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04/16/2014: Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program for L1 Visas

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a stakeholder teleconference on Thursday, April 24, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the extension of the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) to L1 visas. The ASVVP is a site-inspection program designed to complement the Department of Homeland Security's existing anti-fraud efforts. As part of our ongoing commitment to strengthening the integrity of immigration benefit processing, USCIS is expanding the ASVVP to include L1 beneficiaries. - USCIS

04/15/2014: Immigration Activists Push House GOP in Last-Ditch Campaign for Vote

In a last-ditch effort to bring an immigration overhaul to a vote in Congress, House Democrats on Tuesday began targeting key GOP lawmakers in hopes of pressuring House Speaker John A. Boehner to act. The election-year campaign against 30 House Republicans, who have expressed interest in changing the nation's immigration laws, was framed by Democrats as one last opportunity to engage in a legislative debate before President Obama begins taking executive actions. - LA Times

04/10/2014: FY-2015 H-1B Lottery Completed

USCIS received about 172,500 H-1B petitions during the filing period which began April 1, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 10, 2014, USCIS completed a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. For cap-subject petitions not randomly selected, USCIS will reject and return the petition with filing fees, unless it is found to be a duplicate filing. - USCIS

04/09/2014: May 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for May 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 38
India Second (EB2) 0
ROW Third (EB3) 0
China Third (EB3) 0
India Third (EB3) 16
Mexico Third (EB3) 0
Philippines Third (EB3) 139

04/07/2014: USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption. Before running a random selection process, USCIS will complete initial intake for all filings received during the filing period which ended today. Due to the high number of petitions, USCIS is not yet able to announce the date on which it will conduct the random selection process. - USCIS

03/30/2014: Father Of California Girl Who Met With Pope Francis Released From Immigration Detention

After a 10-year-old California girl traveled to the Vatican to plead with Pope Francis for help as her father faced deportation, the man was released Friday on bond from immigration detention. Mario Vargas was freed from a detention facility in Louisiana after he posted $5,000 bond. A relative who saw the girl on television pleading with the pope during a public audience helped with the funding, said his wife, Lola Vargas. - Fox News

03/25/2014: USCIS Guidance on H-1B FY-2015 Cap Season

USCIS has published a guide on FY2015 H-1B cap season including important information such as:

  • How USCIS Determines If an H-1B Petition Is Subject to the FY 2015 Cap
  • Cap Eligible Petitions
  • When to File an FY 2015 H-1B Cap-Subject Petition
  • How to Ensure You Properly File Your H-1B Cap-Subject Petition
  • Additional Documents Required With Your Petition
  • Multiple or Duplicative Filings
  • Where to Mail Your H-1B Petition
  • Filing Fees and Premium Processing Service
  • Organizing Your H-1B Package

03/25/2014: USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions for FY-2015 Beginning April 1, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS receives a properly filed petition with the correct fee. USCIS will not rely on the date that the petition is postmarked. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B visas for FY 2015 is 65,000. The first 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of individuals with a U.S. master's degree or higher are exempt from the 65,000 cap. - USCIS

03/24/2014: Harsh Immigration Realities Set in for Many 'Dreamers'

But since the [DACA] program started, more than 40% of participants have failed to land new jobs after receiving work permits, and only 45% reported getting pay increases, according to early results from a 2013 survey of 2,381 participants, conducted by Roberto G. Gonzales, an assistant professor at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

He said the "prototype dreamer" that most immigration activists talk about straight-A students and valedictorians who are now free to pursue successful, productive careers represents the minority. Most participants, he said, are having "a hard time reentering mainstream life." - LA Times

03/24/2014: Founder of Tri-Valley University Convicted in Immigration Scheme

In a case that highlighted the growing problem of so-called "visa mills," a federal jury on Monday convicted the founder and president of Tri-Valley University of dozens of fraud charges related to a multimillion dollar scheme to illegally provide immigration status to foreign nationals. After two days of deliberations, the jury convicted Susan Su of 31 counts, ranging from conspiracy to commit visa fraud to money laundering to alien harboring in connection with allegations she ran a scam school in Pleasanton from 2008 until her arrest in 2011. - Mercury News

