Tag: priority date

November 27, 2016

What are the new priority date rules for employer sponsored green cards?

Because the U.S. has annual limits on the number of employment sponsored green cards issued (as determined by “preference” category and the applicant’s country of chargeability), most applicants who apply for a green card based on a job need to know their priority date. Based on these limits, the State Department publishes a visa bulletin […]

October 14, 2015

Updated Instruction for Using the DOS Visa Bulletin

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that beginning with the November 2015 Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin, if USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for a fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, they will state on www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo that applicants may use the Dates […]

September 25, 2015

USCIS Suspends Final Adjudication of Employment-Based I-485s for Remainder of FY2015

Starting today, USCIS will suspend final adjudication of employment-based Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjustment of Status because the Department of State reports that the statutory cap has been reached for the employment-based preference categories for fiscal year (FY) 2015. This suspension applies to all employment-based adjustment applications pending with USCIS through […]

September 25, 2015

Immigration News! DOS Revised the October Visa Bulletin

September 25, 2015 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised Visa Bulletin for October. The most significant change is that the dates for filing in the employment-based, second preference (EB-2) category for India. USCIS will now only accept adjustment of status applications for nationals of India in the EB-2 category with a […]

September 15, 2015

Priority Dates – How Do They Work?

Understanding Priority Dates is essential to successfully completing the immigration process and obtain permanent resident (“green card”) status. The PD system is confusing thus determining when to file the final stage in the green card process can be challenging. We hope that with the following information you can better understand this system and make informed […]

September 09, 2015

USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

Announcement from USCIS: USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures DOS uses for foreign nationals who seek to become U.S. permanent residents by applying for […]

June 22, 2015

Visa Bulletin for July 2015 and Predictions of Visa Availability for the Rest of 2015

The Visa Bulletin for July 2015 is now available. The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication by the Bureau of Consular Affairs, that is a part of the Department of State (DOS). This bulletin provides valuable information on the immigrant visa numbers (green cards) availability for family sponsored categories and employment based categories for the […]