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Department of State Releases June 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines retrogress by two and a half years, cutoff dates for EB-2 India advance by five and a half months, cutoff dates in EB-2 China advance by one year, cutoff dates for EB-3 China advance by four...more

5/15/2015 - Department of State Visa Bulletins

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

USCIS will begin returning petitions not selected in the lottery. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 4 that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions...more

5/5/2015 - H-1B Lottery USCIS

H-1B Cap Premium Processing to Begin April 27

The USCIS has commenced issuing receipts for cap-subject H-1B petitions. On April 27, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions that request premium...more

4/16/2015 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps

H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2016 Reached

USCIS announced that it has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap or the advanced degree cap exemption....more

4/9/2015 - H-1B Lottery Visa Caps Visas

Changes Announced to UK Immigration Rules

Notable changes include changes to application fees, the business visitor rules, and the introduction of a super premium service for applications submitted in the United States. The UK Home Office has released a...more

3/13/2015 - UK

Department of State Releases March 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by sixteen months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by five months, cutoff dates for China advance by five and a half months, and EB-3 China is still ahead...more

2/18/2015 - Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Filing Deadlines Immigration Procedures Visas

Immigration Update 2015

Biometric Residence Permit regulations will begin rollout in March. New regulations will require individuals from overseas who apply for a visa for more than six months to obtain a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)...more

2/12/2015 - Immigration Procedures UK Visas

H-1B Filing Season Is Here - January 2015

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2016 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin...more

1/27/2015 - Filing Season H-1B USCIS Visas

Department of State Releases February 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category advance by six and a half months, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by five months, cutoff dates for China advance by six months, and EB-3 China is still ahead of...more

1/22/2015 - China EB-2 EB-3 India Visas

Department of State Releases January 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World advance by seven months, cutoff dates for China advance by nine months, and EB-3 China is still ahead of EB-2...more

12/17/2014 - China Department of State EB-2 EB-3 F2-A India Visa Caps Visas

President Obama Announces Executive Actions on Immigration

The actions will prioritize immigration enforcement, offer temporary work authorization to undocumented immigrants, and implement changes that benefit highly skilled workers....more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

Department of State Releases December 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Bulletin shows that cutoff dates in the EB-2 India category remain severely backlogged, cutoff dates in EB-3 for the Rest of the World and China advance by five months, and EB-3 China is now ahead of EB-2 China....more

11/14/2014 - China Deadlines Department of State India Visas

Visa Waiver Travelers to Face Additional Security Screenings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will tighten screening measures on travelers who use the Visa Waiver Program in response to concerns over Islamist militants who hold U.S. or European passports....more

11/4/2014 - DHS Immigrants Travel Visa Waiver Program Visas

Department of State Releases November 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of cutoff date in EB-2 India category; meanwhile, the cutoff date in all other employment-based categories will advance. EB-3 China will once again move ahead of EB-2 China....more

10/14/2014 - China EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants India USCIS Visas

DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cutoff

New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India have been provided....more

9/17/2014 - Department of State EB-2 Immigrants India Visas

Department of State Releases October 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows slight forward movement in all employment-based preference categories, with the exception of the EB-2 India category, which will remain unchanged....more

9/12/2014 - Department of State EB-2 India Visas

Department of State Releases September 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows continued forward movement in the EB-2 India category while the cutoff dates in most other employment-based categories remain unchanged....more

8/14/2014 - Department of State EB-1 EB-2 Immigrants India Visas

Technical Problems with Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Passport/Visa Issuance Systems

Although the Bureau of Consular Affairs is operational, it is currently issuing documents at a reduced capacity; it is expected to take weeks to resume full system functionality....more

8/6/2014 - Delays Department of State Passports Visas

Department of State Releases August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The bulletin shows minor advancement in the EB-2 category for applicants chargeable to India and China as well as significant advancement in the EB-3 category for applicants chargeable to China and the Philippines, minor...more

7/15/2014 - China Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants India Visas

Department of State Releases July 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows nearly four years of advancement in the EB-2 category for applicants chargeable to India and minor advancement for applicants chargeable to China as well as significant advancement in the EB-3 category for...more

6/12/2014 - Department of State EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants Visas

U.S. Consular Posts in Canada Temporarily Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Processing for TCNs

Third Country Nationals may be unable to schedule nonimmigrant visa appointments at U.S. consulates and embassies throughout Canada this summer. U.S. consular posts in Canada have temporarily suspended nonimmigrant...more

6/3/2014 - Canada Non-Immigrant Visas Visas

Visa Unavailability in EB-3 China Category Implemented by State Department

The new EB-3 China cut-off date for AOS applications that was set to take effect June 1 was implemented early as of May 9. Responding to a query by the American Immigration Lawyers Association regarding the effect of...more

6/3/2014 - China Department of State EB-3 Immigrants Visas

Department of State Releases June 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows significant retrogression in the EB-3 category for applicants chargeable to China, Mexico, and the Rest of the World as well as significant retrogression in the F2A category for applicants chargeable to all...more

5/14/2014 - EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 F2-A Priority Date Cutoff Retrogression

Homeland Security Issues Proposals to Attract/Retain Highly Skilled Immigrants

Proposed regulations would grant employment authorization to qualifying H-4 nonimmigrants; apply a 240-day extension of employment authorization to timely filed requests for extensions of stay for E-3, H-1B1, and CW-1...more

5/8/2014 - CW-1 DHS E-3 Employment Authorization Document H-1B H-1B1 Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Proposed Regulation

Canada: Changes to Federal Permanent Residence Programs Announced

New instructions revise caps and eligible occupations for federal immigrant worker programs. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released new instructions regarding the processing of applications under the...more

5/1/2014 - Canada Citizenship Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigrants Visa Caps Visas

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