13 Jun 2019

July 2019 Visa Bulletin: Significant Movement in Multiple Categories

The July 2019 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). There are some notable movements in family-based (FB) as well as employment-based (EB) categories. Most significantly, the F2A category becomes current for all countries of chargeability, as well as the...

02 Oct 2018

NewsFlash! USCIS Goes Back to Using “Dates for Filing Chart” in Oct 2018 Visa Bulletin for All Categories

This morning, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed course, updating the adjustment-of-status filing charts webpage yet again to indicate that the more favorable dates for filing (DF) chart dates may be used for both family- and employment-based cases in the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. No...

01 Oct 2018

NewsFlash! Employment-Based Cases Now Must Use “Final Action Chart” in Oct Visa Bulletin

Earlier today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the adjustment-of-status filing charts webpage to indicate that only the less favorable final action (FA) chart dates may be used for employment-based cases in the October 2018 Visa Bulletin. The USCIS had previously indicated that...

23 May 2018

June 2018 Visa Bulletin Check-In: Possible Advancement for EB2 and EB3 India

Charles Oppenheim, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, provides visa bulletin explanations and predictions most months. For June 2018, Mr. Oppenheim discusses the possibility of movement in the employment-based, second preference (EB2) and employment-based, third preference (EB3)...

11 May 2018

Updated Rulemaking Agenda Again Lays Out Trump’s Harsh Plans for Foreign Nationals

At the end of 2017, MurthyDotCom summarized a number of concerning immigration regulations under consideration by the Trump Administration in the NewsBrief, Troubling Immigration Rules, Including End of H-4 EAD, on Trump’s Rulemaking Agenda (2017.Dec.15). While none of the rules has yet come to light,...

07 May 2018

May 2018 Visa Bulletin Check-In: Short-Term Predictions

Most months, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charles Oppenheim, provides visa bulletin explanations and predictions. For the May 2018 Visa Bulletin, Mr. Oppenheim only provides some very minor, short-term predictions. Family-Based Preference Categories For most family-based (FB) preference...