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As of 12:01 on Saturday, January 20, 2018, due to lapse in appropriations funding, U.S. Federal government has shut down. We would like to provide some information as to how this government shutdown affects immigration cases pending or to be filed shortly. Our office has been receiving an increasing number of inquiries from alarmed clients as to what would happen should or when the federal government closes. (See latest Google News)
How Would a Government Shutdown Affect Immigration Cases?
There is no simple answer to this question, as some federal government agencies would continue to operate, some would close partially and […]
February 2018 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India Slow Movement; EB-3 China Advances Significantly; Cutoff Date Predictions
The U.S. State Department has just released the February 2018 Visa Bulletin which is the fifth Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued anemic forward movement in EB-2/3 India. EB-3 China advances significantly by 5 months and continues to have a more favorable cutoff date than EB-2 China and this creates good conditions for EB-2 to EB-3 China downgrades. Also, we provide predictions for the anticipated cutoff date movement over the next months.
After months of speculation and discussion, USCIS has taken the initial steps in the rulemaking process in order to take away the H-4 EAD work authorization for certain H-4 spouses which had been available since 2015. It should be noted that this is an initial step in the rulemaking process and until and unless a new rule is finalized and effective, H-4 EADs remain available and valid.
The Rulemaking Notice
The notice, published December 14, 2017, states that it is reviewing the 2015 H-4 EAD rule in light of President Trump’s Executive Order 13788, Buy American and Hire American.
The U.S. State Department has just released the January 2018 Visa Bulletin which is the fourth Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the continued anemic forward movement in EB-2 India/China and EB-3 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.