March 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The March 2019 Visa Bulletin was released last Friday. Below are the new priority dates. It was disappointing to see that EB1 all countries is still not current, and the priority date has not advanced from last month’s bulletin. We have a number of clients in holding patterns and are monitoring this carefully as a result.[…]

News Update: USCIS to Publish Revised Form I-539 and New Form I-539A

Another concerning announcement coming from USCIS regarding a revised Form I-539 and new Form I-539A, including a new biometrics fee requirement of $85 for many categories of applicants, including those applying for H-4 status.   Copied from USCIS:   We have revised Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status and will publish the revised form on our[…]

News Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Filed on or before December 21, 2018

Some (rare) positive news on the H-1B front. USCIS has announced that they are resuming premium processing for all H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. This announcement expands upon USCIS’ previous resumption of premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petitions to include non-cap subject H-1B transfers and extensions (other than continuation[…]

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

February 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary   February 2019 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 23 days to 1 December 2016, F2B preference advances 47 days to a PD of 1 May 2012, F4 category advances 31 days to 22 June 2005; EB1 advances 61 days to 1[…]