03/19/2014: USCIS Webinar on Online Customer Service Tools

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss our online customer service tools. During this engagement, we will share an overview of the updates to our self-help tools, which include Case Status Online, Processing Times, Change of Address and e-Request. The redesigned e-Request service, which launched on Feb. 14, allows customers to submit a service request to USCIS in certain instances and now offers customers the option to submit online requests for disability accommodations. USCIS officials will be available to answer your questions. - USCIS

03/17/2014: New York Senate Rejects 'Dream Act' for Illegal Immigrant Students

The New York Senate rejected a bill Monday that would open up state tuition assistance to students in the country illegally, dashing long-held hopes of immigration advocates and prompting finger-pointing among rival Democrats.

Texas, New Mexico, California and Washington state allow students who are in the country illegally access to state financial aid. - Fox

03/16/2014: Deportation Policy Shift Is Signaled by Obama

President Obama and his top aides have for months rejected demands from Hispanic activists that Mr. Obama wave a magic wand to end deportations, an action the White House saw as so antagonistic to Republicans that it would destroy any hope for a bipartisan immigration overhaul and even open the door to impeachment.

ut the growing sense of desperation among Latinos about the deportation of nearly two million illegal immigrants has engulfed top Democrats on Capitol Hill, who fear that Hispanic voters' anger at the president could disastrously sink turnout in the coming midterm elections. - NYT

03/11/2014: AILA/SCOPS Teleconference Minutes

A variety of important topics were discussed in this meeting: H-1B, PERM, RFE, OPT, etc. - USCIS

03/07/2014: April 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 21
India Second (EB2) 0
ROW Third (EB3) 30
China Third (EB3) 30
India Third (EB3) 0
Mexico Third (EB3) 30
Philippines Third (EB3) 45

03/06/2014: White House Executive Order to Impose Visa Restrictions on Russians

"Sec. 2. I hereby find that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in subsection 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of such persons. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions)." - White House

03/03/2014: U.S. Supreme Court Declines Immigration Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected attempts by towns in Texas and Pennsylvania to revive local laws that cracked down on illegal immigration. The court decided against hearing appeals filed by the towns of Farmers Branch, Texas, and Hazleton, Pennsylvania, which were seeking to overturn appeals court rulings that said the ordinances were trumped by federal immigration law. In doing so, the court left intact the appeals court rulings and avoided wading into the divisive issue of immigration at a time in which reform efforts have stalled in the U.S. Congress. - Reuters

02/24/2014: January 2014 USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory Released

USCIS published the pending I-485 inventory with data as of January, 2014. Our Green Card Tracker has been updated with the new data. To learn more, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

Note that for this Release USCIS only mentioned the pending I-485 data were as of January 2014, without specifying an actual date. We put in January 15 as an estimate to keep the date format consistent with all previous releases.

02/20/2014: USCIS Clarification onICE-Granted DACA Renewal Guidance

On Feb. 19, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a notice on its website outlining the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) renewal process for certain individuals. Please note that this notice contains renewal information only for those individuals granted DACA by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from June 15, 2012 until August 15, 2012, when USCIS started receiving requests. Our records indicate that this notice only applies to a small fraction of the DACA population. This notice does not apply to any individuals who received deferred action by making a request to USCIS using Form I-821D on or after August 15, 2012. In the coming months, USCIS will issue guidance about the renewal process for this group. - USCIS

02/20/2014: Visitor Visa (B Visa) Refusal Rate by Nationality

Ever wondered what is your statistical chance of getting a B visa to visit the U.S.? Here is all the data from FY-2006 to FY-2013. For the original Department of Statement publication click here.

02/19/2014: ICE-Granted DACA Renewal Guidance

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently posted a notice on its website with important information for individuals granted deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) prior to August 15, 2012. If you were granted DACA by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement prior to August 15, 2012 or are a DACA recipient with an employment authorization document (EAD) that will expire in the next 120 days, you must apply for DACA renewal to avoid any lapse in your employment authorization or accrual of unlawful presence in the United States. - USCIS

02/18/2014: In Need of an Honest Debate on Immigration Reform

From the far reaches of one side comes the charge that immigration reformers only want to destroy our values by throwing open the nation's doors to moochers while feathering their own political (Democratic) nests.

