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Visa Bulletin

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR JUNE 2017

Employment-Based Preference Categories. Increased demand across the employment-based preferences, including EB-4 and EB-5, has significantly decreased the "otherwise unused numbers" which have traditionally trickled up to EB-1 and potentially down


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Boletim do Departamento de Estado dos EUA para Maio de 2017


FB-4 Mundialmente

O visto FB-4, de Imigração com Base na Família para Irmãos e Irmãs de Cidadãos dos EUA, deve ser acompanhado de perto. Após uma intensa movimentação devido à data final, em abril, não espera-se que a busca por essa categoria de visto continue forte. A movimentação em abril parece ter estimulado os interessados neste visto a agir e o aumento na demanda pode exigir um retrocesso temporário nessa categoria no fim do atual ano fiscal. Se o retrocesso ocorrer, a categoria deve se recuperar completamente em outubro, o primeiro mês do novo ano fiscal. Espera-se que se mantenham estáveis as chamadas "final action dates", que refletem a disponibilidade real do número de vistos e a data em que o pedido de ajuste de status e de visto de imigrante pode ser aprovado, para todas as outras categorias de visto com base em família.
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

DOS UPDATE: VISA BULLETIN FOR MAY 2017


FB-4 Worldwide. FB-4 Worldwide should be watched closely. Following aggressive movement of the final action date in April, this category is not expected to advance. The April movement seems to have stimulated applicants to take action, and increased demand may require a temporary retrogression in this category later this fiscal year. Should retrogression occur, the category would recover completely in October, the first month of the new fiscal year. The final action dates for all other family-based categories are expected remain stable.
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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 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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