Category Archives: EB-1

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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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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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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BRAIN Act would create new visa for STEM doctoral graduates

Last week Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives which would create a new class of employment-based visas designed specifically to keep foreign students who graduate from U.S. doctoral programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields in the United States.  The Best Return on America’s Investment Now (BRAIN) Act would create an … more

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With EB-2 and EB-3 Priority Dates Improving Slowly, Alternative Solutions Merit Consideration

The June 2011 Visa Bulletin reinforces uncertainty, and perhaps disappointment, for Indian and Chinese nationals in the EB-2 classification.  Despite the “extra” visas intended to spill into these categories, the improvement in visa cutoff dates is moderate – ten weeks for China and fifteen for India. The EB-2 dates have not improved as much as anticipated and might not do so … more

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