February Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has recently released the February Visa Bulletin and there is very little forward movement in the Final Action Dates chart. Several categories remained the same and India EB2 jumped forward by 1 single day ! As expected, the Dates for Filing Chart stayed the same. The DOS issued a warning indicating that they expect retrogression in the “rest of the World” EB3 category as early as March. The USCIS has announced which 485 applications they will accept in Feb and they are using a combination of the dates for filing and final action charts depending upon your country of chargeability. Check the language carefully to understand how it may impact you.

By |January 23rd, 2020|Green Cards|0 Comments|

January Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the January 2020 Visa Bulletin and there is a lot of activity. Most notably, in the Dates for Filing chart, EB3 for the Philippines and all other countries retrogressed to Jan 1, 2019. In the Final Action chart, EB1 for the all other countries jumped forward 4 mos. but, all other categories remained essentially the same with forward movement ranging from 3 days to 2 weeks. The USCIS has announced that they will accept I-485 filings in January based upon the Dates for Filing chart. Also, included in the Visa Bulletin were projections for coming months and there was a lot of bad news with the prediction that EB3 for all other countries is expected to retrogress by March and EB2 may retrogress as early as April.

By |December 30th, 2019|Green Cards|0 Comments|

December Visa Bulletin

Recently the Department of State (DOS) released the December Visa Bulletin and it brought no holiday gifts. All of the dates in the “Dates for Filing” chart remained unchanged whereas dates in the “Final Action Dates” chart stayed the same or barely crept forward. For example, of the 4 categories for Indian nationals, the India EB2 category is the only one that moved forward and it moved forward by a whopping 2 days 🙁 On the good news front, the USCIS has announced that it will accept I-485 filings in Dec using the “Dates for Filing” chart consequently, we are recommending that all persons eligible to file I-485’s in December, do so.

In a sign of dark clouds looming on the horizon, the DOS predicted that retrogression in the “All other countries” categories for EB2 and EB3 is imminent and cut-off dates could occur as soon as January. Typically, this does not occur until near the end of the fiscal year i.e. Aug or Sept. Retrogression remains a major problem for legal immigrants and only a legislative solution can solve the issue. With the current political climate, no relief is expected.

By |December 2nd, 2019|Green Cards|0 Comments|

Senate Bill Fails Again but ….

On Thursday, the Senate bill designed to eliminate the per country limits for green card cases failed again. This time, it was blocked by Senator Perdue from Georgia. The current concern centers around the negative impact that the bill would have on the recruitment of international RN’s from the Philippines. It is expected that Senator Perdue and Senator Lee will try and work out a compromise to protect this important industry. Whether or not a compromise can be achieved is unknown at this time but, it is believed by many to be closer to passage than it has in the past. More insight onto the current state of this bill can be found at the WSJ.  If you would like to follow the bill using the official Congressional web-site, you can access that here.

August Visa Bulletin

With the release of the August Visa Bulletin, the Department of State (DOS) forced everyone not born in India, China or the Philippines to learn the term retrogression as the final action dates for all categories for all countries retrogressed to dates ranging from Jan 2006 to Jan 2017. This “end of the year” phenomenon is created by the usage by the USCIS (I-485 cases) and the Consular posts (CP cases) of the allotted number of immigrant visas for a fiscal year. In other words, approvals of green cards exhausts the allotment thereby creating retrogression; so in effect, this is a good thing. Many years ago, all allotted immigrant visas were not utilized thereby wasting them as there is no carry-over so even though this recent retrogression may appear to be a bad thing, it is better than the alternative. The DOS expects priority dates to return to July 2019 dates when the new fiscal year starts on October 1, 2019.

July Visa Bulletin

Last week, the Department of State (DOS) released the July Visa Bulletin and a number of categories jumped significantly particularly for Chinese born persons. Included in the bulletin was a section providing a look into the final 2 months of this fiscal year and it is expected that many, if not all categories, will retrogress in August and September. As a result, if you are eligible for adjustment (I-485), you should file in July as you may not be able to file again until the new fiscal year starts in October.

May Visa Bulletin

The May Visa Bulletin released a few weeks ago by the DOS proved once again to be depressing for those waiting in the long lines to immigrate legally. As an example, India EB2 moved forward by 4 days after moving forward 3 days in the April bulletin. Only EB3 Philippines saw any significant forward movement; 3 months. The DOS also predicted further retrogression of the EB1 category for both China and India. As expected, the USCIS indicated that it would accept I-485 filings based on the Final Action Date chart. Legislative action remains needed but, in this political climate, no reasonable person expects any relief.

February Visa Bulletin

Last week, the DOS released the February Visa Bulletin and it reflects very little forward movement. Retrogression remains a significant problem and in spite of all of the attention being paid to immigration issues, this major issue impacting our legal immigration system is not even an afterthought.

January Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the January Visa Bulletin and outside of the EB1 category which saw slight movement, virtually all other categories in the Final Action Date chart went unchanged. In the Dates for Filing chart, only EB3 China and India saw forward movement. On a positive note, once again, the USCIS is allowing the filings of I-485’s in January based upon the Dates for Filing chart.

By |December 24th, 2018|Green Cards|0 Comments|

December Visa Bulletin

The December Visa Bulletin issued by the Department of State revealed slight forward movement in the “Dates for Filing” chart in several categories. India EB3 has now moved ahead of India EB2 by almost 7 months. The “Final Action dates” chart showed slight forward movement for the EB1 category across all countries but, very little elsewhere. The USCIS has announced that it will accept I-485 filings based upon the Dates for Filing chart.

By |December 12th, 2018|Green Cards|0 Comments|