March 2024 Visa Bulletin – Small Gains in EB-1 India, EB-1 China, and EB-2/3 for Rest of World
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by Carol Schlenker and Suzan Kern
1w ago
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the March Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. India:  Only EB-1 progresses – 1 month, to October 1, 2020. EB-2 stalls at March 1, 2012; EB-3 and EB-3 Other Workers, at July 1, 2012. China:  Only EB-1 advances – 2 weeks, to July 15, 2022. EB-2 freezes at January 1, 2020; EB-3 at Sept ..read more
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Domestic Visa Processing – Application Slots Now Available
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by Stephen Pattison and Lieselot K. Whitbeck
3w ago
On January 29, 2024, the Department of State’s stateside visa pilot renewal program began accepting DS-160s for qualifying individuals seeking to renew their existing H-1B visas while they are in the United States.  As discussed in our previous blog post about this new program, the program allows individuals in the United States who are renewing an H-1B visa issued by US consular sections in Canada between 1/1/2020 and 4/1/2023 or one issued by US consular sections in India from 2/1/2021 and 9/30/2021 to do so online through the Department’s CEAC website rather than having to travel outsi ..read more
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February 2024 Visa Bulletin – There’s “Snow” Love for China This Month, and Only Modest Advances in Some Categories for India and Rest of World
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by Carol Schlenker and Suzan Kern
1M ago
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the February Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. China:  No movement in any category. EB-1 freezes at July 1, 2022; EB-2 at January 1, 2020; EB-3 at September 1, 2020, and EB-3 Other Workers at January 1, 2017. India:  EB-1 holds at September 1, 2020, and EB-2 at March 1, 2012. EB-3 ..read more
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Department of State Makes Changes to Visa Interview Waiver Eligibility
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by Stephen Pattison
2M ago
On December 21, the Department of State announced changes to the power consular officers have to waive personal visa interviews for nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applicants. Under the new guidelines, will remain in place indefinitely, consular officers are now authorized to waive personal visa interviews for First-time applications: H-2 temporary agricultural and non-agricultural workers; Other applications – applicants with a previously approved visa: NIV applicants applying in any other NIV category who were previously issued a nonimmigrant visa in any classification if the applicant is applying ..read more
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Domestic Visa Processing – Now With Details
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by Lieselot K. Whitbeck and Stephen Pattison
2M ago
This is a follow up to our prior post on Domestic Visa Processing. The Department of State has officially released the details of the long-anticipated domestic visa processing pilot program. The pilot program will be open starting on January 29, 2024, and will accept up to 20,000 applications, with applications accepted on a rolling basis. The system is set up to release approximately 4,000 application slots each week for the first 6 weeks of the program starting Monday, January 29, 2024. Once the weekly limit is reached, the system will be locked until the next set of slots are released follo ..read more
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January 2024 Visa Bulletin – Ringing in the New Year with Advances in All Categories
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by Carol Schlenker and Suzan Kern
2M ago
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the January Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. India: EB-1 surges 3 years, 8 months, to September 1, 2020. More modest gains in other categories: EB-2 progresses 2 months to March 1, 2012, while EB-3 and EB-3 Other Workers inch forward 1 month to June 1, 2012. China:  EB-1 advances 4.5 ..read more
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Domestic Visa Processing for Some Starting in Early 2024
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by Stephen Pattison
2M ago
After a 20+ year hiatus in domestic visa processing, the Department of State is launching a pilot program to resume limited state-side processing of visa renewals in early 2024. According to a recent State Department announcement, the new pilot program will allow some individuals in the U.S. with visas to renew those visas without leaving the country or attending an interview at a U.S. Embassy or consulate outside the United States. Although the details of the new pilot program have not yet been released by the Department, the program is expected to be initially limited to only H-1B visa holde ..read more
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December 2023 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 and EB-3 China Advance 3 Weeks; No Movement in Other Categories
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by Carol Schlenker and Suzan Kern
3M ago
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the December Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. China:  EB-2 and EB-3 both advance 3 weeks, to October 22, 2019, and January 22, 2020, respectively.  EB-1 stalls at February 15, 2022, and EB-3 Other Workers at January 1, 2016. India:  No movement in any category.  EB-1 ha ..read more
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November 2023 Visa Bulletin – Red Light for All Categories Except EB-2 All Other Countries
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by Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Carol Schlenker and Suzan Kern
4M ago
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the November Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. India:  No movement in any category. EB-1 halts at January 1, 2017; EB-2 at January 1, 2012; EB-3 and EB-3 Other Workers at May 1, 2012. China:  No movement in any category. EB-1 stalls at February 15, 2022; EB-2 at October 1, 2019; E ..read more
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September 2023 Visa Bulletin – Small Advances in EB-3 China and EB-2 All Other Countries; Other EB Categories in Holding Pattern Through Fiscal Year End
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by Carol Schlenker and Suzan Kern
7M ago
The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process, or if already pending, when the final step can be adjudicated. Below is a summary of the September Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. China:  EB-1 stalls at February 1, 2022; EB-2, at July 8, 2019; and EB-3 Other Workers, at September 1, 2015. Only EB-3 advances:  3 months, to September 1, 2019. India:  EB-1 holds at January 1, 2012; EB-2, at January 1, 2011 ..read more
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