Clarity and Strength in Immigration Law

Posted in: May, 2012

Thinking of Filing for a Fast-Track Green Card? Strategies for the Visa Bulletin Blues

It is old news by now that the June visa bulletin shows that the EB-2 category for China & India show “U” for unavailable. This means that no one born in India and China can file in the EB-2 category (unless you qualify for cross-chargeability; see last week’s post). The Department of State reports that […]

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Help! I think my priority date may never become current!

With the visa bulletin showing major retrogressions, and unavailability in some categories, many foreign nationals may be reconsidering their employment-based permanent residence strategies. In fact, this is a great time to re-evaluate and develop a new strategy, if possible. While the visa bulletin may not show improvements until the start of the new fiscal year […]

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Some I-485 Application for Permanent Residence Filings Rejected in Error

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has just reported that several I-485 applications for permanent residence have been improperly rejected by USCIS. Apparently, on April 30th there was a processing problem that caused the incorrect receipt date to be applied to several employment-based I-485s. As a result of the incorrect receipt date, the packages were […]

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Current H-1B Cap Count – They’re Going Fast!

USCIS reports that the agency has received approximately 36,700 H-1B cap-subject petitions as of May 11, 2012.  They also report that they have received approximately 14,800 H-1B petitions for the US Master’s degree cap. The annual H-1B cap is 65,000, plus an additional 20,000 available for US master’s degree holders. This means that over half of […]

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