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UNITED STATES: May 2014 Visa Bulletin: No Movement in EB-3 Worldwide and China Cut-Off; Modest Advancements for EB-3 India and EB-2 China

By Ben Tibber

The cutoff date for EB-3 China and most other countries will remain at October 1, 2012. EB-3 India will advance by two weeks, to October 1, 2003, and EB-3 Philippines will advance by eighteen weeks, to November 1, 2007. EB-2 China will advance by five weeks to April 15, 2009. According to the State... »

UNITED STATES: New data: Approvals of L-1B petitions fell in 2013

By Ben Tibber

March 11, 2014 - New data released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) show that the number of L-1B intracompany transfer petitions approved in FY 2013 fell sharply from FY 2012. For employers considering L-1 petitions, particularly as an alternative to H-1B petitions, the data are a reminder that L-1 petitions are not... »

USA: April 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Cut-Off Dates Move Ahead for Most Countries; Modest Advancement for EB-2 China; No Change for EB-2 and EB-3 India or F-2A Mexico

By Ben Tibber

The EB-3 subcategory will advance by one month, to October 1, 2012, for China and most other countries. EB-2 China will advance by a modest three weeks to March 8, 2009. EB-2 and EB-3 India remain unchanged, at November 15, 2004 and September 15, 2003, respectively. The F-2A category for Mexico will remain at... »

UNITED STATES: March 2014 Visa Bulletin

By Ben Tibber

The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by three months, to September 1, 2012, for China and most other countries. The EB-3 other worker subcategory for China will advance markedly, also to September 1, 2012, while EB-3 India will advance by two weeks to September 15, 2003. As expected, EB-2 India... »

USA: February 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 and EB-3 Cut-Off Dates Move Ahead for Most Countries; Numbers for India Remain Static

By Ben Tibber

The EB-3 classification for professionals and skilled workers will advance by two months, to June 1, 2012, for all countries, except India and the Philippines. EB-3 India will remain at September 1, 2003 while cut-off dates for the Philippines will advance to April 15, 2007. In terms of second preference, EB-2 India will remain... »

UNITED STATES: January 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Cut-Off Dates Advance Significantly for Most Countries; No Forward Movement for EB-2 and EB-3 India

By Ben Tibber

The EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by six months, to April 1, 2012, for China and most other countries, while EB-3 India will remain at September 1, 2003. As expected, EB-2 India will remain at November 15, 2004. EB-2 China will advance by one month, to December 8, 2008. According... »

United Kingdom: Visa Applicants in India Will Soon Be Subject to Pre-Entry TB Screening for Long Stays

By admin

The UK Border Agency will require visa applicants residing in India to undergo mandatory pre-entry TB screening if they will stay in the UK for more than six months. The new requirement takes effect on August 16, 2012 for settlement applicants and on November 1, 2012 for temporary visa applicants. Visa applicants residing in... »

United States: EB-2 India/China Immigrant Visas Reportedly Exhausted for the Year

By admin

The annual limit on immigrant visas for EB-2 India and mainland China was apparently reached on April 11, according to a report from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. USCIS will still accept EB-2 India/China adjustment applications based on priority dates cut-offs in the April and May Visa Bulletins, but these cases will be held... »

United States: State Department Announces EB-2 India/China Immigrant Visa Cut-Off

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The State Department has announced that no further EB-2 immigrant visa numbers will be authorized this fiscal year for applicants with priority dates of August 15, 2007 or later, effective March 23, 2012. However, foreign nationals with priority dates earlier than May 1, 2010 can still file adjustment applications with USCIS through April 30,... »

United States: Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Filing Starts on April 2

By admin

The H-1B filing season will begin on Monday, April 2, 2012. Though it is unlikely that the H-1B cap will be reached during the first days of the filing season, employers should prepare in advance to file petitions on April 2, 2012, or at least during the first five business days of the filing... »