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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

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

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  /  EB-2 , India , US Department of State , 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached - Update

USCIS received approximately 172,500 H-1B cap-subject petitions during the filing period that began April 1 and conducted its computer-generated random selection process on April 10. ...more

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

H-1B Cap for 2015 Fiscal Year Reached

USCIS has stopped accepting H-1B petitions subject to the 2015 fiscal year H-1B cap or the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a...more

4/8/2014  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

UK Home Office Announces New Technology Sector Visa Route

The exceptional talent route has opened up through Tech City UK. The UK Home Office has announced that, starting 6 April 2014, it will open up a new visa route for the technology sector to reflect London’s growing...more

3/17/2014  /  Technology , UK , 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

U.S. Department of State to Begin Conducting Random J-1 Site Visits

J-1 hosts should review their policies and procedures in anticipation of unannounced site visits. The U.S. Department of State, Office of Private Sector Exchange, will begin conducting random J-1 host site visits...more

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

USCIS to Expand Site Visit Program to Include L-1 Petitioners

Employers of L-1 transferees should now set up processes to deal with such visits. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced its intention to begin conducting worksite inspection visits to...more

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

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

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

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