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September 2017 Visa Bulletin – Cutoff Date for EB-2 ROW Remains; Last Visa Bulletin for The Fiscal Year
The U.S. State Department has just released the September 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the last Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued cutoff date for the EB-2 ROW, Mexico and Philippines categories, together with the notable forward movement in EB-3 India. Also, this is the last Visa Bulletin for the fiscal year.
USCIS appears to be in the process of reinstating premium processing service for H-1B petitions. On July 24, 2017, USCIS announced that they are reinstating premium processing for H-1B petitions filed by cap-exempt employers.
Background of the H-1B Premium Processing Service Suspension
Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS suspended the premium processing service for all H-1B petitions and for a period of “up to six months.” This suspension was very broad: petitioners were not able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, for any H-1B petition – including amendments, extensions, “transfers”, […]
Many of our readers follow closely our reports of the monthly Visa Bulletin which provides cutoff dates for those immigrant visa (green card) applicants who are current and have immigrant visa numbers available (i.e. their actual permanent resident “green” card is assigned an available number and can be issued). The past several Visa Bulletins have been disappointing for most, especially for EB India applicants with the lack of movement and the prospect of a very long wait time before their priority date becomes current.
With such little movement, if any, it is difficult to imagine an alternative to the […]
In a Federal Register announcement dated July 11, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has delayed the effective date of the International Entrepreneur rule from July 17, 2017 to March 14, 2018. Additionally, the notice indicates that this delay will allow USCIS to publish rulemaking seeking to rescind the International Entrepreneur rule altogether, pursuant to the guidance from President Trump’s executive order from January 25, 2017.
About the International Entrepreneur Rule
The “International Entrepreneur Rule” would have allowed international entrepreneurs a parole in order to be able to remain and work in the U.S. while developing and growing their […]