November Visa Bulletin

November Visa Bulletin

November Visa Bulletin

October 20, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for November 2017. Once again, USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown below) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications.

As expected, the Final Action Dates show forward movement for most employment-based categories. In the employment-based, third preference (EB-3) category, the Philippines moved ahead by a month-and-a-half (from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016), so that anyone in that category with a January 15, 2016 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status (Form I-485) application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing.

Final Action Dates for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications:

Employment based

All Charge-
ability 
Areas Except
Those Listed

CHINA-
mainland 
born

EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

15JUN13

C

08OCT08

C

C

3rd

C

01FEB14

C

15OCT06 

15JAN16

Other Workers

C

01APR06

15OCT06

15JAN16

4th

C

C

01NOV15 

C

01APR16 

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

01NOV15

C

01APR16

C

5th
Non-Regional
Center (C5 and T5)

C

01JUL14

C

C

C

C

5th
Regional
Center (I5 and R5)

C

01JUL14

C

C

C

C

 

October Visa Bulletin

October Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin for October 2017 

September 27, 2017

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for October 2017, the first visa bulletin for the 2018 fiscal year. USCIS has indicated that employment-based applicants should use the Final Action Dates chart (shown blow) to determine when they may file adjustment of status applications.

As expected, the Final Action Dates show forward movement for most employment-based categories. In the employment-based, third preference (EB-3) category, the Philippines moved ahead by one month (from November 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015), so that anyone in that category with a December 1, 2015 priority date or earlier is now eligible to submit an adjustment of status (Form I-485) application with USCIS. Please note that, for employment-based cases, the priority date is the date on which USICS accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing.

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CareerKnacks Summary: July Visa Action Bulletin

CareerKnacks Summary: July Visa Action Bulletin

 

The Department of State (DOS) has published the Visa Bulletin for July 2017. 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 a few months, however, the 3rd preference Philippines category (which includes Schedule A Nurses born in the Philippines) moved forward by a full year (from May 1, 2013 to May 15, 2014), so that anyone in that category with a May 15, 2014 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 accepted an individual’s I-140 petition for processing. Read more

A Break Down of the January 2017 Visa Bulletin Straight From the Experts

A Break Down of the January 2017 Visa Bulletin Straight From the Experts

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

U.S. Nursing Visa Bulletin – July 2016

U.S. Nursing Visa Bulletin – July 2016

The U.S. State Department has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2016. For your convenience you can download by clicking HERE. Please let us know if you have any questions about the Visa process, we are happy to help make your dream of moving to America come true.

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