Department of State

Department of State Update

Importantly, effective November 3, 2019, Department of State (DOS) offices abroad were going to start implementing the new health insurance requirement for permanent immigration (Green Card) applicants undergoing Consular Processing at U.S. consulates.  Under this new adjudication criteria, a U.S. consular officer would be able to deny an immigrant visa benefit to an individual without

Department of State

Department of State Update

Entering the second month of the 2020 government fiscal year, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will again use the Dates for Filing chart (Chart B), which will have no change from the prior month, to file employment-based preference cases during November. The Final Action chart (Chart A) shows some modest movement.  EB-1 Priority

Department of State

Department of State Update

Entering the first month of the 2020 government fiscal year has brought an influx of immigrant visa numbers. The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has also advised that the agency will be using the Dates for Filing chart (Chart B) to file employment-based preference cases during October, which generally has more favorable priority dates

Department of State

Department of State Update

The September visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam advance 15 months to October 1, 2017. EB-1 China retrogresses another two and a half years to January 1, 2014, while EB-1 India becomes “U”navailable. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The August visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam retrogresses almost two years to July 1, 2016. EB-1 China also retrogresses nearly a year to July 1, 2016, while EB-1 India has no movement and holds at January 1, 2015.

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The July visa bulletin reflects important movement in several preference classifications. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam remains at April 22, 2018. EB-1 China advances 2 weeks to May 8, 2017, while EB-1 India has no progress and holds at January 1, 2015. DOS expects EB-1 India to

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The June visa bulletin reflects minimal movement from the prior month in several preference classifications and a significant retrogression for EB-1 India. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability Areas: El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines and Vietnam advance 7 weeks to a cut-off date of April 22, 2018. EB-1 China has no movement and remains at February

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The May visa bulletin continues to reflect very minimal movement from the prior month.  EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam advance just 1 month to a cut-off date of March 1, 2018.  EB-1 China and India have no movement and remain at February 22, 2017.  EB-2 “Members of

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The April visa bulletin continues to reflect very minimal movement from the prior month. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam advance just 1 month to a cut-off date of February 1, 2018. EB-1 China and India have no movement and remain at February 22, 2017. EB-2 “Members of the Professions

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DOS Visa Bulletin

The March visa bulletin continues to reflect very minimal progress from the prior month. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam advance just 1 month to a cut-off date of January 1, 2018.  EB-1 China and India advance only 2 weeks to February 22, 2017. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding