Et, tu, DHS? Gov’t Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

On Sept. 25, the Department of State (DOS) published an updated October 2015 Visa Bulletin. This bulletin supersedes the bulletin for October 2015 that was originally published on Sept. 9, 2015.  The Dates for Filing Applications sections on pages 4 and 6, which have been adjusted, have been identified in bold type and highlighted. Applicants should use the chart published by DOS on Sept. 25...
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How Changes in the Visa Bulletin Impact When Family-Based Applicants Can Apply for Adjustment of Status

Effective October 1, 2015, there is a new procedure for determining when beneficiaries of family-based preference petitions can file applications for “Adjustment of Status” with USCIS. The new procedure will enable some beneficiaries to file for adjustment earlier than current procedures allow. However, the timing for approval of these adjustment applications will remain the same. This new...
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EB Immigrant Numbers Run Out for FY2015

USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Form I-485 applications (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status) because the Department of State reports that the statutory cap has been reached for the employment-based preference categories for fiscal year (FY) 2015. This suspension applies to all employment-based adjustment applications pending with...
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Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability

USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for immigrant visas at U.S....
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Potential Retrogression for EB-2 India

The Department of State (DOS) says that retrogression of EB-2 India appears to be imminent, and it could happen as early as November. The October 2014 priority date for EB-2 India is May 1, 2009. Given current demand, the priority date will retrogress, possibly to a date in early 2005. If you’re an Indian national and your priority date is ‘current’, plan on filing your...
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August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its August 2014 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets forth per country priority dates that regulate the ability of an individual to file an adjustment of status APPLICATION or consular process at a U.S. Embassy. Foreign nationals can file an adjustment of status application if their priority dates are prior to the cutoff dates specified by the DOS...
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