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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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October 2018 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State (DOS) has released its October 2018 Visa Bulletin.  October 1 marks the start of the new fiscal year so all the immigrant visa categories benefit from new visa numbers.  As a result, all categories will experience significant advancements, some as many as four to six years.

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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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USCIS Changes Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, and M Nonimmigrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum this week, changing the way unlawful presence will be calculated for students (F-1), exchange visitors (J-1), and vocational students (M-1), and their dependents, while in the United States. The new policy memorandum will take effect on August 9, 2018.

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Paying USCIS Filing Fees with Credit Cards: Agency Provides More Guidance

Earlier this week, USCIS provided guidance on how to pay for government filing fees with credit cards.  Last month (February 2017), USCIS began accepting credit card payments for 41 fee-based forms processed at USCIS Lockbox facilities. Applicants must use Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transaction and may pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover.

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USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions effective April 2, 2018.  This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018.   USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the FY 2019 cap, such as extensions and change of employer petitions.

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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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