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USCIS Customer Service Phone Menu – Updated May 3, 2018

USCIS National Customer Service Center provides a toll-free phone number (1-800-375-5283) for customers to call and obtain a wide range of information. The Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system is designed to not only provide general immigration information, but also handle application status or other case-specific questions. Callers will also have an option to speak directly Read more about USCIS Customer Service Phone Menu – Updated May 3, 2018[…]

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[…]

Visa Number Use by Category – USCIS vs DOS – FY2015

The Department of State (DOS) published data on the consumption of immigrant visa numbers by preference category. Each visa number represents a green card, or permanent residence, granted to an applicant. The data are also separated into two groups: The ones issued by DOS to applicants outside the United States, and ones issued by USCIS Read more about Visa Number Use by Category – USCIS vs DOS – FY2015[…]

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[…]

USCIS Transformation Program: One Billion Over Budget, Four Years Behind Schedule

Remember the transformation program USCIS launched years ago to convert their paper filing system to electronic filing? Well, after 10 years and billions of dollars, it is far from done. The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a report detailing their progress, and it isn’t pretty: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) currently expects Read more about USCIS Transformation Program: One Billion Over Budget, Four Years Behind Schedule[…]

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[…]

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[…]