November 2017 Visa Bulletin

The November 2017 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most notably, the potentially monthly movement was less than anticipated in the October 2017 visa bulletin. November 2017 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 24 days to 15 November 2015, F2B preference advances 7 days to a PD of[…]

October 2017 Visa Bulletin Category

The October 2017 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most notably, all EB1 priority dates returned to current as did EB2 priority dates for countries other than India and China. F4 returned for all countries other than China, India, the Philippines, and Mexico returned to its pre-retrogression priority while F4 India advanced beyond its pre-retrogression[…]

September 2017 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2017 Visa Bulletin was recently released. Most notably, F1 and F4 retrogressed for all countries except Mexico and the Philippines to May 1, 2010 and January 1, 2002 respectively. These categories will become current again on October 1, 2017. Additionally, there was forward movement in some of the employment-based categories that previously retrogressed. Please[…]

The RAISE Act: The Opposite of Strengthening the US Economy

If we could give points for the most mean-spirited, misleading, and most unAmerican bill ever introduced, the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act or “RAISE” Act would win hands down.  The draconian bill the Trump Administration announced yesterday has been touted as strengthening the economy. In reality, it will do anything but that. Rather[…]

Work Permission for Abused Spouses of A, G, E-3 and H visa holders: The Details

As an immigration lawyer, I often hear heartbreaking stories of abuse. Abuse of immigrants, visitors, undocumented aliens and many more.  Sometimes there is a solution, but more often than not, there are no solutions.  Those who have never had a solution are spouses of non-immigrant visa holders. Until now! The Obama Administration has issued guidance[…]

October Visa Bulletin Retrogression Announcement

Copied from AILA Practice Alert: DOS Rolls Back “Dates for Filing” for Some Visa Categories in Revised October Visa Bulletin AILA Doc No. 15091002 | Dated September 25, 2015 Update: On September 25, 2015, the Department of State published a revised Visa Bulletin for October, rolling back the “Dates for Filing” for several visa categories.[…]

Charlie Oppenheim Talks New-Visa-Bulletin with AILA

Copied from AILA website- very useful read: Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim AILA Doc No. 14071401 | Dated September 15, 2015 This is series of monthly reports from the AILA DOS Liaison Committee designed to keep members informed of Visa Bulletin progress and projections. Immediately following publication of each month’s Visa Bulletin, AILA will “check-in”[…]

October 2015 Visa Bulletin- Huge Changes- Take Note

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin was released today with some profound changes. As part of the Executive Action measures to bring positive policy changes, and to coincide with the idea of filing for adjustment when you have an I-140 approved (see my GeekWire Article)– the Department of State introduced two new charts- one for when[…]

Employment-based adjustment (and family-based)- Executive Action Changes

Executive Action changes are on it’s way for adjustment of status for cases that are generally stuck in the backlog! This is the beginning of seeing some real changes that will have great impact.  Read on.  More to come from me soon.  Announcement from USCIS: USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising[…]