From the other side's remote boundaries come accusations that opponents of "comprehensive immigration reform" are xenophobes, so lacking in compassion and decency that they care only about preserving their racially, ethnically and culturally constricted world. - Chicago Tribune

Note: See the paragraph below that clearly shows how little people know about the legal immigration system. A very good article overall, but tinted by the author's misunderstanding of how immigration quota works:

"The law effectively favors immigrants from certain countries Mexico, India, China, the Philippines and Dominican Republic are generally at the top of the list. Why them? Should there be national quotas to more equally welcome the "tired, the poor," etc., from all nations? Or should our immigration policy be strictly set by what's in America's best interests and let the chips fall where they may?"

02/13/2014: CBP to Revise I-94W and ESTA Forms

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: CBP Form I-94W (Nonimmigrant Visa Waiver Arrival/Departure), and the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This is a proposed revision of an information collection that was previously approved. CBP is proposing that the data elements on CBP Form I-94W and ESTA be revised. - CBP

02/07/2014: March 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 38
India Second (EB2) 0
ROW Third (EB3) 92
China Third (EB3) 92
India Third (EB3) 14
Mexico Third (EB3) 92
Philippines Third (EB3) 16

In addition, the Visa Office also published their predictions of cut-off date movement in the coming months. No good news for India EB2, as well as Family-sponsored F2A category, for the foreseeable future.

02/07/2014: Immigration Overhaul Stalls

Many in GOP ranks also expressed distrust that President Barack Obama would enforce any law they pass. "There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws," Mr. Boehner told reporters. "It's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes."

The move represents an effort by Mr. Boehner to apply the brakes amid heightened expectations after the GOP unveiled its ideas last week at a retreat in Maryland. It still remains possible he could bring legislation to the floor this summer, after many Republican primaries are over, or late in the year, after the elections. - WSJ

02/06/2014: White House Immigratoin Principles

America's immigration system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers and there are 11 million people living in the shadows. Neither is good for the economy or the country.

The President's plan builds a smart, effective immigration system that continues efforts to secure our borders and cracks down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. It's a plan that requires anyone who's undocumented to get right with the law by paying their taxes and a penalty, learning English, and undergoing background checks before they can be eligible to earn citizenship. It requires every business and every worker to play by the same set of rules. - White House

02/03/2014: How Obamacare Killed Immigration Reform

Barack Obama has all but conceded his lame-duck status. His State of the Union address was bereft of big ideas. And his declaration that he will use his "pen and a phone" to issue a raft of executive orders is an admission of political impotence a presidency reduced to small-ball initiatives like creating "myRA" savings accounts and raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. The one exception his one last shot at a major legislative achievement was comprehensive immigration reform. But that isn't happening either. - Washington Post

01/30/2014: Congressional Republicans Released Principles on Immigration

"Our nation's immigration system is broken and our laws are not being enforced. Washington's failure to fix them is hurting our economy and jeopardizing our national security. The overriding purpose of our immigration system is to promote and further America's national interests and that is not the case today. The serious problems in our immigration system must be solved, and we are committed to working in a bipartisan manner to solve them. But they cannot be solved with a single, massive piece of legislation that few have read and even fewer understand, and therefore, we will not go to a conference with the Senate's immigration bill. The problems in our immigration system must be solved through a step-by-step, common-sense approach that starts with securing our country's borders, enforcing our laws, and implementing robust enforcement measures. These are the principals guiding us in that effort." - Full Text from NYT

01/28/2014: How Detroit's Bankruptcy Could Affect Immigration Reform

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) of Michigan put forward a new and controversial plan Thursday to award 50,000 visas over five years to immigrants willing to settle and work in Detroit as part of his efforts to revitalize the bankrupt city.

