Effective June 17th, many classes of NIV visas (issued at a Consulate abroad) will increase. The DOS has released the new schedule. The increases are not significant with most only $15. The last time the DOS raised fees was 2012 and 2014.
For an interesting look at the inner workings of the Department of State (DOS) and in particular, Consular Affairs, check out this article. Kudos to all government workers trying to do the right thing and upholding the law.
The Department of State (DOS) has released the April Visa Bulletin. There were no changes to the dates of filing chart but, since there is no expectation that the USCIS will utilize this chart, it has effectively become moot. The final action date chart showed nice gains for All Other EB3, China EB3 and Philippines… Continue reading April Visa Bulletin
The Department of State (DOS) has released the January Visa Bulletin and it contains no surprises. The Dates for Filing chart remains unchanged and the Final Action date chart revealed slow forward movement in almost all categories.
The Department of State has announced that they have the technical issues that have marred visa processing for the past 3 weeks fixed and that the back-log should be cleared by the middle of next week.
The Department of State (DOS) has released the March Visa Bulletin and the rapid forward movement has slowed. The DOS also made predictions for future months. These predictions include: further EB3 worldwide (all other countries) may not move forward and in fact, if demand materializes, actually see a retrogression; EB2 India will see no forward movement; EB3… Continue reading DOS releases the March Visa Bulletin
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… Continue reading September Visa Bulletin :)
The Department of State has released the August Visa Bulletin and as announced last month the priority dates for India EB2 have jumped forward to Jan 1, 2008. Unfortunately, with the exception of slight movement for the EB3 Philippines category, no other category moved forward. Forward movement in theses categories is not expected until the FY 2014 starts… Continue reading August Visa Bulletin Brings Good News (for some) !
Earlier this week, the DOS released its report which shows the Annual Numerical Limits for FY 2013 that it will utilize in the allocation of immigrant visas.
Recently, the DOS released the March Visa Bulletin and the forward movement was similar to recent months with world-wide EB3 moving ahead 6 weeks, India EB2 seeing no movement, and the Philippines EB3 category moving ahead only 1 week. The DOS also provided its predictions for future movement and reaffirmed that India EB2 would see… Continue reading March Visa Bulletin Released
Recently, the DOS introduced a new on-line portal where you can check the status of both immigrant and non-immigrant petitions pending at U.S. Consulates worldwide.