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October 10, 2014
Stephen Tarnoff

State Department Visa Bulletin Retrogresses Four Years for EB-2 Foreign Nationals from India

Many foreign nationals from India in the EB-2 category waiting to file their employment-based green card applications may have to wait a lot longer now that the latest U.S. State Department Visa Bulletin has retrogressed four years for that category....

September 26, 2014
Tahreem Kalam

EB-2 India Retrogression Predicted to be Imminent

The employment-based second preference category (EB-2) for India, which recently saw a nearly four year increase in priority dates, is now predicted to undergo a major retrogression. As a refresher, the priority date is the date that determines an individual’s...

EB-5 China Unavailable for Remainder of Fiscal Year 2014

On August 23, 2014, Charles Oppenheim, the Chief of the Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division of the U.S. Department of State, announced that effective immediately, the employment-based fifth preference (EB-5) for China would be unavailable for the remainder of...

August 18, 2014
Stephen Tarnoff

Easing the Costs and Burdens of PERM Recruitment

Employers who sponsor employees for Lawful Permanent Residence, better known as Green Cards, quickly become aware of the numerous difficult and daunting obstacles confronting them in the process. Having to comply with a seemingly incomprehensible array of rules and requirements,...

August 01, 2014
Tahreem Kalam

What happens when a foreign national’s only qualifying experience for PERM purposes was gained working for the sponsoring employer?

When it comes time for an employer to sponsor a foreign national employee for a green card, one of the hurdles the employer and foreign national must go through is assuring that the foreign national meets the specific experience requirements...

July 18, 2014
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrrell

EB-3 China Update

A journey through time with the man behind the visa bulletin In February, we discussed the progression of EB-3 China visa numbers in our blog. Since that time, several changes to EB-3 visa availability have occurred. As a result of...

June 13, 2014
Stephen Tarnoff

State Department Visa Bulletin Jumps Four Years for EB-2 Foreign Nationals from India

The number of foreign nationals from India who can file employment-based green card applications is likely to increase significantly now that the latest U.S. State Department Visa Bulletin has jumped ahead by nearly four years. Based on the July Visa...

EB-2 Chinese Nationals: Tired of waiting to apply for a Green Card? EB-3 may be a faster option

Recent USCIS guidance indicates that individuals from China with timely filed EB-2 category I-140s can now take advantage of movement in the Visa Bulletin’s EB-3 category by having their employers file a new EB-3 I-140 petition. In doing so, the...

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