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December 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The December 2020 Visa Bulletin was released earlier this afternoon/evening. No major changes to note other than the date for filing for EB3 India retrogressing a full year, likely as a result of the significant amount of downgrade filings from the EB2 India category. The EB1 China and EB1 India categories continue to see fairly[…]

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November 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The November 2020 Visa Bulletin was finally released this morning, a mere 3 days before the end of the month, the latest a visa bulletin has ever been released in history. Fortunately, it carried good news, as the filing dates and final action dates were largely unchanged from the previous month. Additionally, USCIS has already[…]

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DHS Proposes Rule to “Strengthen” Affidavit of Support Process

More chaos and cruelty from the Trump administration. DHS is now proposing a rule to, among other things, require Affidavit of Support sponsors to submit credit reports/scores, certified copies of income tax returns, and bank account information. Additionally, any sponsor who has received a public benefit in the 36 months preceding filing will have to[…]

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UPDATE: October 2020 Visa Bulletin – Dates for Filing Chart to be Used for EB Preference Categories

Following up on our two previous blog posts from this morning, it appears that USCIS has now indicated that the Dates for Filing chart applies to those applicants wishing to file for their greencards under the employment-based preference categories. This is in contrast to previous information issued earlier this morning, but represents great news for many[…]

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October 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

After much delay and anticipation, the October 2020 Visa Bulletin was released this morning. Most of the employment based categories saw very significant forward movement, including, but not limited to, EB1 China and EB1 India. This was somewhat expected due to the decreased demand for visa numbers as a result of COVID and the closure/reduced[…]

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USCIS Updates I-944 Public Charge Guidance in Wake of Stay of Injunction

USCIS today updated its webpages regarding the I-485 and the public charge rule, notifying applicants that it will enforcing the public charge rule in the wake of the decision to stay the nationwide injunction, and that applicants filing for adjustment of status will need to include the Form I-944 and relevant supporting documentation. Most notably,[…]

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USCIS Averts Furlough of Nearly 70% of Workforce

After months of uncertainty, USCIS confirmed today that, for the time being, it has managed to avoid furloughing nearly 70% of its workforce, at least through the remainder of this fiscal year (so through September 30th). While this is welcome news in the short term, the announcement also comes with warnings that the agency had[…]

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September 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The September 2020 Visa Bulletin was released yesterday. Nothing major to report this month as they was very little (if any) movement in most categories. However, this is not entirely unexpected as September is the last month of the fiscal year and most visa numbers are used up by then. We should expect to see[…]

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August 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The August 2020 Visa Bulletin was recently released. EB1 India has continued to see significant movement each month for the past 3 months, providing much needed relief in a severely backlogged category. Other employment-based categories saw significant movement as well.   Commentary:   August 2020   For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:[…]

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July 2020 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The July 2020 Visa Bulletin was released yesterday. This month again saw the final action date for EB1 India move forward significantly, advancing another 334 days after advancing 312 days the previous month. Hopefully the coming months continue the progress of this severely backlogged category. Otherwise, no major anomalies to report.   Commentary:   July[…]