December 2022 Visa Bulletin – Further Retrogression for EB-2 India
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
2w 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-1 remains current; EB-2 remains frozen at June 8, 2019; EB-3 advances six weeks to August 1, 2018; EB-3 other workers leaps ahead more than six months to June 22, 2013. India:  EB-1 remains current; EB-2 retrogresses more ..read more
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November 2022 Visa Bulletin – A Warning for EB-2 All Other Countries
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
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 November Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.   China:   EB-1 remains current; EB-2 holds at June 8, 2019; EB-3 freezes at June 15, 2018; EB-3 other workers advances three months to December 1, 2012. India:   EB-1 remains current; EB-2 holds at April 1, 2012; EB-3 freez ..read more
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October 2022 Visa Bulletin – For EB-2 India, an Ominous Start to the Fiscal Year
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
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 October Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.   China:   EB-1 remains current; EB-2 advances over two months to June 8, 2019; EB-3 moves forward seven weeks to June 15, 2018; EB-3 other workers advances three months to September 1, 2012. India:   EB-1 remains current; EB-2 ca ..read more
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September 2022 Visa Bulletin – A Frosty End to the Fiscal Year as All Categories Freeze
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
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 September Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.   China:   EB-1 remains current; EB-2 remains frozen at April 1, 2019; and EB-3 freezes at April 22, 2018. India:    EB-1 remains current; EB-2 remains frozen at December 1, 2014; and EB-3 freezes at February 15, 2012. All ..read more
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Premium Processing Will Soon Be Available for EB-1C and EB-2 NIW I-140 Petitions
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by Courtland C. Witherup
4M ago
UPDATE – Phase 3 of Stage 1 will begin on August 1, 2022 and include pending I-140 petitions in the EB-1C Multinational Executive/Manager category that were filed with USCIS on or before July 1, 2021 and pending I-140 petitions in the EB-2 National Interest Waiver (NIW) category that were filed with USCIS on or before August 1, 2021.  —————————————- Stage 1 of USCIS’s previously announced Premium Processing Expansion program is set to begin on June 1, 2022. Stage 1 will focus on I-140 petitions and will be rolled out in phases, with only long-pending cases eligible to upgrade to premium p ..read more
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July 2022 Visa Bulletin – After Months of Stagnation, EB-2 China Advances One Month
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
6M 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 July Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month.   China:  EB-1 remains current; EB-2 moves forward one month to April 1, 2019; and EB-3 remains stalled at March 22, 2018. India:  EB-1 remains current; EB-2 advances three months to December 1, 2014; and EB-3 remains frozen at Janua ..read more
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Visa Stamp Delays: US Consulates Publish Increased Wait Times to Schedule Appointments
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Shaena M. Rowland
6M ago
COVID travel restrictions may be improving, but the most recent update to the Department of State’s Visa Wait Times confirms that there are still very serious, ongoing visa appointment delays resulting from the pandemic. During peak pandemic times, many US Embassies and Consulates were forced to close entirely or to limit their services to emergency appointments only. Over the past year, many have reopened and resumed processing as expeditiously as possible, but it seems that they are once again overwhelmed by the volume and backlog of applications. Presently, at many US consulates, the wait t ..read more
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Premium Processing Will Soon Be Available for EB-1C and EB-2 NIW I-140 Petitions
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
6M ago
Stage 1 of USCIS’s previously announced Premium Processing Expansion program is set to begin on June 1, 2022. Stage 1 will focus on I-140 petitions and will be rolled out in phases, with only long-pending cases eligible to upgrade to premium processing in the coming months.  Phase 1 of Stage 1 will begin on June 1, 2022 and include pending I-140 petitions in the EB-1C Multinational Executive/Manager category that were filed with USCIS on or before January 1, 2021.  Phase 2 of Stage 1 will begin on July 1, 2022 and include pending I-140 petitions in the EB-1C Multinational Executive/M ..read more
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June 2022 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 India Advances One Year
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
by Courtland C. Witherup
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 June Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month. China:  EB-1 remains current; EB-2 remains frozen at March 1, 2019; and EB-3 remains stalled at March 22, 2018. India:  EB-1 remains current; EB-2 leaps ahead an entire year to September 1, 2014; and EB-3 remains frozen at January 15, 201 ..read more
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Automatic Extension of Work Authorization Further Extended for Certain EAD Applicants
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by Shaena M. Rowland
7M ago
USCIS announced that effective May 4, 2022, certain categories of Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) applicants will be eligible for an additional extension of automatic work authorization, beyond that to which they are already entitled. Background: Through a series of unfortunate events, USCIS processing timelines across the board have taken a hit over the past couple of years. Much in the same way that COVID-19 impacted the rest of the world’s workforce, during 2020 and 2021, the government faced hiring freezes, furlough threats, workforce attrition, and severely reduced capacity for ..read more
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