Family Immigration

April 2019 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for April 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now February 1, 2018 for all nationals, except those born in India and China remain with a cutoff date of February 22, 2017. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a cutoff date of April 12, 2009 (EB-2) and June 22, 2009 (...
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February 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for February 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now December 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of February 8, 2017, so there has been significant progress in this cattegory. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who have a c...
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USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended.

USCIS is largely unaffected by the government shutdown. Only a few immigration programs are suspended. Funded by application fees, rather than tax dollars, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) remains open during the current government shutdown. Unless otherwise notified, all applicants should attend their interviews and appointments as scheduled. In addition, USCIS will contin...
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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for January 2019. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now October 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of December 15, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  stillhave a cutoff date of April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3...
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Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundable Citizenship Workshop set for February 9, 2019

Scheef & Stone Immigration Practice Group attorneys will volunteer to assist citizenship applicants at The Plano MCOR Citizenship Workshop 2019.  In addition, Ann Badmus is a guest speaker at the workshop and will present ” How to Get Qualified Legal Help.”  MCOR’s Citizenship Information Workshop is a FREE annual meeting designed to provide accurate information on becoming a citizen of the Un...
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Planning to Travel Internationally This Holiday Season? Here’s What Should Know for Smooth Sailing Through US Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) When You Return.

U.S. Citizens:  If you don't have your US passport, be sure to apply at least 6 weeks before you plan to travel.  If you need it faster, you can ask for expedited processing if you have urgent international travel plans.  Visit the Department of State passport site for more information. Green Card Holders:  You will need to present your green card when you return. Be sure to make a copy of your g...
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December 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for December 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now July 17, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of September 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  have a cutoff date of  April 1, 2009 (EB-2) and March 1, 2009 (EB-3) A...
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Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018

Immigration Policy Alert: USCIS Announces New Medical Exam Validity Period for Green Card Applicants Starting November 1, 2018 Generally, all applicants for adjustment of status to permanent residence (I-485 green card) must submit a Form I-693 medical examination report, which is completed by  USCIS approved physicians (“civil surgeon”)  in the United States. On October 16, 2018, the USCIS anno...
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November 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards

November 2018 Visa Bulletin for Employment Based Green Cards The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for November 2018. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is still April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who now have a cutoff date of June 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, except those born in India who  have a cutoff...
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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has posted the visa bulletin for October 2018. There has been significant improvement for many categories as compared to this month’s visa bulletin. EB-1 Priority Workers final action date is now April 1, 2017 for all nationals, except those born in India and China who still have a cutoff date of January 1, 2016. EB-2 and EB-3 is current (no backlog) for all nationals, exc...
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