U.S. Government Immigration Authorities' Visa Number Rescission Bamboozles Employers & Their Foreign Employees


On June 13, 2007, the Department of State gave foreign workers and their family members who were waiting in line for green cards the opportunity to take a significant step toward completing their U.S. permanent residence process. The State Department announced that, after years of

backlogs, visa numbers for the foreign nationals would be available effective Sunday, July 1, 2007. In the last weeks of June, the foreign nationals and their employers scrambled to gather the necessary paperwork to file as soon after July 1 as possible. On Monday, July 2, 2007, the State

Department pulled the rug out from under them, announcing that the visa numbers would not be available until at least October 1, 2007. As a consequence, the Department of Homeland Security announced it may reject applications it receives between July and October.

Who does this affect?

This reversal affects foreign nationals in employment-based classifications applying for U.S. permanent resident status and “green cards.” It does not affect family-based classifications or petitions for temporary or nonimmigrant status.

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