Monthly Visa Bulletin – Explaining the (Nearly) Unexplainable

The U.S. immigration system is complex.  The complexity is due in part to an outdated immigrant quota system that was already a few years old by the time Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969. This quota system is broken down into quotas for family-based and...

FY-2015 Immigrant Quota Reached for Employment-Based Applicants

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services announced that the employment-based immigrant visa quota was reached for Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015). The CIS will suspend final adjudication of I-485 Applications...

U.K. – Tier 2 Monthly Quota Reached

The quota for non-EU national skilled workers in the United Kingdom has been reached for the first time since the classification was implemented in 2011. The quota applies to those employer applications filed for employees under the Tier 2 work authorization category and on the...

Act Now – H-1B Filing Date Approaching Rapidly

In just under four weeks, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions filed under the Fiscal Year 2016 (October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016) H-1B quota. No more than 85,000 new H-1B visa numbers, which include 20,000 Master’s...

SWITZERLAND – Work Permit Quota Numbers to be Reduced in 2015

Beginning January 1, 2015, and pursuant to a recent amendment to the Swiss Ordinance on Admission, Stay, and Employment (OASA), the number of Swiss work and residence permits available to foreign nationals will be reduced in 2015. Quota Reductions for Non-EU/EFTA nationals The...
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