The move would require a federal action to increase in the employment-based visas for immigrants, as well as a drastic change in the way that such visas are awarded. As a result, immigration experts are skeptical that Governor Snyder's plan will become a reality. Yet some remain intrigued by the long-shot proposal's potential to change the national conversation around immigration reform. - CS Monitor

01/27/2014: Obama Set to Announce 'Practical' Agenda Focusing on Immigration, Income Equality

President Obama is expected in his annual address Tuesday to detail what he calls "practical" proposals to advance the country in 2014, including ones to improve economic opportunities for every American and to fix the nation's immigration system. But Obama will also make clear his intentions to use his executive powers to achieve his goals when Congress fails to pass legislation. - Fox

01/22/2014: White House Dials It Down on Immigration

The White House is trying to dial down the partisan rhetoric on immigration and it's asking its allies to do the same. In meetings with immigration reform advocates, White House officials have said President Barack Obama won't threaten to take unilateral executive action at least not yet and that he wants to give House Republicans some breathing room to try to pass legislation this year, said immigration advocates who have participated in the sessions. - Politico

01/17/2014: GOP to Introduce Shortly New Immigration Plan, Including Path to Legal Status

House Republicans are working on an immigration plan that would give potentially millions of undocumented immigrants a chance to permanently live and work in the United States. The plan, which is reportedly days away from being released to the public, will cover ideas on how the U.S. border should be protected, how immigration laws should be enforced inside the United States, the expansion of visas for certain foreign workers, and how many of the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants can embark on a path to legalize their status, according to published reports, such as one in online news publication Politico. - Fox

01/13/2014: House Republicans Preparing Plan for Immigration Overhaul

The House speaker, John A. Boehner, and his Republican leadership team are preparing to release their principles for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws later this month, the speaker told his members at a closed-door conference on Wednesday.

House Republicans hope to release their principles near the end of the month before President Obama's State of the Union address, as well as before their annual retreat. Republican aides had previously said that their leadership team was unlikely to make any strategic decisions on immigration before the retreat. - NYT

01/08/2014: February 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 31
India Second (EB2) 0
ROW Third (EB3) 61
China Third (EB3) 61
India Third (EB3) 0
Mexico Third (EB3) 61
Philippines Third (EB3) 59

Notes from DOS: MEXICO F2B: The level of demand during recent months has been extremely heavy, in particular for cases filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status processing. Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress the February cut-off date to May 1, 1993 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual per-country limit. Further retrogression of this cut-off date cannot be ruled out.

MEXICO F2A: Continued heavy demand in the Mexico F2A category will require the retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. Such action is likely to occur within the next few months.

01/06/2014: Boehner Is Said to Back Change on Immigration

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation's immigration laws in the coming months, giving advocates for change new hope that 2014 might be the year that a bitterly divided Congress reaches a political compromise to overhaul the sprawling system. - NY Times

12/31/2013: Immigration Reform Will be THE Issue of 2014

Every year another issue sucks all of the oxygen out of Washington, D.C. It will be billed as "the Issue of a Generation" and will be driven by politics rather than policy. If the proposed solution requires more government it will get favorable traction in the media.

In 1997, it was tobacco. Gun control is always just a tragedy away. Global Warming worked for a while. However, with 17 years of no warming behind us those folks have turned to Global Wierding: Storms, droughts, freezes, or whatever else that might occur that you can be blamed for. That issue, thankfully, is going away too. Obamacare was it for several years, but it seems not to be working out as intended so it is time to turn your attention to the new issue of our generation Comprehensive Immigration Reform. And 2014 will be the year in which we must repair our immigration laws that are, as you know, irretrievably broken. - The Blaze

12/31/2013: New Immigration Laws Split America in Two

Congressional inaction has left millions of families increasingly living in two parallel universes. Republican-run states turn cops into border patrol agents and cut undocumented immigrants off from housing, school, employment, and private charities. But in states dominated by Democrats, the same immigrants are gaining access to drivers' licenses, better wages and college educations for their children. - MSNBC

12/22/2013: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Before heading out on vacation, I'd like to thank all of you for visiting our Website, providing feedback or asking questions. ImmigrationRoad.com exists because of you. As the year coming to an end, I hope your dream will come true in 2014. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Everyone!

12/20/2013: Senate Confirms Alejandro Mayorkas as Deputy Director of Homeland Security

The former director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now the No. 2 official in that department's parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas nomination on Friday. The position has been without a Senate-confirmed leader since April.

