EB-2 Visas

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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

Retrogression for EB-2 Petitions from India

Many foreign nationals from India were disheartened to learn that the priority cut-off date for the EB-2 work visa recently retrogressed by nearly four years, further delaying the approval process....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

Heavy Demand Results In Untimely Retrogression For EB-2 India

Employers and their attorneys monitor the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin to determine when sponsored employees may file adjustment of status applications on Form I-485 (the last step in the permanent residence...more

What Is the Difference between the EB2 and EB3 Preference Categories?

When a foreign national working in the United States wishes to obtain a green card to stay in the country permanently, he or she often does so through the PERM labor certification process. While there are other avenues for...more

How to File a Subsequent I-140 to Convert Visa Classification

“The waiting is the hardest part,” says the popular Tom Petty song. Well, the same is often true after you have filed the I-140 petition for an employment-based visa. In fact, in some cases, foreign nationals from specific...more

What Can I Do If EB3 Priority Has Surpassed the EB2 Availability?

Employment-based visas have five difference preference categories based on the position sought and the applicant’s qualifications. For instance, the EB2 category is available for professionals holding advanced degrees (or...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

Expect Significant EB-2 India Retrogression In December

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

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

USCIS Releases November Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released its November 2013 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...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

Department of State Releases November 2013 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based second preference category and moderate forward movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based third preference category for individuals...more

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

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

Significant Advancement Of EB-2 India Cut-Off Date

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

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Huge Leap for India EB2 in August

News travels fast, so you may have already heard that the waiting line for the EB2 (advance degree professional) category for India jumped from September 1, 2004, in July to January 1, 2008, for August....more

Department of State Releases August 2013 Visa Bulletin

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

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

Department of State Releases July 2013 Visa Bulletin

EB-2 category for all chargeable areas other than China and India remains current, with considerable forward movement in the EB-3 category for the third month in a row....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

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

Department of State Releases April 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 April 2013 Visa Bulletin. The...more

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

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