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July 2019 Visa Bulletin Immigrant Visa Number Predictions for Green Card Status

On June 21, 2019, Department of State’s Charlie Oppenheim provided predictions for movements of immigrant visa numbers, which were published in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin.  The following are the projections for the family-based and employment-based preference filings. Family-Based Worldwide Categories: The F-2A category advanced to “current” across the board in the July 2019 Visa READ MORE

June 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued – No Relief for India

The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for June 2019, which provides the visa number availability for family-sponsored and employment-sponsored preference categories, as well as for the diversity visa lottery cut-offs. USCIS has not yet announced whether in June 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications based on the filing dates or READ MORE

Avoiding a Gap in F-1 OPT Employment While H-1B Pending

USCIS is starting to issue H-1B receipts for petitions that won a lottery number.  These receipts will allow those F-1 foreign students working pursuant to their optional practical training (OPT) employment authorization document (EAD) that will expire before October 1, 2019, to extend their EAD until October 1st, unless their petition is denied before then.  This READ MORE

May 2019 Visa Bulletin and EB-1 Remains Backlogged

The Department of State (DOS) posted the Visa Bulletin for May 2019, which provides the visa number availability for family-sponsored and employment-sponsored preference categories, as well as for the diversity visa lottery cut-offs. USCIS has not announced that in May 2019 it will accept adjustment of status applications based on the filing dates chart for READ MORE

DHS Publishes H-1B Pre-Registration Rule for the H-B Cap

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a final rule that revises regulations governing the selection of H‑1B petitions filed under the H‑1B cap. This new electronic, pre-registration process will be suspended for the FY2020 H‑1B cap filing season, which is April 1, 2019. The final rule becomes effective on April 1, 2019, but will READ MORE

Resumption of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS announced that it will resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, 2019, for all FY2019 H‑1B cap petitions, including those filed under the master’s cap. However, the temporary suspension of premium processing remains in effect for all other categories of H‑1B petitions to which it applied. Pending H-1B cap cases, especially those with outstanding READ MORE