Stepping into Mayorkas' old role will be Leon Rodriguez, who was picked by President Barack Obama to be director of USCIS. Rodriguez is leaving the post as the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. - Fox

12/19/2013: Judge Claims DHS Delivering Smuggled Children to Illegal Immigrant Parents

A federal judge in Texas is accusing the Department of Homeland Security of hand-delivering children smuggled into the United States to their illegal immigrant parents.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen revealed the practice in a blistering court order filed late last week. He said the "dangerous" practice is effectively aiding human traffickers and particularly the drug cartels, which run many of these operations. - Fox

12/16/2013: Budget Deal May Clear Decks for Immigration in January

If the Senate manages to pass a long-term budget deal Tuesday, the next item on the agenda for Congress could be even harder: immigration. Republican leaders, led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have deemed immigration legislation a priority in the new year. The Senate is expected to pass Tuesday a bipartisan budget deal for the next two years that would clear the legislative calendar and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown in January. And even Bob Dane, whose Federation for American Immigration Reform strongly opposes a bill, concedes that at this point, "the ground is very fertile" for an immigration bill. - USA Today

12/12/2013: January 2014 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for January 2014. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 30
India Second (EB2) 0
ROW Third (EB3) 183
China Third (EB3) 183
India Third (EB3) 0
Mexico Third (EB3) 183
Philippines Third (EB3) 38

12/09/2013: Obama's Illegal-Immigration Order Stokes Amnesty Worries

Facing intense pressure from immigrant advocates who want the president to do more to limit deportations, the Obama administration has quietly issued a directive to help undocumented immigrants who are closely related to military personnel stay in the country.

The effort is called "parole in place," and it aims to end rampant confusion among immigration officials about how to treat the parents, spouses, and minor children of those in active duty as well as veterans and reservists. Under parole in place, these relatives no longer have to leave the country to apply for legal US status a situation that often resulted in the applicants being barred from reentering the US for years. - Christian Science Monitor

12/05/2013: DOS Consular Processing Inventory Released

The Department of State (DOS) publishes an annual report of immigrant visa applicants waiting at the National Visa Center. This year's report was released today, with data as of 11/01/2013. Our green card tracker takes these data into calculation, and use them together with the USCIS pending I-485 inventory to provide you a better estimate of your place in line for a green card. The green card tracker has now been updated with the new Consular Processing (CP) inventory.

12/02/2013: Immigration Activists Warn Against Another Possible Crowd of Illegal Crossers

Over a week ago, a mob of over a hundred people crossed the Mexico border into the US illegally at the Tijuana River channel only to be pushed back by border patrol agents and now a second attempt may be in the works. Border Patrol Agents believe the illegal crossing crowd was part of a planned act of disobedience that took place the Sunday before thanksgiving. - Fox

11/27/2013: In California, a Vision of Republicans' Challenge on Immigration

For most Republicans in the U.S. Congress, a large gathering of Hispanic voters to discuss immigration would be politically perilous - an invitation to complaints about the party's longtime resistance to measures aimed at helping undocumented immigrants. - Reuters

11/22/2013: USCIS Customer Service Tools Outage ALERT

USCIS will conduct system maintenance from 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday, November 23 through 6:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, November 24. During this time, our online tools will be unavailable, including: Check My Case Status, e-Request, e-Filing, Change of Address Online, Check Processing Times and Civil Surgeon Locator.

11/22/2013: Guidance to USCIS Offices on Handling Certain Family-Based Automatic Conversion and Priority Date Retention Requests

This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance for properly assigning priority dates in those instances where a petitioner requests that the priority date from a separate, previously file petition, be applied to a later filed family-based second-preference "B" petition (F2B) or seeks adjustment of status in the F2B category, based upon an originally-filed family-based second-preference "A" petition (F2A) pursuant to Public Law 107-208, the Child Status Protection Act (CSPA). - USCIS

11/20/2013: USCIS I-130 Processing Times to Improve in Coming Month

In an email sent to stakeholders today, USCIS promised to speed up the adjudication of I-130 forms in the coming months. In fact, USCIS said the processing had already improved, with USCIS currently processing February 2013 petitions instead of October 2012, as published in most recent processing guidelines. By May of next year, USCIS expects to return to an average processing time of five months for these Forms.

