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June 2017 Visa Bulletin Update: EB-1 Final Action Dates Retrogression for China and India

According to the June 2017 Visa Bulletin released by Department of State and effective June 1, there will be significant retrogression in the EB-1 category for individuals born in mainland China and India. While the current cutoff date for worldwide chargeability in the EB-1 category will remain current, the final action dates for Chinese and … Continue Reading

March 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State’s (DOS) March 2017 Visa Bulletin showed some minor movement in some employment-based categories, with more significant movement in other employment-based visa categories. The Worldwide EB-1 category remains current for all categories, including individuals born in mainland China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico, and the Philippines. The cutoff date for worldwide … Continue Reading

December 2016 – Monthly AILA Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

After the release of the December Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions to AILA on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories. They are summarized below: EB-1 China and India Charlie predicts that EB-1 China and India will … Continue Reading

November 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State released the November Visa Bulletin, which contains some movement of final action dates in certain employment-based categories. The Worldwide EB1-1 category remains current for all categories, including individuals born in mainland China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Mexico and the Philippines. The cutoff date for worldwide chargeability in the EB-2 category … Continue Reading

Department of State Issues October 2016 Visa Bulletin

This week, the Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for October 2016. EB-5 Unfortunately, the expected movement as the U.S. government begins a new fiscal year did not materialize for the EB-5 visa category. The date for final action for the EB-5 visa category for mainland China born applicants advanced only one week from … Continue Reading

July 2016 “SEVIS by the Numbers” Report Indicates Growth in the Number of International Students Studying in the United States

This week, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published its quarterly “SEVIS by the Numbers” report announcing that there are over one million international students in the United States.  Many of these students will seek employment with U.S. companies using work authorization granted to them pursuant to their F or M visa status.  In … Continue Reading

July 2016 – Monthly AILA Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

After the release of the August Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories.  They are summarized below: EB-2 and EB-3 China The Final Action date of Jan. 1, 2010, will see … Continue Reading

Dramatic Increase in Wait Times at U.S. Consular Posts Across India

According to a June 13, 2016 practice alert from AILA, appointment wait times for nonimmigrant visa interviews in India have soared.  This dramatic increase is likely the result of a reported increase in visa demand of over 80 percent in the past 5 years.  Unfortunately the AILA DOS Liaison Committee has indicated that they anticipate wait … Continue Reading

June 2016 – Monthly AILA Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

Charlie Oppenheim is the chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS) where he is responsible for providing analysis and prediction for immigrant preference categories.  After the release of the July 2016 visa bulletin Mr. Oppenheim provided the following information regarding employment-based petitions to AILA: EB-2 and EB-3 – China: … Continue Reading

July 2016 Visa Bulletin Released – Projections include EB-1 Cutoff Date for China and India, Slow EB-2 and EB-3 Movement, EB-4 Backlogs for Latin America to ease, and EB-5 China to advance slightly.

This week, the Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2016 Visa Bulletin. We are three months from the end of the fiscal year and the dwindling visa numbers remaining are likely to bring about tepid advancement in many employment-based categories before October. This Bulletin brings several particular items of note relating to the … Continue Reading

June 2016 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State (DOS) has released the June 2016 Visa Bulletin that includes the “Application Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications.” For both family-sponsored and employment-based filings, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) website indicates that the Application Final Action Dates chart must be used for May 2016. Please see … Continue Reading

Department of State Issues May 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2016 Visa Bulletin with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications which reflects some modest movement for some applicants. The second and third preference categories for China-mainland born applicants had no movement. The second and third preference categories for India move ahead a few weeks to Nov. … Continue Reading

April 2016 Visa Bulletin Release

The Department of State (DOS) has released the April 2016 Visa Bulletin, with the Application Final Action Date chart for employment-based applications reflecting some substantial movement. The 2nd preference category for China-mainland born applicants has moved ahead one month to Sept. 1, 2012, and for India born applicants it has moved ahead a few weeks … Continue Reading

Summary of AILA’s Monthly ‘Check-In with Charlie’ (February 2016 Edition)

On Feb. 8, 2016, the March 2016 Visa Bulletin was released (previously covered by Greenberg Traurig here).  Shortly thereafter, on Feb. 17, 2016, AILA “checked in” with Charles (Charlie) Oppenheim, chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, to obtain his analysis of current developments and his future predictions. Below are highlights … Continue Reading

Summary of AILA’s Monthly Check-In With Charlie Oppenheim

On November 9, 2015 the December 2015 Visa Bulletin was released. Immediately following publication of the December 2015 Visa Bulletin, AILA “checked in” with Charlie Oppenheim, chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, for his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories. The following … Continue Reading

December Visa Bulletin Shows Little Movement But Contains Projections for Future Movement

The Department of State’s (“DOS”) December 2015 Visa Bulletin showed minor movements in the employment-based visa categories.  The most significant movement was in the Indian EB-2 category which advanced  by 10 months to June 1, 2007.  All other employment-based categories showed slow advances by few weeks, except for Mainland China EB-3 and Other Worker categories … Continue Reading

High L-1B Denial Rates and Inconsistencies in Approval Rates for Indian Nationals

L-1B petitions for the transfer of specialized knowledge workers continue to receive increased scrutiny from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).  As discussed in our blog post on June 5, 2015, the recent years have marked a notable increase in Requests for Evidence and ultimate petition denials for this particular visa category.  USCIS statistics … Continue Reading

India to Implement Electronic Visa System in Time for the Holidays

The Indian government is embracing the spirit of giving this holiday season as it announced its plans to unroll an electronic travel authorization (ETA) system by the end of October. This development in immigration processing comes on the tails of a successful year operating a visa-on-arrival program, which experienced an increase of 39.2% in the … Continue Reading

New Forms Required for India Work Visa Applications Filed in United States

Cox & Kings Global Services Pvt. Ltd (CKGS) now requires all Indian employment visa applicants in the United States to include a signed checklist and declaration form with their applications. As we reported in May 2014, CKGS is India’s visa application service provider in the United States. In addition to required information and documents, the … Continue Reading

India Expected to Implement E-Visa Processing in 2015

In a statement by India’s tourism minister, employers and employees can look forward to E-Visa processing by June 2015. E-Visa processing, also known as Electronic Visa Authorisation (ETA), is expected to be available to approximately 15 countries initially. The list of countries is a point of contention among the three Indian government agencies involved in … Continue Reading

Canada Encourages Business and Tourist Travel from Mexico, India and Brazil

Seeking to increase business and tourist traffic from economically booming countries, Canada is expediting its visa process for certain visitors from Mexico, India and Brazil. Canada has implemented the CAN+ expedited visa processing program this year in Mexico, India and Brazil for applicants who have visited Canada or the U.S. in the past 10 years. … Continue Reading

Indians and Pakistanis Can Obtain Online Visas to Travel to Bahrain

As of October 1, 2014, passport holders from India and Pakistan can obtain online visas to travel to Bahrain. These two countries have been included in the new list of thirty-six nations now allowed to obtain the electronic visa. Through an online application process, E-visas can be obtained ahead of travel, making the process easier … Continue Reading
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