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2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Coming to a Close

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State commenced accepting applications for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes available up to 50,000 immigrant visas...more

New System, Same Result

The new “two-pronged” priority date system announced recently by the U.S. State Department appears, thus far, to promise more of the same for foreign nationals in historically over-subscribed visa categories. The November...more

Die DV-2017 Green Card Lotterie

Es ist wieder an der Zeit die Green Card Lotterie zu spielen! 50.000 Einwanderungsvisa werden von der US-Regierung verlost. Das Außenministerium wird die Anträge (E-DV Entry Form oder DS-5501) für die DV-2017 Green Card...more

DOS vs USCIS: Visa Bulletin Games

Last week USCIS issued guidance stating that it will advise which of the two visa bulletin charts; Dates for Filing Visa Applications or Application Final Action Date applicants should use....more

US Department of State Issues November 2015 Visa Bulletin

The new bulletin shows no movement in filing date cutoffs and little movement in approval date cutoffs for those chargeable to India and China. The November 2015 Visa Bulletin shows little change from the October 2015...more

The DV-2017 Green Card Lottery - Register Before November 3, 2015

While some wait decades for their turn to receive a “green card”, and there are discussion about building walls to keep immigrants out of the U.S., 55,000 immigrant visas are “won” each year in a Green Card Lottery! It is...more

Visa Bulletin: More Changes Impacting the I-485 Process

As previously reported in our legal update from September 10, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) made a major change to the Visa Bulletin in early September. Then, on September 25, 2015, that Visa Bulletin was rescinded and...more

USCIS and DOS Attempt to Clarify Increasingly Complex Visa Bulletin Situation

Each month, the Department of State (“DOS”) publishes current immigrant visa availability information in its Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available to prospective immigrants...more

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Offers Alternative Immigration Path for Employees Subject to Backlogs

The U.S. Department of State opened the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery registration for FY 2017 at noon eastern standard time (EST) on October 1, 2015. It will close on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at noon (EST). The DV program...more

USCIS Issues Further Guidance on the New Filing Date Visa Bulletin

In September, USCIS announced that some individuals would be eligible to file adjustment of status applications following a separate Dates for Filing Visa Applications (“filing date”) chart. This chart differed from the...more

International Depositions and Visa Requirements

When planning international travel, visa requirements can sometimes throw a monkey wrench into the process. This is bad enough when planning a highly anticipated vacation. When planning international travel for business,...more

US Department of State 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Opens - Feeling Lucky?

The US Department of State has announced that registration for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery (DV-2017) has opened on October 1 and will close on November 3. The DV-2017 program started in 1986 with 10,000...more

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Begins on October 1, 2015, and Ends on November 3, 2015

The Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (“DV-2017”) lottery. The registration period begins on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) and concludes on...more

2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

The U.S. Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the DV-2017 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program. The DV Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent residence in the...more

Immigration News Flash: 2017 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens October 1, 2015!

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2017 opens Thursday, October 1, 2015. Entries must be submitted electronically at: between noon on October 1, 2015, and noon on November 3,...more

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin. As we noted in our last Alert, the DOS recently changed the format of its Visa Bulletin to add cutoffs for application dates. These are...more

Immigration Update: Visa application dates moved back in some categories for October 1 filings

The Department of State released a revised October Visa Bulletin Friday, September 25. The revision moves back several categories in the new Dates for Filing charts. (For the original dates, please see our previous post...more

Cruel Joke: Department of State Backtracks on New October 2015 Visa Bulletin: Dates for Filing Retrogress for EB-2 India and EB-2...

In a shocking move late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin that supersedes the Visa Bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. The most dramatic changes...more

USCIS Halts Processing of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications Until October 1

The U.S. Department of State reports that the statutory cap for employment-based preference categories for fiscal year (FY) 2015 has been reached. The federal government’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30....more

EB Filing Dates Pushed Back in Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin

On September 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015 that supersedes the original Bulletin dated September 9, 2015. In the current Bulletin, the dates for certain...more

US Department of State Reissues October Visa Bulletin

The previously announced filing date cut-offs have been rolled back significantly. On September 25, the US Department of State issued a revised October Visa Bulletin that contains new and earlier filing cut-off dates...more

Visa Bulletin 2.0 and its Implications for Early Filing for Adjustment of Status

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Government pleasantly surprised the immigration world by publishing a new type of monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2015 with USCIS announcement about a new approach to the timing of the ability...more

Not So Fast! Department of State Releases Updated Visa Bulletin for October 2015

Earlier this month, USCIS, in coordination with the Department of State (“DOS”), announced that it was revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or...more

October Visa Bulletin Revised: New EB-2 India and China Filing Dates Retrogress

It’s September 25th, not April 1st! Like a cruel April Fool’s joke, the October Visa Bulletin has just been revised and the new India & China EB-2 filing dates have retrogressed. The instructions in bold type in the new...more

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