March Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has released the March Visa Bulletin.  In the employment based (EB) categories the priority dates continue to move forward for China, Mexico, the Philippines, and the Rest of the World (ROW) by several months in most cases. In addition, EB-2 India’s priority date moved significantly forward following several months of previous Visa … more

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February Visa Bulletin

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs released the February Visa Bulletin. Similar to previous visa bulletins, non-India EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates continue to move forward.  Unlike the previous visa bulletins, the February bulletin  moved the priority date for EB-2 India more significantly forward than previous bulletins. EB-2 China moved forward by just over one month from February 1, 2010 … more

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January Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs has released the January 2015 Visa Bulletin. India’s priority dates continue to progress slowly if at all while most other categories’ priority dates moved forward more substantially. India EB-2 remains unchanged at February 15, 2005 while India EB-3 continues to progress at the predicted pace of a few weeks each bulletin … more

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December Visa Bulletin

The December 2014 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State Office of Consular Affairs, continues to follow previous predictions for priority dates. EB-2 India’s priority date remains at February 15, 2005, while EB-3 India has moved forward slightly from November 22, 2003 to December 1, 2003. EB-2 China progressed by about one month from December 8, 2009 to January … more

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November Visa Bulletin: Advances and Retrogressions as Predicted

As predicted, in the November Visa Bulletin EB-2 India has retrogressed significantly, while other categories’ priority dates have advanced. EB-2 India retrogressed from May 1, 2009 in the October Bulletin to February 15, 2005, a retrogression of more than four years. Meanwhile, EB-3 China advanced from April 1, 2009 to January 1, 2010 and EB-3 ROW, Mexico and the Philippines … more

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Visa Bulletin Projections Are A Mixed Bag

As part of the most recent AILA DC Chapter meeting, a discussion session was held with Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State’s Office of Consular Affairs, in which Mr. Oppenheim predicted upcoming priority dates for employment-based visas. Unfortunately, Mr. Oppenheim predicted that EB-2 India will see a significant retrogression by end of … more

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EB-2 India unavailable for remainder of FY 2014 with retrogression likely by end of year

Effective as of  September 10, 2014, the EB-2 India category became unavailable for the remainder of FY 2014 which ends September 30, 2014.  This announcement will have no effect on the priority dates listed in the October Visa Bulletin released earlier this week. Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State, explained that … more

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October Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s Office of Consular Affairs has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. In the employment based categories, the October bulletin has moved several priority dates forward.  The EB-3 priority date for Mexico, the Philippines, and all other countries except India and China is now October 1, 2011, a forward movement of six months from the September bulletin.  … more

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September Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s Office of Consular Affairs has released the September 2014 Visa Bulletin. As was the case with the July and August bulletins, the September bulletin has advanced the EB-2 India priority date.  The India EB-2 priority date is now May 1, 2009, a forward movement of over four months from the August bulletin.  The only other priority … more

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2014 USCIS Ombudsman Report: Ongoing Issues with Case Adjudication and Service Requests

The 2014 USCIS Ombudsman Annual Report, released on June 27, highlighted several ongoing problems with the adjudication of H-1B and L-1 petitions and with responses to service requests. Stakeholders primary concern with adjudication is the issuance of unnecessary and unduly burdensome Requests for Evidence (RFEs).  Currently, 43 percent of L-1A petitions and 50 percent of L-1B petitions receive an RFE.  In … more

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