Category Archives: Department of State

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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July Visa Bulletin Posted

The Department of State’s Office of Consular Affairs released the July visa bulletin today, June 10, 2014.  Unlike the June visa bulletin which saw retrogression for several countries in the EB-2 and EB-3 categories, the July visa bulletin has moved some priority dates forward. The biggest forward movement is for EB-2 India, as predicted by Charles Oppenheim, senior official at … more

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Advances in EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates predicted

Charles Oppenheim, senior State Department official in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, predicts that there will be an advancement of the EB-2 and EB-3 priority dates for India and China by the September visa bulletin.  The advancement of the priority dates will be due to unused visas in the EB-1 and EB-2 worldwide categories that are expected to spillover for … more

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June Visa Bulletin Posted

The State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs released the June Visa Bulletin on May 7.  In large part, priority dates for EB-2 have remained the same while EB-3 has retrogressed. The priority date for all applicants in the EB-2 category not from India or China continue to be current.  The priority date for China moved up slightly from April 15, 2009 in … more

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Department of State Offers Projections on EB-1 Visa Demand and EB-2 Cutoff Dates

On April 21, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) spoke with Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and  Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Office regarding his expectations on visa demand for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. In the course of that discussion, Mr. Oppenheim offered a few projections with regard to EB-1 visa demand and its … more

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The Great Overseas Jobs Creator

A US Chamber of Commerce sponsored event early this year underscored the visa challenges facing multinational giants.  Companies described their L-1 intracompany visa woes to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, reporting that they do not have the needed flexibility to deploy professional resources to the US for various projects, whether in the manufacturing sector or the information technology arena.  The bottom … more

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As India and China EB-2 Priority Dates Advance, Does a Freeze or Retrogression Look Likely in 2012?

The U.S. Department of State just issued the January 2012 Visa Bulletin, heralding a ten month improvement in priority date cut-offs for Indian and Chinese nationals in the second employment-based visa preference category, more commonly known as the “EB-2” classification.  While this rapid advancement in visa cut-off dates is truly welcome news, eligible EB-2 visa beneficiaries are well advised to … more

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India EB-2 Priority Dates: Congress Holds the Key to Continued Improvement

The recent India EB-2 priority date improvement announced in the May 2011 Visa Bulletin has sparked speculation regarding continued progress with the category.  Pressure is mounting on employers to file (or “re-file”) cases for employees in the EB-2 category in hopes that fresh EB-2 cases will lift their EB-3 applications from the unthinkable backlogs they’ve faced for years.  But is … more

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