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How to Skip the Per-Country Immigrant Visa Line – Cross-Chargeability Options

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 [...]

By | 2017-07-20T13:50:00+00:00 July 20th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, Visa Bulletin|

August 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 ROW Cutoff Date Introduced

The U.S. State Department has just released the August 2017 Visa Bulletin which is the eleventh Visa Bulletin for the FY2017 fiscal year.  The headline in the upcoming month’s Visa Bulletin is the introduction of a cutoff date for the EB-2 ROW, Mexico and Philippines categories, together with the notable [...]

By | 2017-07-11T21:17:47+00:00 July 11th, 2017|AOS, Articles, EB-2, EB-3, I-485, News, News Alert, Visa Bulletin|

What is I-485 Supplement J and How to Properly Prepare and Use it?

Earlier this year USCIS introduced a new Form I-485 Supplement J which is being used in connection with filings of new I-485 applications to adjust status or for porting of existing and pending I-485 applications to a new employer or a new job.   The purpose of I-485 Supplement J is to provide a confirmation [...]

By | 2017-06-22T12:36:58+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|AC21, Articles, I-485, News|

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|

USCIS Issues a Multitude of RFEs on Pending I-485 Applications – Mid-2017 Edition

Many of our clients and readers are already aware of the move by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) to issue what are hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of very similar, if not identical, requests for evidence (“RFE”) on pending employment-based Form I-485, Application to Adjust Status, cases.    Our [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:57+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Articles, I-485, News, News Alert|

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|

New Rules Establish Automatic Employment Authorization based on Pending EAD Renewal Application

As part of a set of rule changes, collectively called “Retention of EB–1, EB–2, and EB–3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” (see our full analysis) and effective as of January 17, 2017, USCIS has made some significant and welcome changes to the way it treats work [...]

By | 2017-05-20T21:46:58+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Articles, H-4 EAD, I-485, News, News Alert|

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|