November 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Forward Advancement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2017, showing modest forward advancement in all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current for all countries. The EB-2 category continues to be current for applicants born...

October 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 Current for All Countries

The U.S. Department of State published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2017. As anticipated with the new fiscal year and allotment of immigrant visas in October, China and India EB-1 have become current, so the EB-1 category is now current for all countries. The EB-2...

September 2017 Visa Bulletin – Forward Progress for EB-2 Category

The U.S. Department of State published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for September 2017, moving forward nine (9) months to January 1, 2016 the previously announced “cut-off date” for the EB-2 Category under the “Final Action cut off dates,” except for India and China which remain...

August 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 “All Other” Category Retrogresses

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for August 2017, establishing a “cut-off date” of April 1, 2015, for the EB-2 “All Other” Category under the “Final Action cut off dates”.  The EB-2 category is listed as “current,” meaning no backlog in...

June 2017 Visa Bulletin – Significant Retrogression for EB-1 China and India

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for June 2017, which shows a retrogression of the “Final Action Cut Off” dates of over five (5) years for EB-1 China and India to January 1, 2012.  Adjustment of Status applications (Form I-485) for EB-1 China...

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  The complexity is due in part to an outdated immigrant quota system that was already a few years old by the time Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969.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...

September 2016 Visa Bulletin Shows Little Progress and Cutoff Dates Remain for EB-1 China and India, EB-2 “All Other”

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for September 2016, reporting little or no advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for applicants in most employment-based categories. The largest progression in the “final action cutoff date” was by...

August 2016 Visa Bulletin Establishes Cutoff Dates For EB-1 China and India, EB-2 “All Other”

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for August 2016, bringing about the predicted retrogression in visa availability under the Employment-based, First Preference (EB-1) category for persons born in India or China, and under the EB-2 category...

April 2016 Visa Bulletin Shows Modest Advancement for All Categories

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) recently published Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2016 reports modest advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for applicants in all employment-based categories experiencing a backlog. The largest progression in the “final action cutoff...

March Visa Bulletin Shows Significant Advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 China

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) recently published Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2016 contains several forward changes to the “final action cutoff date” for individuals in the Employment-based, Second and Third Preference categories (EB-2 and EB-3). The largest progression...
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