March 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Visa Cap And Finishes Count

USCIS announced on April 11 that they had received enough applications to fill the FY 2019 H-1B Cap.  Just today they announced that they had completed the counting nad selection process.  We should begin to receive receipts first, then returned applications that were not selected.  Here is the text of the press release from USCIS:

Update from Charlie Oppenheim RE: Visa Bulletin Movement

Charlie Oppenheim recently released a new update on possible movement of various visa categories.  While for the most part there are no surprises, it is good to review what he says on your particular category to ensure you are not surprised in future months.  However, overall, it was a short update this month. EB-1:  All

Did Water Damage your Passport and/or Visa? Here is what you should do

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:

UPDATE: February 2016 Visa Bulletin

As we previously reported, the Department of State released the February 2016 visa bulletin several days ago.  Today, USCIS finally determined which dates (the “final action date” or the “dates for filing” can be used.  Their decision is: Family Based Cases You may use the “dates for filing” table to determine if you can file

February 2016 Visa Bulletin -Not Much Movement

The Department of State just came out with the Visa Bulletin for February 2016.  Unfortunately there was not much movement on either the family or employment front.  Below we summarize what movement there was. Family Based Immigrant Visas: Final Action Dates:  Most categories moved forward between 1-2 months. Dates For Filing:  Again, they moved 1-2

Does Hiring an Attorney Increase Your Chances of Success with USCIS?

I have had many potential clients ask me this question, and I wish I could give a simple “yes” or “no” answer. There are two things I can say for sure. First, just the fact that you have an attorney, while it does not make it more likely, in and of itself that the case

Alert: Revised October Visa Bulletin Issued

DOS just put out a revised visa bulletin for October, 2015.  No Final Action Dates were changed.  The only changes made were to the Dates for Filing.  Below are the changes that were made: In the Family Based categories the only changes made were for Mexico in the F1 (unmarried sons and daughters of US

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