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If Punxsutawney Phil checks the Visa Bulletin on Groundhog Day next month, he’s likely to scurry back into his hole from sheer boredom.

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.

Continue Reading February 2023 Visa Bulletin – Groundhog Month: Most Preference Categories on Repeat from January
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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.

Continue Reading January 2023 Visa Bulletin – EB-1 China and India retrogress; most other preference categories freeze in place
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Effective January 5 (at 12:01am, Eastern Standard Time), all passengers inbound from China, Hong Kong and Macau, or who were in the country in the 10 days prior to their departure to the United States, must show a negative PCR or monitored antigen test in order to board flights to the United States. In addition, the same requirement will apply for those passengers who were physically present in China within the 10 days prior to flying through South Korea’s Incheon International Airport, Toronto Pearson International, and Vancouver International.

Continue Reading A COVID Surge in China Results in Renewed Restrictions for Travel to the United States
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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.  

Continue Reading December 2022 Visa Bulletin – Further Retrogression for EB-2 India
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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.

Continue Reading November 2022 Visa Bulletin – A Warning for EB-2 All Other Countries
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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.

Continue Reading October 2022 Visa Bulletin – For EB-2 India, an Ominous Start to the Fiscal Year
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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.

Continue Reading September 2022 Visa Bulletin – A Frosty End to the Fiscal Year as All Categories Freeze
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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

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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. 

Continue Reading Premium Processing Will Soon Be Available for EB-1C and EB-2 NIW I-140 Petitions

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.

Continue Reading July 2022 Visa Bulletin – After Months of Stagnation, EB-2 China Advances One Month

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.

Continue Reading Visa Stamp Delays: US Consulates Publish Increased Wait Times to Schedule Appointments