EB1 for China and India Backlogging in June, 2017

The June, 2017 Visa Bulletin was released and the biggest change is that both India and China are now backlogged in EB-1 category.  Below are all the changes and further information about this new backlog.  We are also including updates from Charlie Oppenheim from the Department of State on projected future movements for the various immigrant

April Visa Bulletin and Guidance from Charlie Oppenheim

The April Visa Bulletin was released last week as was some additional guidance from Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State.  I will go through the highlights below. Family Based Immigration F1 (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of US Citizens):  Most countries moved from June 1, 2010 to October 15, 2010, a fairly big jump.  The

Update from Charlie Oppenheim on Visa Avalability

AILA met with Charlie Oppenheim (the Department of State Employee in charge of the Visa Bulletin and determining Visa availability) on February 15th of this year.  Below is some of the information Charlie gave us. EB-1: According to Charlie, despite the high usage of this category, he is now expecting it to remain current for

February 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The February 2017 visa bulletin was released by the Department of State yesterday.  Below is a summary of the changes. Family Based Application: F1:  Most countries moved forward about 1 month to 1.5 months (except the Philippines, which moved forward about 2 months).  This means that most countries are now at February 22, 2010. The

India and China heading towards EB-1 Backlogs – November Check-In With Charlie Oppenheim on Visa Availability

The American Immigration Lawyer’s Association recently met with Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State about the upcoming year and what the trends look like in terms of immigrant visa availability.  Here is what Charlie said in regards to employment-based visas: EB-1: First, in terms of EB-1 Employment-based visas, India has ALREADY surpassed its country

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

USCIS Agrees to Use Dates For Filing Again in December

Surprisingly USCIS is again using the dates for filing in December of 2106 for all categories EXCEPT for EB-5 filings.   This means that, even though your priority date is not current (i.e. there is no immigrant visa available) you may still be able to file the I-485.  Below are the dates that can be

December Visa Bulletin: Baby Steps

DOS released the December Visa bulletin and there are only some modest moves forward, as detailed below.  Unfortunately, USCIS has not yet stated if they will still allow the Dates for Filing to be used to determine when you are able to file the adjustment application.  We will update you once USCIS releases that information.

November Visa Bulletin – Some Movement, Dates for Filing Available

DOS released the November Visa bulletin and there has been some forward movement.  Importantly, USCIS is still allowing the Dates for Filing to be used for almost all applications (except EB-5 applications) to determine when you are able to file the adjustment application.  Below we will go through each category in detail. Family Based Applications:

BREAKING NEWS: USCIS will allow the use of the Date for Filing in the October, 2016 Visa Bulletin