January 2016 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State issued its visa bulletin for January of 2016.  The following are the highlights in terms of movements forward and backwards of priority dates: Family Based: Final Action Dates:  For most of the world (including China and India), the dates moved forward in all categories by about 1 month (except spouses and

December Visa Bulletin and Update from Mr. Oppenheim

  The Department of State recently released the December 2015 visa bulletin and Mr. Charlie Oppenheim, the person at the Department of State in charge of the Visa Bulletin also recently gave AILA an update on his predictions for future movement of the Bulletin.  I will summarize both of these documents below. Family Based: Final

USCIS Updates its Directions for Use of the New Visa Bulletin Tables

USCIS has updated its directions in terms of when the new “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” chart can be used to determine when you can file your I-485, or if you need to wait for the “Final Action Date” to become current. To refresh people’s memories, the Department of State, starting with the October Visa

Alert: Revised October Visa Bulletin Issued

October Visa Bulletin and Check in With the Dept. of State

Because of the new format of the Visa Bulletin, it will be easier for me to break these updates into two sections:  Section 1 will discuss the Final Action Date; and, Section 2 will discuss movements in the Dates for Filing section. Final Action Date Movements: Family Based:  Most categories moved forward somewhere between 1-2

Department of State Passport and Visa System Off Line

As of June 15, 2015 the Department of State has been experiencing severe issues with its computer system, which is preventing them from issues visas and passports.  According to the DOS: This is a global issue, and we are working around the clock to fix it. More than 100 computer experts from both the private

The Visa Stamp in My Passport Expired, am I in the United States Illegally?

January 2015 Visa Bulletin Released – Worldwide EB-3 Movement

The January 2015 Visa Bulletin was released by the Department of State today.  While family based cases moved forward about 1-2 months in each category, the major movement forward was for employment based category 3 (EB-3) – those sponsored by employers for Professional or skilled jobs.  In this category, the priority date moved forward from

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