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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

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

May Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released its May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are...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

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

Visa Bulletin for November - Good News Again

The immigrant visa numbers are out for November and fortunately no “retrogression” in the major categories will be seen. (“Retrogression” is when the waiting line moves backward – not a good thing.) Instead many categories...more

New regulation on foreigners' exit and entry administration takes effect on 1 September 2013 in China

After the new PRC exit-entry law has come into force on 1 July 2013, the State Council issued a new regulation on the administration of foreigners' exit and entry (New Regulation) on 12 July 2013 to clarify the rules relating...more

Visa Bulletin for October 2013

The Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for October 2013. The family-based 2A category is no longer current and is now listed at September 2013 and the employment-based second preference category for China advanced...more

Visa Bulletin for September Offers More Good News

Each month the Department of State issues a bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant numbers for the upcoming month, and its September Visa Bulletin continues August’s trend with more good news....more

China Revises Immigration Laws

China recently implemented the “Exit-Entry Administration Law,” a new law that is intended to standardize the issuance of visas for foreigners, as well as related services and management. Scheduled to take effect on...more

Tied to Your Desk? Blocked at the Door? Changes in China’s Visa Policies for Foreigners

Expatriates and foreign investors beware! China’s new immigration law and policies have changed the visa requirements for foreigners who would like to work in the PRC and adopted heightened penalties for those who violate the...more

New Chinese Immigration Law Changes Residence Permit Procedures for Foreign Nationals

The new Chinese “Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China,” which took effect on July 1, 2013, will result in major changes to the residence permit procedures for foreign nationals who intend to...more

Department of State Releases June 2013 Visa Bulletin

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

Work and Resident Permit Applications of Foreign Employees in China

The most important issue for foreigners working in China is to apply for work and resident permits with Chinese authorities. Compare with the procedures and documents required for foreigners who work for a foreign...more

China 20/20 Legal and Regulatory Developments - January 2013

In This Issue: SAFE Issues Notice of State Administration of Foreign Exchange on Further Improving and Adjusting Foreign Exchange Policies Related to Direct Investment; SAFE Makes Revisions to Provisions on Foreign...more

Department of State Releases December 2012 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas remains current. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released its December 2012 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cutoffs that regulate the...more

VISA BULLETIN UPDATE: EB2 INDIA AND CHINA MAY MOVE TO 2006 CUT-OFF

1. VISA BULLETIN UPDATE: EB2 INDIA AND CHINA MAY MOVE TO 2006 CUT-OFF 2. VISA APPOINTMENT SYSTEM CHANGES AT U.S. CONSULATES IN INDIA 1. VISA BULLETIN UPDATE: EB2 INDIA AND CHINA MAY MOVE TO 2006 CUT-OFF Last...more

WORLDWIDE CUT-OFF OF EMPLOYMENT BASED SECOND PREFERENCE CATEGORY (EB-2) EXPECTED IN JULY

Recent reports indicate that the U.S. State Department may issue a priority date cut-off for the EB-2 category WORLDWIDE in July. The EB-2 cut-off date is expected to appear in the July 2012 Visa Bulletin, which should be...more

Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2) Unavailable for China and India

The Visa Bulletin for June 2012 has recently been published and shows unavailability of immigrant visas in the employment-based second preference (EB-2) category for individuals who are born in China or India. The EB-2...more

VISA BULLETIN FOR JUNE 2012

The following information is provided by the Visa Office regarding the cut-off dates for the month of June 2012. FAMILY PREFERENCES...more

Immigration Visa Availability Continues to Significantly Advance for EB-2 India & China

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for February 2012, announcing that the cutoff dates for the EB-2 India and EB-2 China categories for the month of February will advance one year, from January 1,...more

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