January 2018 Visa Bulletin and Update from Charlie Oppenheim

There have been some movements on the immigrant visa front, and some setbacks.  Below is an update on where things are and where they may be going. Employment Based Immigration Visas: EB-1:  Current across the Board for now, however according to Charlie, India and China may backlog by summer. EB-2:  Current for Wordwide.  China progressed

November 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State released the November 2017 visa bulletin.  This bulletin includes some modest forward movement in most categories. Family Based Immigrant Visa Numbers USCIS has allowed people to base the filing of the Adjustment of Status applications on the Dates for Filing.  However those dates have not changes since last month.  As most

New Rule – All Employment Based I-485 application will have Interviews

Recently USCIS issued a new rule stating that all employment based green card applications will be subject to interview starting on October 3, 2017.  Just this week AILA members and the Ombudsperson for USCIS had a Stakeholder Call to discuss the new rule. Here are the details that came out of this call:  All EB

Final Rule Published by USCIS – Clarifies H-1B Cap Exemptions, Grace Periods for Non-Immigrant Visas, Retention of Priority Dates, and More

USCIS has just issued its final rule to  amend and add to its regulations regarding highly skilled worker.  These are the same changes I discussed about 1 year ago when USCIS issued a draft rule on these issues.  They have now been adopted.  Below is a summary of the provisions of this new rule.  Please

August Visa Bulletin: EB-1 backlogs for India and China, EB-2 Backlogged for Everyone

The August 2016 visa bulletin was released by the Department of State yesterday.   It features backlogs for ALL countries in the EB-2 category and other changed.  However, readers should understand, that while certain countries (India and China) have regular backlogs in the EB-2 category, those for other countries in the EB-2 category and those

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

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

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

UPDATE: Final Rule on H-1b1, E-3, CW-1 and EB-1s Published

Several days ago we wrote about the final rule that was about to be published (See this blog post).  The final rule has been published this week and all provisions have been implemented as we reported.  To refresh your memory, below is a summary of the changes: Changes for those on H-1B1, E-3 or CW-1

REMINDER: Webinar January 27th at 12:00 pm

WHEN:   January 27, 2015, 12:00 pm WHAT:  A fee seminar detailing the self-sponsored green card application requirements for the National Interest Waiver (EB-2) application and the Extraordinary Ability (EB-1) application.  We will also touch on the various types of evidence that can be submitted to meet the regulations and statutory standards used by USCIS in adjudicating