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June Visa Bulletin: Explanations for Retrogression

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) provides a monthly visa bulletin “check in” with Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division. The most recent check in provides insights into some of the unexpected developments in the June 2016 Visa Bulletin, as well as some predictions for upcoming visa bulletins. The cutoff dates [...]

Massive Retrogression in June Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) June 2016 Visa Bulletin sent shock waves through the immigrant community, with years of retrogression in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India and China, as well as the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category for China. The rollback of cutoff dates in the employment-based categories was nearly all [...]

My LC was recently approved. Is it advisable to use my own lawyer to file the I-140 so that my employer cannot revoke it in the future if I move to a new company?

Answer The I-140 is signed by the employer. It is the employer’s filing. Therefore, the employer can still revoke the I-140 no matter which attorney files it. The only exception is for self-petitioned categories, including EB1(a) and EB2 national interest waiver (NIW) cases. (09.May.2016) In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior [...]

Under the current rules or the newly proposed rules, is there a way to port my approved I-140 to a different employer?

Answer No. Unless one qualifies under AC21 (i.e. the I-485 has been pending for 180 days and the move is to a same / similar position as the one in the underlying I-140), the I-140 generally can only be used to apply for a green card with the petitioning employer. The priority date, however, can [...]

NewsFlash! Major Retrogression for EB2 India and China in June 2016 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India and China suffer substantial retrogression in the June 2016 Visa Bulletin, which was released this afternoon by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). In the final action (FA) chart, EB2 India rolls back more than four years, to October 1, 2004, while EB2 China reverts [...]

EB4 Limits Reached for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras

The annual limits for the employment-based, fourth preference (EB4) category have been reached for applicants born in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. This development is reflected in the establishment of a cutoff date in the May 2016 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) earlier this month. EB4 Includes Special Immigrant Juveniles The [...]

May Visa Bulletin: Department of State Explanations

Each month, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) provides a visa bulletin check-in with Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division. This month, Mr. Oppenheim explains key developments in the May 2016 Visa Bulletin, and also provides some predictions for cutoff date movement through the rest of fiscal year 2016 (FY16), which [...]

When an EB3-to-EB2 porting is requested with a pending I-485, how do we verify that the I-485 is linked to the new I-140?

Answer Sometimes, the connection is obvious, such as when an RFE is issued, and it is of the type that is issued only for cases that are close to current. But, if there is any uncertainty about this, it is possible just to call the USCIS customer service 800 number and ask about the I-485. [...]

Overview of May 2016 Visa Bulletin

As previously noted in the MurthyDotCom NewsBrief, Trend of Sluggish Movement Continues in May 2016 Visa Bulletin (12.Apr.2016), there is almost no change in the dates for filing (DF) chart in the May 2016 Visa Bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). As for the final action (FA) charts, there is once again [...]

Trend of Sluggish Movement Continues in May 2016 Visa Bulletin

The May 2016 Visa Bulletin was released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) earlier today. Unsurprisingly, there is very little movement in the employment-based categories. In the final action (FA) chart, the cutoff date in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India moves ahead by two weeks, to November 22, 2008. India’s cutoff date [...]

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