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DOS Alert: China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014

According to the U.S. Department of State, effective Saturday, August 23, 2014, the China Employment Fifth (EB-5) preference category has become "Unavailable" for the remainder of the fiscal year 2014. This action is...more

Problems With Availability of EB-5 Visas for Chinese Nationals

On August 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that the EB-5 visa category for Chinese nationals will be unavailable in the upcoming September 2014 Visa Bulletin because the maximum number of EB-5 visas for...more

August 2014 Visa Bulletin: Advancement of EB-3 China and EB-2 India Cut-off Dates

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority date cut-offs that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process, either...more

Energy & Environment Update - July 2014 #3

In This Issue: - Commerce Department Action on Solar Trade Case - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Agriculture - Department of Commerce -...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

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 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

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

Energy And Environment Update -- July 22, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Government...more

Energy And Environment Update -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Agriculture; Department of Energy; Department of Homeland Security; Department of State; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission;...more

Energy And Environment Update -- April 1, 2013

In This Issue: Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Interior Department; Department of Homeland Security; Department of State; Department of Treasury; Government...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

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

Immigration Insights (January 2011)

In This Issue: H-1B Cap for FY11 Has Been Reached; February 2011 Visa Bulletin; Crimes and Immigration Consequences; Guidance on Completing I-9 in “Extension of Stay” Situations; and, May Employers Recover Costs of H-1B or...more

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