Category Archives: Green Card

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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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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USCIS Revises Form I-693 Validity Period

USCIS has revised its policy regarding the validity period for Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. Form I-693 is submitted to USCIS to establish that an applicant is not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds. Effective June 1, 2014, Form I-693 filed in support of a benefit application such as an I-485, is now … 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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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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DHS to publish new rules regarding employment authorization for H-4 visa holders

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to publish new rules regarding employment authorization for spouses of some H-1B workers. Although DHS has not revealed full details of its proposed rulemaking, it is expected to grant eligibility for employment authorization to H-4 visa holders who are spouses of H-1B workers who have filed for lawful permanent residence through employment … 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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