Visa backlog grows in August, causing longer delays for many green card applicants

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for August 2019. Almost all employment based (EB) green card categories are now experiencing backlogs which are expected to continue through September. In October, a new round of immigrant visas become…

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Visa Bulletin Trends for Employment Based Green Cards

Each month, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) checks in with Charlies Oppenheim, who is the Department of State (DOS) official responsible for managing the visa bulletin.   Here are AILA DOS Liaison Committee notes of its most recent monthly “check-in”…

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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for July 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 22, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India with a cutoff date of January 1, 2015 and China…

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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family-Sponsored or Employment-Based Immigrant Visas: February 2017

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please…

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What are the new priority date rules for employer sponsored green cards?

Because the U.S. has annual limits on the number of employment sponsored green cards issued (as determined by “preference” category and the applicant’s country of chargeability), most applicants who apply for a green card based on a job need to know…

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When to File Your Adjustment of Status Application for Family Sponsored or Employment-Based Preference Visas: November 2016

Are you seeking to adjust your status and become a U.S. permanent resident under a family-sponsored or employment-based preference immigrant visa? If you have not yet had a relative or employer file an immigrant visa petition on your behalf, please…

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November Visa Bulletin and Predictions for Green Card Availability Over Next Few Months

November Visa Bulletin shows some movement in several family and employment related green card categories. As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA),  here are some of the Department of State expectations for availability of green cards over the next…

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USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

Announcement from USCIS: USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures…

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DOS Predicts that All Visa Numbers For Every Immigrant Visa Category May Be Exhausted by September 30

Immediately following publication of each month’s Visa Bulletin, the American Immigration Lawyers Association will “check-in” with Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to obtain his analysis of current trends and future projections…

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DOS Visa Bulletin for April 2015

The Visa Bulletin for April 2015 is  now available. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, that is a part of the Department of State (DOS). This bulletin provides valuable information on the immigrant visa…

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