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The monthly visa bulletin issued by the Department of State is one of the most closely watched and anticipated government communications in the immigration community. We receive instant updates and are able to comment and analyze each visa bulletin promptly upon its issuance. Our clients benefit from our visa bulletin efforts by knowing as early in advance as possible about the potential benefits and developments that may arise from forward or backward movements in the visa numbers. If you would like to learn more about our immigration law practice or if you would like to request our services, please contact us. Additionally, you can subscribe to our email newsletter to receive visa bulletin updates via email as soon as they are available to us.

July 2017 Visa Bulletin – Major EB-3 China Retrogression, EB-3 India Advances Notably

The U.S. State Department has just released the July 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the tenth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant 33-month retrogression in EB-3 China, the continued cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China and the notable [...]

By | 2017-06-09T21:21:38+00:00 June 9th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim: Visa Bulletin Predictions as of May 19, 2017

Employment-Based Preference Categories. Increased demand across the employment based preferences, including EB-4 and EB-5, has significantly decreased the “otherwise unused numbers” which have traditionally trickled up to EB-1 and potentially down to EB-2.  For example, in FY 2016, Special Immigrant Juvenile cases used more than 50% of the entire EB-4 [...]

By | 2017-05-31T21:44:06+00:00 May 25th, 2017|DOS, Visa Bulletin|

June 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 China and EB-1 India Cutoff Date Introduced

The U.S. State Department has just released the June 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the ninth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is introduction of a cutoff date for EB-1 India and EB-1 China.   Because this cutoff date may remain in effect [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 May 9th, 2017|Articles, EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

May 2017 Visa Bulletin – No Movement in EB-2 India; EB China Downgrading Opportunity; EB-1 China/India and EB-2 ROW Cutoff Date Expected

The U.S. State Department has just released the May 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the eighth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the lack of any movement for EB-2 India, the notable forward movement in EB-3 China which continues to create a great opportunity [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

April 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-3 China Continues to Advance Significantly

The U.S. State Department has just released the April 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the seventh Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant forward movement in EB-3 China which continues to create a great opportunity for EB-2 to EB-3 China downgrades [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 March 9th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

March 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India Moves Forward; EB-3 China Advances Significantly

The U.S. State Department has just released the March 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the sixth Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the significant (six months) forward movement in EB-3 China which continues to create a significant opportunity for EB-2 to EB-3 [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

Visa Bulletin Predictions and Updates from Charles Oppenheim (January 13, 2017)

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

February 2017 Visa Bulletin – No Movement in EB-2 India; Gradual Forward Movement Elsewhere

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 [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:59+00:00 January 10th, 2017|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

November 2016 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India and China Advance Notably

The U.S. State Department has just released the November 2016 Visa Bulletin which is the second Visa Bulletin for the new FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the fact that EB-2 India and China advance notably while the forward movement in most of the other categories [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:04+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Articles, EB-2, EB-3, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

October 2016 Visa Bulletin – USCIS to Accept Filing Dates Category for I-485 Filings

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has just announced that for the month of October 2016 they will honor and accept I-485 Adjustment of Status applications based on the Filing Dates (and not only on the Final Action dates) category from the October 2016 Visa Bulletin.    See USCIS’s announcement. What [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:47:04+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|AC21, Articles, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|