May 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Advances for Most Employment Based Visa Categories

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for May 2017, which shows minor advancement in the “final action cut-off” dates and significant movement forward and backward in the “filing cut-off” dates. Final Action Cut-off Dates Notable advancements of...

April 2017 Visa Bulletin Reflects Continued Forward Progress for EB-3 China and the Philippines

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2017, which reflects similar levels and areas of advancement as reported in our March 2017 Visa Bulletin Update. The most notable advancement continues to be moderate forward progress in the “final...

March 2017 Visa Bulletin Shows Moderate Advancement for EB-3 China and the Philippines

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for March 2017, showing minor advancement in the EB-2 preference category for nationals of China and India. The EB-3 category shows no advancement for applicants born in India, moderate advancement in t...

February 2017 Visa Bulletin Shows Slight Advancement for EB-2 China and Entire EB-3 Category

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for February 2017, reporting slight advancement in the “final action cutoff date” for EB-2 applicants born in China and for the entire EB-3 category. The final action dates for other employment based...

January 2017 Visa Bulletin Shows Minor Advancement for EB-2 China and India, EB-3 China and Philippines

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for January 2017, reporting minor advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for EB-2 applicants born in China and India and for EB-3 applicants born in China and the Philippines. The final action...

Five Tips for Managing the Holiday Travel – and Visa Application – Season

Planning holiday travel?  You aren’t the only one.  Many temporary workers and students in the United States will travel internationally during the holiday season.  And many will need to apply for new visas before returning to work or school in January.  This annual rush of...

Visa Bulletin Advances Slightly; USCIS Continues to Allow Earlier Filing Dates

The U.S. Department of State recently published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2016, reporting slight advancement to the “final action cutoff date” for applicants in most employment-based categories. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) has again announced that...

Visa Overstays Get Short Shrift in Border Security Debate

SAN DIEGO — More than 20 years had elapsed since the U.S. government estimated how many people entered the country legally and overstayed their visas. The updated numbers, finally published in January, were sobering. The Homeland Security Department said 527,127 people who were...

A life in limbo

For H1-B visa holders, a layoff means a severe career derailment. By Lydia DePillis Until March, Ashwani Chandra’s life was proceeding according to plan. After getting a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, he worked for three years...

U.S. Consulates in India Report Visa Appointment Availability

The long visa appointment wait times reported over the summer have decreased significantly and U.S. Consulates in India are now reporting the following greatly reduced wait times: Post Visitor (B) or Student (F-1) Visa Wait Time (in days) Other Appointment (H-1B, L-1) Wait Time...
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