Posts tagged Department of State
March 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its March 2019 Visa Bulletin. Overall, movement in all categories has slowed down.  EB-1 for most nationals advanced by one month while Chinese and Indian nationals advanced by only fourteen days.  For the EB-2 category, Chinese nationals advanced by three months while Indian nationals advanced by only three days. Lastly, EB-3 for Chinese nationals moved forward by seven days, while Indian nationals advanced by one month, and Philippine nationals advanced by four months.

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February 2019 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2019 Visa Bulletin. Overall, movement in all categories has slowed down.  EB-1 for most nationals advanced by two months while Chinese and Indian nationals advanced by only one month.  For the EB-2 category, Chinese nationals advanced by two months while Indian nationals advanced by only five days. Lastly, EB-3 for Chinese nationals moved forward by twenty-three days, while Indian and Philippine nationals advanced by a month and a few days.

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December 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its December 2018 Visa Bulletin. Overall, there was very little movement in most categories this month.  EB-1 for all nationals advanced by three months.  EB-2 worldwide is still current (except for China and lndia).  EB-2 for Chinese nationals advanced by one and a half months, and EB-2 Indian nationals advanced by almost two months. EB-3 for Chinese and Philippine nationals moved forward by one week, while Indian nationals advanced by two months. 

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Registration for the Annual Green Card Lottery Ends November 6, 2018

The Department of State just announced that the online registration for the annual Green Card lottery, formally referred to as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program 2020 (DV 2020), will begin at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT–4), Wednesday, October 3, 2018, and end at 12 noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT–5), Tuesday, November 6, 2018. We recommend registering as soon as possible because the DOS website slows down or freezes due to very heavy traffic towards the end of the registration period.

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Understanding the State Department's Monthly Visa Bulletin

The Department of State’s monthly Visa Bulletin can be difficult to understand.  All those dates and charts and categories are confusing.  But knowing how to read the Visa Bulletin is important if you are seeking permanent residence in the United States so you can understand how long you will have to wait before you finally have your green card.  The following explanation is specifically for individuals going through the permanent residence process based on employment

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August 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its August 2018 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, the Employment-Based (“EB”)-1 category for all nationals worldwide (except for China and India) is no longer current and has retrogressed to May 1, 2016.  EB-1 for Chinese and Indian nationals had no movement.  EB-2 and EB-3 worldwide remains current.  EB-2 for Chinese nationals advanced by two months, but there was no movement for EB-2 Indian nationals.  EB-3 for Chinese, Indian and Philippine nationals also moved forward. 

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July 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its July 2018 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, the Employment-Based (“EB”)-3 category for Chinese nationals retrogressed dramatically by two years and five months to January 1, 2013.  EB-2 for Chinese and Indian nationals, and EB-3 for Indian nationals made significant advances while EB-1 for Chinese and Indian nationals and EB-3 for Philippine nationals had no movement.

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April 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has released the April 2018 Visa Bulletin.  Most notably, the Employment-Based (“EB”)-1 category for Indian and Chinese nationals retrogresses dramatically from current to January 1, 2012.  EB-2 and EB-3 for Chinese nationals, and EB-3 for Indian and Filipino nationals make significant advances while EB-2 for Indians holds steady.

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