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The U.S. State Department has just released the November 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the second Visa Bulletin for the FY2018 fiscal year. The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the anemic forward movement in EB-2 India/China and no movement in 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.
The Department of State will open the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (a.k.a. “green card”) lottery on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. The entries for this year’s lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 3, 2017, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in […]
USCIS has just officially confirmed as of today, October 3, 2017, they have reinstated the premium processing service for all types of H-1B petitions. Petitions filed under the premium processing service are given a response by USCIS within 15 calendar days. Similarly, pending “regular processing” H-1B petitions can be “upgraded” to premium processing service.
Caution: Avoid the Premium Processing Rush
We would like to caution our readers and clients to avoid rushing to file premium processing cases just because the service is available. Due to the pent-up demand for premium processing cases over the last few months, we expect a significant […]
Nonimmigrant Status 30/60 Day Rule Amended to Impose Stricter Requirements for “Inconsistent Conduct”
The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has amended a section of the Field Adjudicators Manual (“FAM”) which pertains to government officials’ determinations of misrepresentation by applicants and specifically with respect to activities permitted in the U.S. on nonimmigrant visas. 9 FAM 302.9-4(B)(3) has been amended to include a section called “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry” and which creates a presumption of misrepresentation by a foreign national for certain conduct within 90 days of entering the U.S. This amendment replaces the prior 30/60 day rule.
What is “Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry”?
The new section allows an immigration […]