Visa Bulletin Graph – Best Way to Track Cutoff Date Movement

Visa Bulletin is one of the most important concepts in U.S. immigration. It’s a monthly publication that defines “cutoff” dates, which determine who can submit a green card application such as I-485, and more importantly, whose application may be approved. But the Visa Bulletin is basically a series of tables with a bunch of dates, Read more about Visa Bulletin Graph – Best Way to Track Cutoff Date Movement[…]

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[…]

December 2015 Visa Bulletin and Future Cutoff Date Predictions

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for December 2015. The table below is a quick overview of the “Final Action (Approval)” cut-off dates and movement from the previous month, for the backlogged employment-based preferences. For all other categories, including family sponsored, please visit our Visa Bulletin Toolbox for more information. Chargeability Preference Read more about December 2015 Visa Bulletin and Future Cutoff Date Predictions[…]

Visa Bulletin for October 2015: New Format with Dual Charts

The October 2015 Visa Bulletin marks a significant change to the process of determining visa availability. Under the legacy system, there is one cutoff date for each category: You will not be able to submit an application, or if you already have a pending case, it will not be approved, unless your priority date is Read more about Visa Bulletin for October 2015: New Format with Dual Charts[…]

Visa Bulletin Tracker – All New Interactive Chart

We’ve just published a new visa bulletin tracker – an interactive chart showing all cutoff dates for all EB2 and EB3 categories, for the past 10 years. Our goal is to provide an easier way for applicants to see the full history of cutoff date movement for their category. The chart is not intended to Read more about Visa Bulletin Tracker – All New Interactive Chart[…]

September 2013 Visa Bulletin and Prediction for New Fiscal Year

The Department of State’s Visa Office today released the Visa Bulletin for September, 2013. Being the last month for the current fiscal year, it carries special weight because all visa numbers must be allocated before they are wasted. All retrogressed EB categories, with the only exception being China EB-2, advanced for September. EB-2 India, benefiting Read more about September 2013 Visa Bulletin and Prediction for New Fiscal Year[…]

August 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB2-India and F2A Advance Significantly

August 2013 Visa Bulletin was released today by the Department of State. EB2-India finally started moving, advancing more than three years to 2008-01-01. Family-sponsored F2A category abruptly became “Current” for all countries. EB-3 categories, however, remained largely unchanged after enjoying significant forward movement over the past few months. Cut-off Date Movement from July to August Read more about August 2013 Visa Bulletin: EB2-India and F2A Advance Significantly[…]

May 2013 Visa Bulletin: Good News for Most EB-3 Categories

The Department of State today released the May 2013 Visa Bulletin with some good news for EB-3 categories. ROW, China and Mexico have all moved forward by more than five months! The rest of EB-3 and China EB-2 made small progress, while India EB2 remained unchanged. See the table below: Cut-off Date Movement from April Read more about May 2013 Visa Bulletin: Good News for Most EB-3 Categories[…]

July 2012 Visa Bulletin – ROW EB-2 Retrogression

The July 2012 Visa Bulletin was released today and the headline was the establishment of a cut-off date of 2009-01-01 for EB-2 ROW (all countries other than those listed separately). Although DOS has recently warned of potential retrogression for EB2 ROW, the backward movement of 3+ years still came as a surprise to many. After Read more about July 2012 Visa Bulletin – ROW EB-2 Retrogression[…]

Potential Visa Retrogression Stirs Protest Against EB1C

A prediction from Charles Oppenheim about EB-2 retrogression has sent a shock wave among I-485 applicants, likely prompting a protest against the much easier venue classified as EB1-C for international managers. Mr. Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division at the Department of State, announced at the AILA Midwest Regional Conference on March Read more about Potential Visa Retrogression Stirs Protest Against EB1C[…]