Archive for the ‘EB2 PERM Labor’ Category

BIA Decision Brings Uncertainty to Priority Date Retention After I-140 Revocation

Many immigration strategies in employment-based cases rely upon the ability to retain the priority date between permanent resident (or, “green card”) case filings for the same individual. It is widely used in what is commonly known as upgrading between categories, as well as during changes of employer. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had [...]

March 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB2 India Movement Exceeds Predictions

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued the March 2015 Visa Bulletin, as reported to MurthyDotCom readers in our February 9th NewsFlash. Notable in this latest visa bulletin is the advancement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India to January 1, 2007, which is better than predicted. Employment-Based, Second Preference (EB2) The [...]

NewsFlash! March 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB2 India Moves to January 1, 2007

The March 2015 Visa Bulletin contains good news for the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India. The EB2 India cutoff date advances by a year and four months to January 1, 2007. This exceeds the predictions for EB2 India cutoff date movement provided in the February 2015 Visa Bulletin. EB2 China moves ahead by [...]

NewsFlash! Modest Advance of EB2 India in February Visa Bulletin

There are some small, yet pleasant surprises in the February 2015 Visa Bulletin, just released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Although the cutoff for employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India was expected to remain stagnant until the summer, it is now being moved forward by more than six months, to September 1, 2005. [...]

Oct 2014 Pending I-485 Inventory Shows EB2 India Movement

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued updated quarterly charts, which contain detailed data on pending employment-based adjustment of status applications (I-485s), as of October 3, 2014. The charts set out the pending I-485 caseload by EB category, country, month, and year of priority date. The most remarkable change is a one-third reduction in [...]

Analysis, Predictions, and Trends: Nov 2014 Visa Bulletin Update

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) provides official insights into the visa bulletin on a monthly basis. This information comes directly from Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, to members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). These predictions are in addition to those provided in the November 2014 Visa Bulletin. EB2 [...]

NewsFlash! EB2 India Retrogresses to ’05 in Nov 2014 Visa Bulletin

Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued the November 2014 Visa Bulletin. Unfortunately, as expected, the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for people born in India retrogresses by more than four years, to February 15, 2005. The employment-based, third preference (EB3) category, on the other hand, moves forward across the board. EB3 India inches forward [...]

Visa Bulletin Predictions for Coming Months

On October 1, 2014, the Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State (DOS), Charles Oppenheim, provided explanations and predictions related to employment-based categories for visa bulletin developments expected during the next few months of fiscal year 2015 (FY15). This information was provided at a recent meeting of the American [...]

Analysis, Predictions, and Trends: Oct 2014 Visa Bulletin Update

The U.S. Department of State (DOS), through Charles Oppenhiem, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, provides key insights into the contents of the visa bulletin in monthly conversations with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Chief Oppenhiem has provided information that is of particular importance for individuals falling within the employment-based, second preference [...]

NewsFlash! EB2 India Unavailable Until October 1, 2014

The Murthy Law Firm has received confirmation from Charles Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), that the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India became “unavailable” on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, and will remain so until October 1st, which is the beginning of fiscal year [...]

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