February 2016 Visa Bulletin

Posted on January 08, 2016 by Kathryn N. Karam

The U.S. Department of State has released the February 2016 Visa Bulletin. EB-2 India has moved from February 1, 2008 to August 1, 2008.

DOS Issues February 2015 Visa Bulletin

Posted on January 18, 2015 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Department of State issued the February 2015 Visa Bulletin. EB-3 has advanced in all categories, particularly EB-3 Rest-of-World, China, Mexico and the Philippines. EB-2 China and EB-2 India have also advanced.

August 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

Posted on July 09, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Department of State has released the August 2014 Visa Bulletin. Some changes include EB-3 China progressing from October 2006 to November 2008 and EB-2 India moving up to January 2009.

SCOTUS: Aged-out Children Cannot Use Old Priority Date with New Petition

Posted on June 09, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Supreme Court issued its holding in Scialabba v. Cuellar De Osorio holding that children who turn 21 during their immigration process - or their parents' immigration process - must go to the "back of the line" and wait all over again to immigrate. The Court split 5-4 in favor of the U.S. Government's position that people who have waited years, sometimes over a decade, for a greencard have to go back to the beginning of that process and start over if they "age out," or turn 21 before they are eligible to apply for greencards. This decision is especially disheartening in light of severe backlogs in the family immigration system and makes the need for reform of both our family and employment-based immigration systems even more acute.

DOS Visa Office Comments on National Visa Center Fees

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Charlie Oppenheim of the U.S. Department of State Visa Office indicated to members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that the National Visa Center (NVC) is requesting payment of NVC fees 8-12 months in advance of the date that an applicant's priority date is expected to become current.

DOS Releases May 2014 Visa Bulletin

Posted on April 09, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The U.S. Department of State released the May 2014 Visa Bulletin. F-2A remains stuck at September 8, 2013 for most areas of the world, with Mexico slightly behind on April 15, 2012. In the Employment-based context, EB-3 and Other Workers for the Philippines has moved up a few months to November 1, 2007, and the EB-3 and Other Workers categories remain at October 1, 2012 for people of all other nationalities. EB-3 China remains ahead of EB-2 China. EB-2 India has moved up one month to November 15, 2004.

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