#ExecutiveAction: #DACA Expansion

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA was revised through President Obama’s executive action last week.  Previously, a DACA applicant must have arrived in the US by June 2007 and must have been no more than 31 years old. Those provisions have been revised. So, who can apply now? All previous DACA requirements stand: The adjusted[…]

Immigration #ExecutiveAction: Deferred Action for Parents

Through Executive Action, President Obama will confer deferred action to undocumented parents of US citizens and Green Card holders. Who will qualify: 1. If you have a child that is a US citizen or a green card holder. 2. If you have been in the US since January 1st, 2010. The government will provide guidance[…]

Immigration #ExecutiveAction: Will It Help My Family-based Preference Case?

Since the announcement of immigration executive action broke, the question that I have seen most is this “will immigration reform help my family based pending petition (F1, F2, F3 and F4)?”.  Thank you for asking all your questions. Unfortunately, immigration executive action does not affect any family-based petitions at this time.   If unused visas[…]

Immigration Executive Action Fact Sheet

Executive Action List from the White House  The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 20, 2014 FACT SHEET: IMMIGRATION ACCOUNTABILITY EXECUTIVE ACTION The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions will help secure the border, hold nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants accountable, and ensure that everyone plays by the same rules.  Acting[…]

October 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The October 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:  F2A category advances a month taking the priority date to 1 February 2013; F2B preference advances 2 months with PD at 1 November 2007;  F4 category advances 21 days taking PD to 22[…]

I-130 Backlog Ensues

The I-130 backlog that started about 6-9 months ago is still causing families to remain separated.  At the American Immigration Lawyers Association annual conference in June, USCIS said that they are aware of the problem and are working on reducing the problem.  From feedback from colleagues I learned that newly filed cases are flying through[…]

August 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The August 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: No movement in F2A category leaving priority date at 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 60 days with PD at 1 July 2007;  F4 category advanced 8 days to PD at 1 January 200s;  EB2 is[…]

July 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary- EB2 India Sees Significant Advancement!

The July 2014 visa bulletin was released this morning. Headline: EB2 India sees a jump forward of 3 years, 9 months and 18 days.   Here is what my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: No movement in F2A category since last month’s retrogression leaving priority date at 1 May[…]