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Employment Based Green Card: Maintaining your Priority Date

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 3:57 PM

With visa backlogs and long wait times, clients are often afraid to change employers as they do not want to lose their priority date.  Essentially, the priority date establishes your place in line waiting for a family or employment based green card application to be approved (http://classic-migration-sandbox-52046.hs-sites.com/green-card-faq). 

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Visa Bulletin Predictions + further EB2 Retrogression for India

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 @ 3:23 PM
Charles ("Charlie") Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control
and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State sat down with American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to provide his insight into his visa predictions for October 2014 and beyond. 

The new fiscal year begins on October 1, and with it comes a new infusion of
visa numbers! Below are highlights from the October 2014 Visa
Bulletin
and Charlie's predictions for future movement based on information
available as of September 9, 2014.

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Predictions for Visas-Further visa Retrogression for India?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 10:52 AM

As we anxiously await the April 2013 visa bulletin, I thought it would be interesting to repost AILA predictions regarding visa availability.  Take particular note of possible further visa retrogression for EB2 from India.  Cite as “AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 12012349 (posted Feb. 22, 2013)” 

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The March 2013 Visa Bulletin is here

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

The bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers in March. The employment-based second preference cut-off date for China has advanced to February 15, 2008 and the cut-off date for India remains at September 1, 2004.

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Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

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Analysis of February 2013 Visa Bulletin

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 @ 6:48 AM

The February 2013 Visa Bulletin does not provide predictions for cutoff date movement later in the year.  Let’s hope that the highly anticipated Immigration Reform which President Obama says must happen this year---will bring current the wait times for visas in both the employment and family based categories.   

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VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS ON PRIORITY DATES 2012-2013

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Sep 06, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

On Thursday, August 30, 2012, Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, and Mike Nowlan, Chair of the AILA Business Committee, discussed the Visa Bulletin, visa demand in the employment preference categories, and predictions for FY2012 and FY2013 with Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office. These are only discussions of what could happen and are not assurances or guarantees by the Visa Office, as changes in visa usage result in changes in the Visa Bulletin.

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Visa Office Discusses Priority Dates for Employment Based Visas

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 @ 2:21 PM

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, discussed the Visa Bulletin, visa demand in the employment preference categories, and predictions for FY2012 and beyond with Charlie Oppenheim of the Visa Office (AILA INfonet Doc No. 12012349 posted 6/28/2012). Here are notes from that discussion:

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Analysis of July Visa Bulletin | EB-2 Visa Retrogression

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 7:30 PM

The Department of State’s July Visa Bulletin, provides no surprises. As predicted, there is a slowdown as the government approaches these last three months of its fiscal year. Due to heavy demand against the annual 140,000 quota, priority dates in the EB-2 category, which were previously “current,” have now retrogressed to January 1, 2009. EB-2 priority dates for Chinese and Indian nationals have already been unavailable. There is only nominal movement in the EB-3 category. The State Department warned that later this summer, if heavy demand continues, it may become necessary to make all EB-2 visa numbers unavailable prior to September 30, 2012, the end of the fiscal year.   EB2
 Workers other than India and China, with a Priority date after January 1, 2009 should file their adjustment applications by the end of the month

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EB 2 Annual Visa Limits Reached for India and China

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

AILA has confirmed with the State Department that the annual limit in the EB-2 category for China-mainland born and India has been reached. The State Department notified USCIS on April 11, 2012, that no further visas for those categories would be authorized. This is the “additional corrective action” that was forecast as a possibility in Section D of the May 2012 Visa Bulletin (AILA Doc. No. 12040652). USCIS will continue to accept adjustment applications based upon cut-off dates published in the April and May Visa Bulletins. However, requests from USCIS service centers and field offices for visas in the EB-2 category aliens chargeable to China-mainland born or India will be retained by DOS for authorization in FY2013, beginning on October 1, 2012.

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