May 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2017. The table below shows “Final Action (Approval)” cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. To see filing cut-off dates or family-sponsored categories please go to the Visa Bulletin page linked above. For historical data, predictions and more Read more about May 2017 Visa Bulletin Released[…]

USCIS I-485 Statistics – January to March, 2015

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the latest performance data of I-485 Applications to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. Below is a summary of the total number of I-485 cases by category. For more detailed statistics including service center and field office data, please click here.  I-485 Applications Performance Data (1/1/2015 – Read more about USCIS I-485 Statistics – January to March, 2015[…]

Green Card Application Timeline for Parents of U.S. Citizen

After nine months, my parents’ green card applications were approved today. They didn’t have to go to an interview. Below is a brief timeline for their adjustment of status process. February 2013: Completed medical exams. Sent both applications (in separate envelopes and clearly labeled) in one package to USCIS in late February. Each application included Read more about Green Card Application Timeline for Parents of U.S. Citizen[…]

USCIS I-130 Processing Times to Improve in Coming Months

In a recent post I talked about USCIS’ significant delays in processing I-130 petitions filed by U.S. citizens for their immediate relatives. I also proposed a potential reason for the issue. Apparently USCIS has been fully aware of the situation. In an email sent to stakeholders today, USCIS promised to speed up the adjudication of Read more about USCIS I-130 Processing Times to Improve in Coming Months[…]

USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory (10-01-2013) Released

USCIS today released the pending employment-based I-485 inventory with data as of October 1, 2013. Our green card tracker has now been updated with the new inventory data. If you have questions about the data or how the tracker works, please visit our FAQ section and/or leave a comment below. The Consular Processing (CP) inventory Read more about USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory (10-01-2013) Released[…]

Is DACA Linked to USCIS I-130 Processing Delays?

Recently many I-130 petitioners have received a USCIS letter stating that their case would be further delayed by about six months. The letter also says the delay is caused by workload factors not related to their case. A reader suggested DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as the reason, so I dug up some data Read more about Is DACA Linked to USCIS I-130 Processing Delays?[…]

Vaccination Requirements of Adjustment of Status Applicants

Green card applicants filing for adjustment of status (Form I-485) are required to submit Form I-693, Report of Medical Examination and Vaccination Record. The form must be completed, signed and sealed by a designated civil surgeon. Form I-693 is used by USCIS to determine whether an applicant is inadmissible to the United States on public Read more about Vaccination Requirements of Adjustment of Status Applicants[…]

USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory October 2012 Released

USCIS finally released the pending I-485 inventory today with employment-based data as of October 4, 2012. This has been a long wait: Five months after the last release on May 3rd, which is supposed to be on a quarterly basis. Anyway, better late than never. The green card tracker has now been updated with the Read more about USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory October 2012 Released[…]