11/19/2013: Obama Now Backs Piecemeal Approach on Immigration

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday a piecemeal approach to achieving a U.S. immigration overhaul in the U.S. Congress is acceptable to him if it is easier than gaining passage of one large legislative bill.

"If they want to chop that thing up in five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like," Obama said. - Reuters

11/17/2013: Can Obama Legalize 11 Million Immigrants on His Own?

It's now looking extremely unlikely that Congress will enact immigration reform this year. And that raises a question: Could President Obama use his executive powers to effectively legalize some of the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States?

So what could Obama actually do for illegal immigrants on his own? A bit, though probably not as much as Rubio suggested. In 2012, the administration was able to stop the deportation of hundreds of thousands of undocumented young adults under a deferred-action program. Obama could, in theory, expand that program somewhat, allowing even more current immigrants to work legally in the United States without fear of getting deported. - Washington Post

11/15/2013: Immigration Relief Measures Related to Typhoon Haiyan

In light of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (named "Yolanda" by Philippine authorities), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would like to remind Filipino nationals that they may be eligible for certain immigration relief measures if requested. USCIS understands that a natural disaster can affect an individual's ability to establish or maintain lawful immigration status in the United States. Therefore, Filipino nationals impacted by Typhoon Haiyan may be eligible to benefit from the following immigration relief measures. - USCIS

11/11/2013: Immigration Vote Unlikely This Year, Lawmaker Says

A top Republican lawmaker told protesters he met with in his home district in California this week that the House of Representatives would not have time this year to vote on any immigration measure. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, told demonstrators in his office in Bakersfield on Wednesday night that the 16 days remaining on the House calendar in 2013 were too short a window for the House to take up the complex issue. But he said he was committed to moving on immigration votes in the House next year. - NY Times

11/08/2013: Visa Bulletin Predictions for Early 2014

In the December 2013 Visa Bulletin, the Department of State published their predictions of cutoff date movement for the coming months. India EB2 and EB3 are expected to see no forward movement while the other employment-based categories may advance by a few weeks. See this page for details.

11/08/2013: December 2013 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for December 2013. The table below shows cut-off date movement from the previous month, for all major employment-based categories. For more information please refer to our Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date Movement (Days)
China Second (EB2) 31
India Second (EB2) -1308
ROW Third (EB3) 365
China Third (EB3) 365
India Third (EB3) 21
Mexico Third (EB3) 365
Philippines Third (EB3) 24

"The India Employment Second and Third preference category cut-off dates were advanced very rapidly at the end of fiscal year 2013. Those movements were based strictly on the availability of thousands of "otherwise unused" numbers which could be made available without regard to the preference per-country annual limits. The movements have resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand received in recent months. This has required the retrogression of those cut-off dates for December in an effort to hold number use within the numerical limits. - DOS"

11/07/2013: Immigration Reform: The Politics of the Possible

Coming out of the 2012 election, comprehensive immigration reform seemed inevitable. The political power of the growing Latino population combined with a newly elected, popular president making reform his top legislative priority seemed like a recipe for fast action.

Unfortunately, comprehensive reform has not made it to the president's desk for a number of political and policy-related reasons. Now, advocates for reform are wondering if the window for legislative action that opens between election cycles has closed. While the government shutdown and looming deadlines for another fiscal crisis are impeding passage this year, there is still an opportunity to make it happen in this Congress. - CSMonitor

11/04/2013: USCIS Pending I-485 Inventory Released

USCIS published the pending I-485 inventory with data as of 10/01/2013. Our Green Card Tracker has been updated with the new data. To learn more, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

11/04/2013: Rubio Switches Strategy on Immigration

Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio is backing off his push for comprehensive immigration reform, opting instead to pursue a piecemeal approach favored by House Republican leaders. Rubio was a key player on the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" that conceived, wrote and sold a Senate bill aimed at tightening border security, revamping the nation's visa program and providing a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. - Florida Today

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