November 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Oct18

November 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its November 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, there have been steady advancements for nearly all chargeability areas. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of February 1, 2017 (Advancement of 93 days) India:           ...

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Health Insurance Requirements Imposed on Immigrant Visa Applicants Oct18

Health Insurance Requirements Imposed on Immigrant Visa Applicants

Beginning on November 3, 2019, according to a , the U.S. Department of State will suspend issuance of immigrant visas to foreign nationals who are applying at U.S. consulates that are unable to show that they will have unsubsidized health insurance within 30 days of entry into the U.S. or otherwise pay for their healthcare expenses i...

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Injunction Following USCIS’s Publication of New Versions of Immigration Forms Oct11

Injunction Following USCIS’s Publication of New Versions of Immigration Forms

On October 9, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published new editions of Forms I-485, I-129, I-539/I-539A, I-864, I-864EZ, and I-944. On its website, USCIS stated that it would accept the previous edition of the forms if they are postmarked on or before October 14, 2019. The effective date of wh...

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Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Measure to Temporarily Extend Key Immigration Programs Oct11

Congress Passes Short-Term Spending Measure to Temporarily Extend Key Immigration Programs

With the passing of a short-term spending measure, Congress temporarily extended federal government funding through November 21, 2019 while FY 2020 budget negotiations continue. This means that many key immigration programs, which are under federal functions, will continue uninterrupted until then, pending President Trump's signature...

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Department of State Opens Registration for FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery Oct04

Department of State Opens Registration for FY 2021 Diversity Visa Lottery

The Department of State (DOS) announced that it would begin accepting online registrations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery starting on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at noon EDT. Foreign nationals will have until Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at noon EDT to file online to enter the DV lottery. 55,000 green card numb...

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October 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued Sep20

October 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its October 2019 Visa Bulletin. Most notably, EB-1 India is available again and many chargeability areas for EB-2 and EB-3 are current again. EB-1-Worldwide: China:                      Priority date of November 1, 2016 (Advancement of 1036 days) In...

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H-4 EAD Rescission Proposal Remains Under Federal Review Sep13

H-4 EAD Rescission Proposal Remains Under Federal Review

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a status report in response to a court order in Save Jobs USA v DHS, a lawsuit that challenges the work authorization for H-4 spouses of H-1B beneficiaries. According to the status report, the proposal for rescinding H-4 work authorization is still under federal ...

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DHS Proposes Registration Fee for H-1B Cap Sep05

DHS Proposes Registration Fee for H-1B Cap

On September 3, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a requiring petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to pay a $10 fee for each electronic registration they submit to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS is proposing this registration fee in order to recover the ...

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USCIS Completes Return of Unselected H-1B Cap Petitions for FY 2020 Aug21

USCIS Completes Return of Unselected H-1B Cap Petitions for FY 2020

On August 15, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that it has finished returning all H-1B petitions that were unselected for the FY 2020 cap. Petitioners should receive their returned petitions with filing fee checks by August 29, 2019. Meanwhile, USCIS continues to adjudicate pending H-1B cap cas...

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September 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued; EB-3 Categories Made Immediately Unavailable Aug21

September 2019 Visa Bulletin Issued; EB-3 Categories Made Immediately Unavailable

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its September 2019 Visa Bulletin, which has been reproduced below. However, during the Department of State Liaison Committee's August 16, 2019 monthly check-in with Charlie Oppenheim, the committee was made aware that the entire EB-3 category has immediately been made unavailable for t...

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