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Tahmina Watson Visa Bulletin

August 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The August 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released, and with it came unprecedented retrogression in almost all employment-based categories. EB1 All Countries retrogressed nearly two years, to a final action date of July 1, 2016. In addition, EB2 All Countries and EB3 All Countries, which had remained current for a significant amount of time, also[…]

July 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The July 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. Two major developments that will occur for next month is that the F2A family-based preference category will become current for all countries (including India, China, and Mexico), and that EB5 India will retrogress, from current to a priority date of 1 May 2017. F2A is expected to[…]

May 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The May 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. EB1 all countries is disappointingly still not current, and shows no signs of becoming so any time soon. However, the date for filing employment-based visa applications for EB1 all countries finally showed some significant movement, advancing about three months to 1 September 2018, after having not moved[…]

April 2019 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The April 2019 Visa Bulletin was just released. Below are the new priority dates. Once again, it is very 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[…]

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[…]

Priority date updates from AILA and Charlie Oppenheim

(copied from AILA) Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 4/28/14) Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Apr. 28, 2014)” April 2014:On Monday April 21, 2014 Mr. Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office (VO) spoke to AILA members Roberta Freedman and Michael Nowlan regarding what his office is[…]

Visa Bulletin prediction/commentary

Copied from AILA Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 9/05/12) Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Sep. 5, 2012)” On Thursday, August 30, 2012, Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, and Mike Nowlan, Chair of the AILA Business Committee, discussed the Visa Bulletin, visa demand in the employment[…]

DOS on EB-1 and EB-2 Visa Availability

Copied from AILA: Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12050945 (posted May. 9, 2012)” AILA Liaison received the following information from the Department of State regarding the recent priority date movement for China-mainland born and India EB-2 categories, as well as information on projections for visa availability in the EB-1 and EB-2 preference categories. The[…]

March 2012 visa bulletin commentary

The March 2012 visa bulletin was released today.  Here’s the pertinent information most of my readers are looking for: For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A preference has advanced 45 days to priority date (PD) 22 July 2009 and F2B preference has advanced 31 days to 15 November 2003; F4 moves forward 31[…]