Archive for the ‘EB2 PERM Labor’ Category

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 [...]

AILA Insights into Visa Bulletin CutOff Dates

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently released a summary of information garnered in discussions with Charles Oppenheim, Chief, Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State (DOS). The information provides insights that help to explain the cutoff dates in the employment-based (EB) categories in the DOS Visa Bulletin, including the lack of [...]

March 2013 Visa Bulletin: Predictions for Upcoming Months

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the March 2013 Visa Bulletin. Included in this visa bulletin are predictions for movement of cutoff dates. In a word, the estimate for EB2, India, is dismal. This summery of the contents of the March Visa Bulletin, including the predictions for April through June 2013 and our analysis, [...]

Reminders for the New Year: Part 4 of 4

We at the Murthy Law Firm now present our readers with the last in our four-part series of New Year’s Reminders, which addresses the importance of checking expiration dates related to immigration cases. The monthly U.S. Department of State (DOS) visa bulletin should also be referred to regularly. While there are many who routinely check [...]

Developments in 2012 and Planning for 2013 (Part 1 of 2)

Parts 1 & 2 of this MurthyDotCom NewsBrief examine some of the key immigration developments of 2012. Among the topics covered are how these developments could affect our readers in 2013 and recommendations for strategic planning on the U.S. immigration law front in 2013. The focus here is the advancement, followed by severe retrogression of employment-based, second [...]

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