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Every day, our office receives numerous inquiries and questions about the anticipated movements in the Visa Bulletin cutoff dates. So when we have reliable information, we are happy to share with our readers and clients. Mr. Charles Oppenheim, who is the Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the U.S. Department of State, has provided some information about anticipated movement in the cutoff dates. For those who are not familiar who Mr. Oppenheim is – he is simply known as the person responsible for the monthly and annual visa number allocations for family- and employment-based […]
USCIS has just released the final text of the “International Entrepreneur Rule” which would allow international entrepreneurs parole to be able to remain and work in the U.S. while developing and growing their startup companies. The rule aims to stimulate foreign entrepreneurs to attract capital and create U.S. jobs by allowing up to five years of staying and working in the U.S. This kind of rule is long overdue and has been anticipated and in the works for many years. The new rule will become effective on July 17, 2017. […]
The U.S. State Department has just released the February 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the new FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the slow forward movement across many categories, including the lack of any movement in EB-2 India. EB-3 China continues to have a more favorable cutoff date than EB-2 China which creates favorable conditions for EB-2 to EB-3 China downgrades.
Many USCIS applications (normally those which result in the production of a “secure document”) require the applicant provide digital biometrics at a USCIS office. In most cases, the biometrics process includes digital fingerprinting and a digital photo.
Many applicants who need to submit to the required biometrics are able to do so in the closest USCIS application support center (“ASC”) in the U.S. However, some applicants, especially those applying for I-131 Reentry Permit, often have very limited options to stay or travel to the U.S. for the required biometrics appointment. USCIS has recently announced that in “rare circumstances” they will use […]