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USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

A megera! Petições da lei VAWA para homens – Parte I

Panorama - A Lei de Combate à Violência contra as Mulheres (VAWA) permite que imigrantes vítimas de violência solicitem status legal nos Estados Unidos sem precisar que cônjuges, pais ou filhos cidadãos americanos ou...more

La Bruja! - VAWA Petitions for Men – Part I

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows battered immigrants to petition for legal status in the United States without relying on abusive U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouses, parents or children to sponsor...more

Department of Homeland Security Proposes USCIS Fee Increases

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed increasing the fees that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) charges for certain immigration and naturalization filings. The proposal...more

Department of State Releases January 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based adjustment of status applicants must file using the Application Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out...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

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

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

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

USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications Until October 1, 2015

Effective September 24, 2015, USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Adjustment of Status Applications. Cited as the reason is the Department of State’s report that the statutory cap has been reached for...more

USCIS To Accept Certain I-485/AOS Applications Before Priority Date Becomes Current

Exciting news from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) this week. The agencies announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will accept for...more

Visa Bulletin Revised: New System Allows for Filing of Applications for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) Sooner!

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in coordination with the Department of State (DOS), announced that it was "revising the procedures for determining visa availability...more

Department of State Releases October 2015 Visa Bulletin

A new category of “filing” cutoff dates has been introduced to allow for earlier filing of adjustment of status applications and immigrant visa applications. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2015...more

USCIS To Accept Certain I-485 Applications Before Priority Date Becomes Current

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will accept for filing I-485 applications to adjust status...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

U.S. Immigration Benefits Available to Same-Sex Spouses

USCIS issues expanded and revised FAQ in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning DOMA. ...more

EB-2 IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY BACKLOGGED FOR ALL COUNTRIES OF BIRTH STARTING JULY 1, 2012

On Monday, June 11th, the Department of State published the July 2012 Visa Bulletin, establishing a “cut-off date” of January 1, 2009, for EB-2 applicants born in countries other than India and China. EB-2 immigrant visas...more

FY-2012 EB-2 IMMIGRANT VISAS EXHAUSTED FOR INDIA & CHINA

On Wednesday, May 9th, the Department of State published the June 2012 Visa Bulletin, announcing that immigrant visa numbers are no longer available under the Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB-2) category for applicants...more

EB-2 IMMIGRANT VISAS UNAVAILABLE FOR INDIA AND CHINA UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2012

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the May 2012 Visa Bulletin reflecting significant retrogression in EB-2 immigrant visa availability under the India and China employment-based second preference...more

IMMIGRANT VISA AVAILABILITY UNDER THE MARCH VISA BULLETIN CONTINUES TO ADVANCE FOR INDIA AND CHINA EB-2 CATEGORY

The Department of State (DOS) has published the March 2012 Visa Bulletin announcing that the priority date for the India and China employment-based second preference (EB-2) categories is May 1, 2010, which is a four-month...more

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