August 2015 Visa Bulletin is Out!

The Dept. of State released the 2015 August Visa Bulletin today. Here is a link. Usual commentary to follow soon. pertinent note copied below: D.  CHINA-MAINLAND BORN EMPLOYMENT THIRD, AND THIRD OTHER WORKER VISA AVAILABILITY There was an extremely large increase in applicant demand reported for consideration in the determination of the August cut-off dates. Therefore, it has[…]

Priority date updates from AILA and Charlie Oppenheim

(copied from AILA) Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 4/28/14) Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Apr. 28, 2014)” April 2014:On Monday April 21, 2014 Mr. Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office (VO) spoke to AILA members Roberta Freedman and Michael Nowlan regarding what his office is[…]

Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 11/27/13)

Copied from AILA website Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 11/27/13) Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Nov. 27, 2013)” During a recent conversation with Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office provided the following information and updates regarding demand[…]

Immigration Reform & The 8 New Faces of Immediate Relatives (Family-based)

Immigration reform will change the face of family-based categories quite drastically.  While the two casualties are the elimination the F4/Sibling category and age restriction of F3/married son/daughter of USC category, there are some wonderful new improvements that are not being shouted about enough.   Through CIR, we will have 8 new immediate relative categories! Below[…]

Immigration Reform and The V-Visa (family-based)

Dear Readers, thank you for all your questions and comments.  For everyone who has asked or searched about the V-visa or status of pending petitions, you will likely find this article useful. Immigration reform (CIR) and the V-visa expansion Qs: what is the V-Visa: Ans: Under current law, the V-visa allows the spouse or child[…]

Immigration reform: Family Based Pending Petitions

Dear Readers, the most common question I am seeing is this: Qs. I have a pending F3 or F4 petition. What will happen to my petition if immigration reform happens? Ans. Your petition will still be pending and will not disappear.  Keep a close eye on the visa bulletin after immigration reform to see how[…]

Changes in family-based immigration law- after immigration reform

Dear Readers, I am so sorry for the delay in this particular post. I know I have promised many of you that I will let you know how things will be changing and how that affects you.  See below a flowchart I created demonstrating what the current system looks like and how it will change.[…]