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August 2014 Visa Bulletin: More Forward Movement for EB2 India & China

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for August 2014 is now available. The August Visa Bulletin brings a continuation of forward movement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for Indian and Chinese nationals. This movement is far less dramatic than the long awaited advancement that appeared in the July 2014 Visa Bulletin. [...]

NewsFlash! August 2014 Visa Bulletin Released, EB2 India and China Advance

Earlier today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the August 2014 Visa Bulletin. Effective August 1st, the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India will move forward to January 22, 2009. EB2 China will advance to October 8, 2009. MurthyDotCom will publish a more complete summary and analysis of the August 2014 Visa Bulletin in [...]

July 2014 Visa Bulletin: Advancement for EB2 India and Philippines EB3 and FB1

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has released the July 2014 Visa Bulletin. The most significant movement is a nearly four-year leap forward in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for Indian nationals. While this movement is not unexpected, it is still welcome news for many Indian nationals with EB2 cases. Beyond the EB2 India category, [...]

NewsFlash! July Visa Bulletin: EB2 India Advances to September 1, 2008

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for July 2014 contains long-awaited good news for the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India. The EB2, India, cutoff date advances to September 1, 2008, effective during the month of July 2014. This forward movement was anticipated, and is a welcome change from the prior cutoff [...]

March 2014 Visa Bulletin and Short-Term Predictions

The March 2014 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), offering little in the way of movement or surprises. Perhaps the most significant change is the retrogression of the family-based, second preference “A” (FB2A) category for anyone born in Mexico who is being sponsored as the spouse or (unmarried, minor) [...]

Considerations for EB3 to EB2 “Upgrade”

As evidenced from the inquiries we receive at the Murthy Law Firm, there are many individuals who are interested in the possibility of what is referred to as “upgrading” their permanent resident (commonly, “green card”) cases to employment-based, second preference (EB2). This strategy is used following the approval of an I-140 petition in the employment-based, [...]

Dec 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB2 India Retrogression & Stagnation Expected Until May 2014

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued the visa bulletin for December 2013. The cutoff date movements are consistent with predictions offered by the DOS this past October for employment-based cases and family-based cases. The most notable development is yet another round of significant EB2 retrogression for India. Family-Based, Second Preference “A” (FB2A) The cutoff date [...]

NewsFlash! December EB2 India Retrogression

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for December 2013 contains a cutoff date of November 15, 2004 for employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India. This substantial retrogression was expected, based upon official DOS predictions issued in October 2013. This means another extended waiting period for many in this category. The December Visa [...]

Exceptional Candidates May Qualify for EB2 Without Advanced Degree

As many MurthyDotCom readers know, the common qualifications for the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category is possession of an advanced degree or its equivalent. This requirement poses a challenge for many individuals who, because of their educational histories, are limited to filing in the employment-based, third preference (EB3) category, and hence subject to much longer [...]

Influx of RFEs on Pending I-485s

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently issued a large volume of identical requests for evidence (RFEs) on pending applications to adjust status (form I-485) cases. The RFEs appear to be an effort to check key issues in long-pending employment-based I-485s. RFEs on EB3s and EB2s Likely to Become Current All of the [...]

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