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Department of State Releases March 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based second- and third-preference China categories show significant advancement. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

2/19/2016 - Adjustment of Status Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Applications Visa Bulletins

Department of State Releases February 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its February 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

1/29/2016 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...more

12/18/2015 - Adjustment of Status Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

DHS Proposes New Rule for STEM OPT Extension

New rule would extend STEM optional practical training to 24 months. On October 19, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend its F-1 nonimmigrant student...more

10/21/2015 - Adjustment of Status Colleges Comment Period DHS E-Verify Foreign Students Form F-1 H-1B Non-Immigrant Visas OPT Proposed Regulation STEM Time Extensions Universities Visas

US Department of State Issues November 2015 Visa Bulletin

The new bulletin shows no movement in filing date cutoffs and little movement in approval date cutoffs for those chargeable to India and China. The November 2015 Visa Bulletin shows little change from the October 2015...more

10/20/2015 - Adjustment of Status China EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 Filing Deadlines India Mexico Philippines Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State Visa Applications Visa Bulletins Visas

US Department of State Reissues October Visa Bulletin

The previously announced filing date cut-offs have been rolled back significantly. On September 25, the US Department of State issued a revised October Visa Bulletin that contains new and earlier filing cut-off dates...more

9/28/2015 - Adjustment of Status Non-Immigrant Visas Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

9/10/2015 - Adjustment of Status Applications EB-2 EB-3 Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards H-1B I-140 Permanent Residence Cards Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Significant Change to US Department of State Visa Bulletin

New class of cut-off dates to be created. According to multiple reliable sources, the US Department of State (State Department) is in the process of reengineering its system for determining immigrant visa availability...more

9/3/2015 - Adjustment of Status Applications China Foreign Nationals I-140 I-485 Applications India US Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases August 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines available, but backlogged to 2004. Cutoff dates for EB-3 China backlogged to 2004, while cutoff dates for Mexico and the rest of the world advance by three and a half months. Cutoff dates for...more

7/20/2015 - Adjustment of Status China EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 EB-5 F2-A Foreign Nationals Immigrants Immigration Procedures India Mexico Philippines US Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases May 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows minor forward movement in the EB-2 China category and the EB-3 India category, with no movement in the EB-2 India category or the EB-3 China category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its...more

4/14/2014 - Adjustment of Status China EB-2 EB-3 F2-A Foreign Priority Applications Hiring & Firing India Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State Visas

Department of State Releases April 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates in EB-2 or EB-3 India categories and continued advancement of the EB-3 China category ahead of the EB-2 China category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its...more

3/14/2014 - Adjustment of Status China EB-2 Immigrants US Department of State

Department of State Releases March 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows minor to moderate advancement of cutoff dates in all EB-2 and EB-3 categories, with the exception of EB-2 India, which will remain unchanged. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March...more

2/12/2014 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Immigrants US Department of State Visas

Department of State Releases February 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates in the EB-2 and EB-3 India categories; the cutoff dates in the EB-2 and EB-3 China categories show minor forward movement with EB-3 China continuing to move ahead of EB-2 China. ...more

1/14/2014 - Adjustment of Status China EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants India US Department of State

Department of State Releases January 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no movement of cutoff dates for individuals born in India in the EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories; the cutoff date for individuals born in China in the EB-3 category continues to move ahead of the EB-2...more

12/16/2013 - Adjustment of Status China EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants US Department of State Visas

Update: Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Numbers and Priority Date Cutoffs

Department of State’s Visa Office comments on demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories, indicating an early retrogression of the cutoff date for EB-2 India. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control...more

12/6/2013 - Adjustment of Status Compliance EB-2 Immigrants US Department of State USCIS Visas

Department of State Releases December 2013 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of the cutoff date for individuals born in India in the employment-based second preference category and continued advancement of the cutoff date for individuals born in China in the...more

11/13/2013 - Adjustment of Status EB-1 EB-2 EB-3 Immigrants US Department of State Visas

Department of State Releases October 2013 Visa Bulletin

There is no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based categories; spouses and children of permanent resident family-based sponsors no longer remain current. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more

9/12/2013 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Immigrants US Department of State Visas

Department of State Releases September 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-3 category for individuals from most countries advances significantly, and EB-2 category for individuals from India advances by five-and-a-half months. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its September...more

8/16/2013 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals Immigrants US Department of State Visas

U.S. Immigration Benefits Available to Same-Sex Spouses

USCIS issues expanded and revised FAQ in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning DOMA. ...more

7/29/2013 - Adjustment of Status DOMA Form I-130 Residency Requirements Same-Sex Marriage USCIS Visas Waivers

Department of State Releases August 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for individuals chargeable to India advances by more than three years. ...more

7/10/2013 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 Immigrants Immigration Reform US Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

USCIS Issues Numerous Requests for Evidence on Pending I-485 Applications

Identical requests on Adjustment of Status applications have been issued specifically to EB-2 applicants chargeable to India. On June 13, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) began issuing a substantial...more

6/26/2013 - Adjustment of Status I-485 Applications Requests for Evidence USCIS

Department of State Releases May 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with some considerable forward movement but continued backlog in the EB-3 category....more

4/12/2013 - Adjustment of Status EB-2 EB-3 Foreign Nationals US Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

Department of State Releases March 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with minor forward movement in the EB-3 category. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2013 Visa Bulletin. The Visa...more

2/14/2013 - Adjustment of Status Applications EB-2 EB-3 Priority Date Cutoff US Department of State Visa Bulletins Visas

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