April 2018 Visa Bulletin with Commentary

The April 2018 Visa Bulletin was recently released. Most notably, EB-1 China and India will retrogress on April 1st. EB-2 and EB-3 China and EB-3 India also saw significant forward movement. April 2018 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 40 days to 1 May 2016, F2B preference advances[…]

More Problems On The Horizon For H1b Visas

As the H1b lottery season approaches, the USCIS issued a new policy memo last night.  Below is the email from USCIS.  I will write about the details of the memo shortly but in essence, it is going to rise to more RFEs and denials.  Stay tuned. From USCIS: WASHINGTON—The H-1B visa program generally allows a[…]

March 2018 Visa Bulletin

The March 2018 visa bulletin was recently released. Most notably, EB-5 Regional Center visas are again available through March 23, 2018 following a continuing resolution. There was also good movement forward in the F-2B category as well as the EB-2 and EB-3 China categories. March 2018 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A[…]

February 2018 Visa Bulletin

The February 2018 visa bulletin was recently released. Most notably, EB5 Regional Center visas are currently unavailable. The immigrant investor pilot program was extended through January 19, 2018. If there is legislative action that extends the program beyond January 19, 2018, the final action date will become current for all countries other than China and[…]

January 2018 Visa Bulletin

The January 2018 visa bulletin was recently released. Most notably, EB5 Regional Center visas are currently unavailable. The immigrant investor pilot program was extended through December 22, 2017. If there is legislative action that extends the program beyond December 22, 2017, the final action date will become current for all countries other than China and[…]

Reposting: Entrepreneur Parole- Final Rule Released- Here are Details!

Given that the International Entrepreneur Rule will hopefully be implemented very soon, I am reposting this important article from January 2017 to remind people of the rules. International Entrepreneurs Rule FINAL RULE – JANUARY 2017 A Simplified Summary by Tahmina Watson  USCIS announced proposed new rules on August 26, 2016 for international entrepreneurs. Comments were[…]

International Entrepreneur Rule Officially on Path to Closure

While the writing was on the wall that the new administration would rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule, I was still holding hope that the so called business-men in this administration would see the economic merits of such a rule. It is afterall the closest we have ever come to a ‘startup visa’ in this country. […]

In the name of ‘Buy American, Hire American”- simple visa extensions will no longer be simple

Today, in unexpected news (much like other news this administration releases without notice), USCIS released an announcement and a policy memo that previously approved non-immigrant visa applications will no longer receive ‘deference’ and will receive extra scrutiny- see below copy of notice. The new policy will supersede well established old policy that an approved application[…]

November 2017 Visa Bulletin

The November 2017 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most notably, the potentially monthly movement was less than anticipated in the October 2017 visa bulletin. November 2017 For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A category priority date advances 24 days to 15 November 2015, F2B preference advances 7 days to a PD of[…]