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July 2016 Visa Bulletin: Explanations and Predictions

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) monthly visa bulletin check-in comes directly from Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division. The information related to the July 2016 Visa Bulletin provides a more detailed explanation for current developments, as well as predictions for upcoming months. Employment-Based, First Preference (EB1) Continued high demand in [...]

I am on OPT. Can my employer initiate an EB2 case for me now? If so, can the case be filed for premium processing so that I don’t need to apply for H1B next year?

Answer An employer could start an EB2 case for a qualified person on OPT. There is no PP for PERM filings, though. It is a long process. (13.Jun.2016) In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law in real time. For details on chat participation, click [...]

Overview of July 2016 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) July 2016 Visa Bulletin is now available. The retrogression that hit key categories in June 2016 continues with little change in July. All cutoff dates described below refer to the final action (FA) chart. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has only designated the FA chart as appropriate for [...]

Very Little Movement in July 2016 Visa Bulletin

The July 2016 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) earlier this afternoon, reflects disappointing movement in the priority dates. In the final action (FA) chart, the cutoff dates in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) and employment-based, third preference (EB3) categories for India each only move forward by one month. This puts EB2 [...]

Murthy Attorneys Overcome Denial of Naturalization Application

As part of the process of naturalizing to U.S. citizenship, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) generally reviews whether an applicant’s permanent residence (commonly, “green card”) was properly approved. If the USCIS determines that the green card should not have been issued, this typically results in denial of the application for naturalization (form N-400). [...]

I have an approved EB2 I-140 through my current employer. Can I also file a national interest waiver (NIW) case?

Answer If one is eligible for NIW, it can be a good option, as it is not employer / job specific. The NIW is based on the intention to keep working in the field of expertise. (06.Jun.2016) In frequent sessions of our Chat, Sheela Murthy and other senior attorneys provide guidance that clarifies the law [...]

DOS Provides Further Visa Bulletin Details and Predictions

On May 18, 2016, several Murthy Law Firm attorneys attended an American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) meeting at which Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, spoke. Mr. Oppenheim’s responsibilities include determining the cutoff dates in the monthly Department of State (DOS) visa bulletin. During the meeting, Mr. Oppenheim offered several predictions, [...]

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 [...]

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