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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

Immigration Alert: October 2013

I. USCIS Instructs on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional....more

Annual Green Card Lottery Opens October 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of State's Diversity Visa 2015 Immigrant Visa Program (more commonly referred to as the Green Card Lottery) begins Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. EDT and ends Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00...more

It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

Immigration News Flash: United States Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Opens Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 at Noon EDT and Will Close...

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for the next cycle of this popular program opens Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Entries must be submitted electronically between noon on October 1, 2013, and noon on November 2, 2013,...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: Family-based 2A Category Current for August

The waiting line for immigration of family members and those sponsored by their employers moves according to determinations made by the Department of State (DOS) each month....more

What Windsor Means for Same-Sex Married Couples Seeking U.S. Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. This Section of DOMA prohibited the U.S. government from conferring any...more

Reminder: Diversity Visa (“Green Card”) Lottery Deadline

The application period for the Department of State’s (DOS) Diversity Visa (DV) (“green card”) lottery for Fiscal Year 2014 began on October 2, 2012. Interested persons have until 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time on November...more

Waiting Lines for Family and Employment Categories: When Will I Receive My Green Card?

If you are applying for permanent residence in the United States, how do you figure out how long it will take? This seems like an easy question, but like many things with immigration, it can be complicated. ...more

Worldwide EB2 Retrogression- Now What?

An article about the recent news of retrogression for the visa category "Worldwide EB2." ...more

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES VISA RETROGRESSION FOR EB-2 INDIA & CHINA

As previously reported in a recent FosterQuan Immigration Update©, the Department of State confirmed that in May 2012, the EB-2 category for persons born in India and China will retrogress significantly, to August 15, 2007....more

EB-2 IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY FOR INDIA AND CHINA SET TO RETROGRESS SIGNIFICANTLY IN MAY 2012

The Department of State (DOS) recently published the April 2012 Visa Bulletin announcing that immigrant visa availability under the India and China employment-based second preference (EB-2) immigrant categories remained...more

Diversity Lottery for Green Cards Re-Opens

The U.S. State Department announced earlier this month that the registration period for the annual Diversity Visa lottery is open. This lottery allows foreign citizens from certain countries to apply for permanent...more

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