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Visa Bulletin

Monday, March 27, 2017

DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR APRIL 2017


On March 9th, 2017, the Department of State released the April 2017 Visa Bulletin.
EB-1. EB-1 India and China have already surpassed their per country limits of 2,800 visas, with EB-1 India using more than 9,000 numbers, and EB-1 China using more than 4,500 numbers. DOS is watching these categories very carefully. As the availability of "otherwise unused" numbers diminishes, a Final Action cut-off date will likely be imposed for both countries at some point this summer.
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR FEBRUARY 2017


QUESTION: What can we expect in terms of movement of FB-2 Final Action Dates?

ANSWER: All of the family-based categories will continue to move at a rate that is consistent with the current pace. DOS does not expect any dramatic forward movement or slowing down in the coming months. FB-2A should continue to move an average of three weeks each month.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR JANUARY 2017


EB-4 EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, HONDURAS AND MEXICO. DOS continues to observe huge demand in the EB-4 category, especially with respect to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. As previously reported, this is largely due to demand for Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJS) visas from these countries.
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR DECEMBER 2016


• The imposition of a final action date for EB-4 Mexico

• A reminder regarding the December 9, 2016 expiration date of the non-minister EB-4 special immigrant category and the immigrant investor pilot program (I5 and R5)

• A prediction that EB-1 China and EB-1 India will be subject to a final action date “at some point,” and

• A prediction that EB-2 Worldwide, EB-2 Mexico and EB-2 Philippines will be subject to a cut-off date no later than July.
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Monday, October 24, 2016

NOVEMBER 2016 VISA BULLETIN BRINGS MIXED NEWS FOR GREEN CARD HOPEFULS


Given that it is still very early in the new fiscal year, the final action dates in the November Visa Bulletin are not surprising. If you were to compare the October 2016 against the Visa Bulletin against the November Visa Bulletin you would find that almost all of DOS's predictions have materialized, with a few notable exceptions.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

DOS UPDATE: Visa Bulletin for October 2016.


EB-4 and Certain Religious Worker (SR) Preference Categories. As predicted last month, the final action dates for EB-4 India and EB-4 Mexico will be current again in October and the priority dates for EB-4 El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras will advance to June 15th, 2015. While DOS considered establishing a separate final action date for Guatemala and Honduras due to the higher demand for numbers from El Salvador, all three countries are expected to exceed the per country limitation and rely on the availability of “otherwise unused” EB-4 numbers. Thus, DOS confirmed that the three countries will continue to be reported together throughout Fiscal Year 2017.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

DOS UPDATE: Visa Bulletin for September 2016.


DOS reports that the infusion of FY 2017 visa numbers will make EB-4 India and EB-4 Mexico current in October. The final action date for EB-4 El Salvador / Guatemala / Honduras should move to a date sometime in the summer of 2015, and possibly beyond. Given the high applicant demand in this category for El Salvador relative to the other two countries, it is possible that we will see a more advanced final action date for Guatemala and Honduras.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

DOS REVIEW OF AUGUST 2016 VISA BULLETIN


The unveiling of the August Visa Bulletin leads us to contemplate possible Final Action Date movement for September, the final month of the fiscal year. The August Visa Bulletin helps us to consider predictions for September and prospects for recovery in key retrogressed preference categories in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017.
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Friday, July 15, 2016

August 2016 Visa Bulletin Updates: Cut-Off Dates Imposed on EB-1 India and China and EB-4 India Preference Categories.


The Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for August 2016. As was projected by the DOS earlier, the August Visa Bulletin has imposed a cut-off date of January 1, 2010, for the EB-1 preference category for both India and China. Additionally, the Visa Bulletin has imposed a cut-off date of January 1, 2010, for the EB-4 preference category for India.
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Visa Bulletin for August 2016


"D. OVERSUBSCRIPTION OF THE INDIA EMPLOYMENT-BASED FOURTH (E4) AND CERTAIN RELIGIOUS WORKERS (SR) PREFERENCE CATEGORIES

As readers were advised in the May Visa Bulletin number 92, there has been extremely high demand in the E4 and SR categories, primarily for Juvenile Court Dependent cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status. Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, this has now required the implementation of E4 and SR Application Final Action Dates for India, which has reached its per-country limit. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2016 annual limits.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Check-in with the Department of State (“DOS”): June 2016 (Visa Bulletin for July 2016


EB-4 and Certain Religious Workers (SR) Preference Categories. As previously predicted, and noted in the July Visa Bulletin, a cut-off date of January 1, 2010 will be imposed in July for EB-4 Mexico. This is the same cut-off date imposed earlier this fiscal year for EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. There will be no forward movement in these categories prior to the end of the fiscal year.
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