Charles Oppenheim, chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State, held his monthly meeting with AILA to shed light on the data in the recently released August Visa Bulletin.  Among the highlights of meeting are the following:

1. China EB-3 Retrogression.  The August Visa Bulletin shows that the EB-3 China category will have a cut-off date of June 1, 2004, a retrogression of seven years.  One reason for this retrogression is that earlier in the year the EB-3 China category had advanced which generated sufficient demand to bring the overall number within the allowable annual limit.  According to Charlie, the good news is that this category will progress forward in the beginning of the new fiscal year to a 2010 or maybe even a 2011 cut-off date.

2. Other EB-3 News.  EB-3 Other Worker will retrogress to Jan. 1, 2004 (an additional two-year retrogression from where it is currently).  There is a potential that the EB-3 category for China, India and the Philippines will move slightly forward (a few months) in September.  EB-3 Worldwide and Mexico, Charlie predicts, will continue to advance in September, but hold steady for a few months at the beginning of the new fiscal year in October 2015.

3. EB-2 China and India. As predicted earlier by Charlie, EB-2 India remained unchanged and is not likely to change until October.  EB-2 China moved forward to Dec. 15, 2003, a move of 2 1/2 months.  This date is likely to move slightly forward or remain unchanged for September

4. F-2A Worldwide.  Due to lack of demand in this category (Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents), the cut-off date for F-2A worldwide is advancing and is likely to continue to advance until demand increases.  The worldwide August cut-off date for this category is Dec. 15, 2013

‡  Admitted in the District of Columbia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Court, not admitted in Virginia, and is limited to federal immigration practice.

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Shaoul Aslan focuses his practice on a wide range of immigration and nationality matters, representing both corporate clients and individuals before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service), the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Shaoul Aslan focuses his practice on a wide range of immigration and nationality matters, representing both corporate clients and individuals before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service), the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Labor. Shaoul counsels on immigration matters pertaining to international transfer of personnel and other immigration-related issues. He develops an appropriate strategy to obtain the necessary nonimmigrant visa classification to permit employment authorization for the transferred employees and their dependents, obtaining the required approvals from the Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the issuance of the visa to the employee and his or her dependents. The counseling may also involve obtaining permanent resident status for the employee and his and her dependents.

 Admitted in the District of Columbia. Not admitted in Virginia. Practice limited to federal immigration practice.