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01/17/2017: USCIS Updates Form I-485 Supplement J, Confirmation of Bona Fide Job Offer or Request for Job Portability

Use I-485 Supplement J to:

  • Confirm that the job offered to you in Form I-140, Petition for Alien Worker, remains a bona fide job offer that you intend to accept once your Form I 485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, is approved. Beginning Jan. 17, 2017, if you are filing or have previously filed Form I-485 based on being the principal beneficiary of a valid Form I-140 in an employment-based immigrant visa category that requires a job offer, you will need to file Supplement J instead of submitting a job offer letter;
  • OR
  • Request job portability under INA section 204(j) to a new, full-time, permanent job offer that you intend to accept once your Form I-485 is approved. This new job offer must be in the same or a similar occupational classification as the job offered to you in the Form I-140 that is the basis of your Form I-485. (For more information about how USCIS determines which jobs are same or similar please see PM-602-0122 (PDF, 205 KB): Determining Whether a New Job is in “the Same or a Similar Occupational Classification” for Purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability (March 18, 2016 ))

01/12/2017: USCIS Proposes Significant Changes to EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

DHS is proposing to increase the minimum investment amounts for all new EB-5 petitioners. Specifically, DHS proposes to initially increase the standard minimum investment amount, which also applies to high employment areas, from $1 million to $1.8 million. For those investors seeking to invest in a new commercial enterprise that will be principally doing business in a targeted employment area (TEA), DHS proposes to increase the minimum investment amount from $500,000 to $1.35 million, which is 75 percent of the proposed standard minimum investment amount. In addition, DHS is proposing to make regular CPI-Ubased adjustments in the standard minimum investment amount, and conforming adjustments to the TEA minimum investment amount, every 5 years, beginning 5 years from the effective date of these regulations. - DHS

01/10/2017: February 2017 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 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 information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 2012-11-15 31
India Second (EB2) 2008-04-15 74
ROW Third (EB3) 2016-10-01 61
China Third (EB3) 2013-10-01 23
India Third (EB3) 2005-03-22 7
Mexico Third (EB3) 2016-10-01 61
Philippines Third (EB3) 2011-10-15 85

01/03/2017: Green Card Tracker Updated with Data as of October 2016

green card tracker

Today USCIS finally published the pending I-485 inventory with data as of October 2016, after missing the July update entirely. We have now updated the green card tracker with the latest information. The I-485 tracker includes data from USCIS' pending I-485 inventory as well as DOS' pending consular processing cases.

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