USCIS Reports on November 2014 EB-5 Processing Times

In its November 10, 2014 Processing Time Information, USCIS reports processing initial EB-5 investor immigrant petitions  within 14.3 months of filing.  For EB-5 investors seeking to remove conditions on their residence, USCIS reports a 6.8 months adjudication time frame from filing date, and for new regional center applications, USCIS reports a 8.5 month adjudication time …

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China and the U.S. Agree to Lengthen Visitor and Student Visa Validity Periods

The U.S. Department of State announced that beginning November 12, 2014, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will increase the validity period for business, tourist, student and exchange visitor visas issued to each other’s citizens.  Eligible PRC applicants can receive a multiple entry business or tourist B visa valid up to 10 …

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Visa Bulletin For December 2014

Number 75 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during December. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were …

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Visa Bulletin For November 2014

Number 74 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during November. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were made, …

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India EB-2 Visa Numbers Expected to Retrogress

The October, 2014 Visa Bulletin advises that the current high level of EB-2 demand from India could push back Indian EB-2 priority dates from its current May 1, 2009, to early 2005.  In fact, this retrogression could occur as early as November, 2014, reflecting the large number of filings in behalf of Indian EB-3s who …

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Visa Bulletin For August 2014

Number 71 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were …

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Visa Bulletin For July 2014

Number 70 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during July. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were …

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U.S. Consular Posts in Canada Limit Visa Applications from Non-Canadians

On June 3, 2014. the Department of State has advised that it will severely limit the number of visa applications from non-Canadians, referred to as Third Country Nationals or TCNs, who may want to apply for nonimmigrant visas at any U.S. consular post in Canada.  The Department cited heavy case load during the peak demand …

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Visa Bulletin For June 2014

Number 69 Volume IX Washington, D.C A. STATUTORY NUMBERS1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during June.  Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security reports applicants for adjustment of status.  Allocations were made, …

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USCIS H-1B Premium Processing to Begin April 28, 2014

On April 28, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin premium processing for H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2015 cap, including H-1B petitions seeking an exemption from the fiscal year cap for individuals who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher.  USCIS provides premium processing service for certain employment-based petitions …

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