The Department of State (DOS) has released the April Visa Bulletin There were no surprises. The “dates for filing” chart remained unchanged and the “final action dates” saw forward movement at a pace similar to past months. With only 5 months left in the fiscal year, several of the EB3 categories need to pick up the pace to arrive at the “file date” by Oct 1st.
The Department of State released the March Visa Bulletin. The dates for filing chart saw the EB3 all other category move to “current”. All other categories remained the same. On the priority date chart now called the final action chart, steady movement across multiple categories continued.
The DOL has released updated PERM stats which reveal some interesting tidbits. The number of PERM applications received this year over the same time period in FY 2014 is up over 25%. Of cases where a decision has been reached, less than 10% have been denied. Over 30% of cases are currently in audit review and almost 10% of cases are pending an appeal. Although it seems like everyone claims to have been filed under EB2, almost 50% of cases were filed under EB3 standards.
The Department of State has released the December Visa Bulletin and there were no surprises. EB3 for “all other countries”, China, and the Philippines moved forward another 5 months while all other categories held steady or moved at a snails pace. Retrogression relief is badly needed and with the newly elected Senate, it is not likely to come without Presidential action.
The DOS has released the September Visa Bulletin, and as is typical for the last bulletin of the fiscal year, most categories saw no movement however, EB2 India and EB3 Philippines saw forward jumps. There is great anticipation for the October Bulletin to see if India EB2 holds its ground or retrogresses.
The Department of State today released the September Visa Bulletin and it made a lot of people happy. For example, EB3 for all other countries and for China jumped 18 months, while India EB3 moved 9 months. Movement of this type has not been seen in EB3 since Lincoln was in the White House. The DOS indicated that this rapid forward movement was due to a lack of the expected demand however, they did predict that further forward movement over the next few months was unlikely.
The Department of State (DOS) has released the June Visa Bulletin and just like last month, there were huge gains for EB3 for the “All other countries” category, Mexico, and China. For people born in those countries, the priority dates jumped 9 months forward to Sept 1, 2008. There remained little to no movement for persons from India or the Philippines. The DOS also announced that similar forward movement in future months for EB3 is not likely. The need for retrogression relief from Congress remains critical.
The DOS has released the January Visa Bulletin and for persons in the EB3 category “all chargeability except” and for persons from PRC, the news was good as the priority dates jumped forward. For persons from India and the Phillipines, there remained little to no forward progress. The lack of movement for the EB3 category for persons from the Philippines was particularly disheartening as the DOS had been predicting movement of up to three (3) weeks each month. There was no explanation from the DOS for the lack of movement.
The DOS has released the April Visa Bulletin and unfortunately, the movement of EB2 dates for Indian and Chinese nationals halted with dates remaining the same as the March bulletin. Historically, a month where dates remain constant indicates that the DOS may have enough demand to utilize all available immigrant visas for a fiscal year and it would not be surprising if the date stayed at May 1, 2010 or retrogressed. The EB3 category continued its all too familiar pattern of inching forward.