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January 2012 Visa Bulletin-Good News for EB2 from China and India

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sat, Dec 10, 2011 @ 12:12 PM

 In the January visa bulletin, wait times for EB-2 (employment based) visas for India and China  move forward by (by nine and a half months) and there is a continued forward movement in the FB1 (family based) categories.

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No More Wait times for Employment Based Green Cards?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 05, 2011 @ 12:53 PM

In a move that would benefit highly skilled workers from countries like India and China seeking to stay in the US, the House of Representatives has voted to end per-country caps on employment based green cards.

The bill (HR 3012) passed by the the House of Representatives by both Democrat and Republicans, completely eliminates the per-country caps for employment-based visas and raises the per-country cap from seven per cent to 15 per cent for family-based visas.

The current Immigration and Nationality Act generally provides that the total number of employment-based immigrant visas made available to natives of any single foreign country in a year cannot exceed seven per cent of the total number of such visas made available in that year.  This would make visas immediately available to countries with a high number of skilled immigrant applicants such as China and India thereby effectively removing the decade-long visa back-log for theseworkers.  This bill will also increase the number of family based visas granted each year thereby assisting countries with a high number of family based immigrant applicants such as Mexico and Philippines. 

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US Immigration Basics for South Africans | Green Cards (Part 3)

Posted by Karen Pollak on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 @ 7:34 AM

The Most Common Green cards issued to South Africans

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