The April 2017 Visa Bulletin shows some movement forward for the employment-based categories. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants must use the “Final Action Dates” chart (shown below) to determine when they may file their adjustment of status applications. This month, the Final Action Dates mostly moved forward by several months. The 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses) moved forward by six months (from March 15, 2012 to September 15, 2012), so that anyone in that category with a September 15, 2012 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS received an individual’s I-140 Petition.
With the passing of the Brexit referendum, the number of EU nurses registering in the UK has dropped by a whopping 92% since last June. This news is made even worse by the release of data showing that 68% of currently employed EU nurses in the UK have also left the health service. While this leaves the UK with a huge gap in available nursing positions, it also means that a record number of nurses from the EU are now facing an uncertain future.
Today, we are sharing an update on the Trump travel ban, straight from our go-to immigration experts at Green and Spiegel. Head to their website to read the complete update.
Last week we reported that President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” that ceased visa issuance and admissions to nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for at least 90 days. Since that time, several important court actions have taken place, most notably that the states of Washington and Minnesota filed suit to challenge the Executive Order. Suits filed against the government appear to be initially successful, although the applicability of the order remains fluid given pending appellate review. Read more
The January 2017 Visa Bulletin was issued earlier this week by the U.S. Department of State and can be seen here. To get the full scoop, we went back to our friends at Green and Spiegel for the full breakdown… read on for more information from the experts.
Currently, the 3rd preference (EB-3) category for skilled or professional workers, which includes Schedule A nurses, is backlogged. Because of this backlog, only individuals with a “priority date” earlier than the date listed on the Visa Bulletin are permitted to immigrate to or adjust status in the United States. For employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USCIS received an individual’s I-140 Petition. Read more
If you find yourself confused the all of the legal jargon surrounding U.S. Visas, you are not alone. That is why staying current on the latest visa news is our job. And with more than 25 years of experience, you can rest assured that we are looking out for you. The December 2016 update came out today and it looks like the priority dates have jumped forward again. We love seeing this as it just means you could be arriving in the U.S. even sooner than you thought to begin your brand new career in America.
We are currently in the process of bringing TEN nurses over for placement with a really great hospital and knowing the visa process inside and out has proved invaluable to both the hospital and the nurses. If you find yourself with questions about U.S. Visas, feel free to let us know. We are always happy to answer your questions.
The U.S. election is a topic of conversation for people around the world, in particular those who are interested in relocating the America. The two candidates have vastly different platforms on the topic and understandably has many on edge with what will happen if/when each of the candidates get into office. How will it impact you in your quest to move to America?
Lucky for you, CareerKnacks is on your side. We know immigration inside and out, and are happy to answer any questions or concerns that you might have. Check out our post on both the Republican and the Democratic platforms on the topic of immigration for more information.
It is the belief of many experts that the rise in black, Hispanic, and Asian voters will continue to have a critical impact on the outcome of Presidential elections for years to come. In 2016, it does not appear as though immigration had much impact, but it is expected that the impact immigration will have in the general election will be huge. Candidates with anti-immigration policies come into the general election with a 24-point disadvantage in key electoral groups – white women, Hispanics, and young voters. These are the very groups that are expected to be the deciding factor in the 2016 Presidential election. Foreign-born citizens appear to be twice as likely to self-identify with conservative views, but that vote almost exclusively Democrat due to the issue of immigration alone.
The topic is critical to the work that we do and we will continue to follow and stay up to date with the latest in immigration. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them. Contact us with any questions or concerns. It is our job to help you navigate the tricky waters of immigration!