November Visa Bulletin and an Update From Charlie Oppenheim

Update from Charlie Oppenheim on Immigrant Visa Availability

EB-1 for China and India Backlogged come April 1

Charlie Oppenheimer and the Department of State have determined that, because of increased usage of the EB-1 immigration visas that, come April 1 they will have to backlog this category for both India and China. Both have been backlogged to January 1, 2012 (a date for which there will be no demand). This action was

Check in With Charlie Oppenheim on Immigrant Visa Movement

Charlie Oppenheim has released some more information on how he sees immigrant visa usage heading this year. Overall his  predictions are largely positive, with forward movement predicted in most categories.  However, it should be noted that the new USCIS policy requiring transfer of employment-based I-485s to field offices for interview is expected to increase volatility

October Visa Bulletin Released

Today, USCIS released the October Visa Bulletin. The big changes are the EB1 coming current (as well as EB2 Worldwide) and a big jump forward in the F4 (siblings of a US Citizen) category for Worldwide, China and, to a lesser extent, India. Below is a summary of the developments this month: Employment Based: EB1:

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

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

National Interest Waiver (NIW): NYSDOT overturned, new standard introduced

On December 28th, 2016 the Administrative Appeals Office issued a decision in Matter of DHANASAR that has changed the landscape for National Interest Waiver cases.  This is of major importance as the National Interest Waiver is one of only two self-sponsored applications and many scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and others use this application to obtain Permanent

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

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