recently. Below is a summary of movement and changes. Family Based Immigrant Visa Numbers F1 – Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens: This category moved forward about 1 week to September 22, 2090 for every country except Mexico (which moved forward 1 week

Checkin With Charlie Oppenheim on Visa Numbers

Charlie Oppenheim, the officer at the Department of State in charge of visa numbers and the Visa Bulletin, recently released an update to his predictions for the upcoming months. Below is a summary of some of that update. Family Based Visa Numbers According to Charlie, in September most of the family-based categories will likely hold

July 2016 Visa Bulletin and Check-In with DOS

The Department of State (DOS) released the July visa bulletin recently and Charlie Oppenheim, the person at the DOS who is in charge of the visa bulletin also updated the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association on what further movement or backlogs can be expected in the near future. For family based cases, there was not much

June 2016 Visa Bulletin is Out

In the last week, the Department of State released the June, 2016 visa bulletin,  USCIS has announced which tables they will utilize for this month and Charlie Oppenheim, the Department of State employee in charge of immigrant visa numbers, issued guidance for the coming months.   Below is a summary of the relevant points for all

USCIS Proposes Increases to Filing Fees

USCIS has proposed a new fee structure – raising certain fees, keeping certain fees at their current level, and even lowering some fees.  As part of its bi-annual review, USCIS determined that what it was receiving in user fees was insufficient to allow it to continue its current operations (USCIS receives very little from the

May 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The visa bulletin for May 2016 was released and there has been very little movement.  I have included some highlights below followed by the actual charts.  Please note that, for this month, USCIS has indicated that they will be using the final action dates for both employment and family based cases, so these are the

National Interest Waiver: You May Be Surprised

Does the National Interest Waiver (a self-sponsored green card application) require that you be working for or funded by the US Government?  The short answer is no, it most certainly does not.  Is it as hard as the Extraordinary Ability application?  Again, the short answer is no, definitely not.  The National Interest Waiver is actually

Self-Sponsored Green Cards: What are your major findings?

Invariably when working with scientists it becomes apparent that USCIS’s definition of your “most important” work and our client’s definition of their “most important” work are very different.  This leads to issues over what findings should be discussed in the memo and highlighted for the USCIS officer to review.  Scientists, for good reason, feel that

USCIS Has Issued Updated Timeline Reports

USCIS in the last couple of days, has updated their timeline processing reports for all service centers.  Below is a summary of some of the Highlights. I-140s For I-140’s, Nebraska, which was processing all I-140s in 4 months, now has a 5 month  processing timeline for EB-2 NIWs and EB-1A (EA)s.  I think this is

March 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State released the March, 2016 visa bulletin earlier today.  Below I will go through both the family and employment based backlogs.  After reviewing the current backlogs I will discuss the projections by the DOS for further movement. Family Based Backlogs Final Action Dates:  Most categories saw little to no forward movement. The