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07/20/2020: August 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for August 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Other than India EB2, all other categories will advance significantly for August.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 2019-04-01 351
China EB1 2018-02-08 170
China EB2 2016-01-15 68
China EB3 2017-02-15 238
India EB1 2018-02-08 276
India EB2 2009-07-08 0
India EB3 2009-10-01 122

07/14/2020: U.S. abruptly drops new visa rules for international students

Facing widespread opposition led by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the federal government on Tuesday abruptly dropped its plans to deport or deny entry to international students at U.S. colleges and universities offering virtual instruction only this fall. - Harvard

07/06/2020: SEVP modifies temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online courses during fall 2020 semester

Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States. Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings. - SEVP

06/23/2020: This is who’s blocked from coming to the US under Trump’s latest visa ban

The Migration Policy Institute estimates some 167,000 temporary workers will be kept out of the United States as a result of these new restrictions, which take effect on Wednesday.Here’s a look at what kind of jobs are included in Trump’s proclamation, and how many people could be affected in each visa category. - Mercury News

  • H-1B
  • H-2B
  • J-1
  • L-1

06/16/2020: July 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for July 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 2018-04-15 158
China EB1 2017-08-22 7
China EB2 2015-11-08 7
China EB3 2016-06-22 7
India EB1 2017-05-08 334
India EB2 2009-07-08 26
India EB3 2009-06-01 61

DOS also warned about high demand for MEXICO E4 and SR: There continues to be high demand in these categories which will result in the Mexico E4 per-country limit being reached during July. Therefore, readers should expect the retrogression of the August E4 and SR Final Action Dates for Mexico. This action will allow the Department to hold worldwide number use within the maximum allowed under the FY-2020 annual limits.

06/16/2020: USCIS Will No Longer Send Federal Register Announcements to Subscriber List

As of June 17, 2020, USCIS will no longer send Federal Register announcements to their subscriber list. The Federal Register has added email notifications to their own tools for sharing documents. The Federal Register’s notification tools include: email subscription, RSS feeds, Twitter, and Facebook. The Federal Register webpage explains how to subscribe to notifications quickly and easily. You can create your own custom notifications by subscribing to specific search results, including USCIS or immigration.

05/29/2020: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.

05/20/2020: June 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

After a significant delay, the Department of State finally released the Visa Bulletin for June 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 2017-11-08 311
China EB1 2017-08-15 31
China EB2 2015-11-01 31
China EB3 2016-6-15 31
India EB1 2016-06-08 312
India EB2 2009-06-12 10
India EB3 2009-04-01 31

05/06/2020: Military Personnel and Veterans Can Now File Their Form N-400 Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that U.S. service members and veterans can now file Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, online.

Those currently serving or who have served in the armed forces may be eligible to apply for naturalization under special provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Under these special provisions, the naturalization application fee is waived for military members and veterans, as are some of the requirements. Until now, U.S. service members and veterans filed a paper Form N-400. Provisions of the law extend some immigration benefits to the family member of a service member. Please see our website for additional information.

04/24/2020: USCIS Preparing to Reopen on June 4th

On March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services temporarily suspended in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices, and application support centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). USCIS is readying offices to re-open in compliance with local and state orders, on or after June 4. Employees in these offices are continuing to perform mission-essential services that do not require face-to-face contact with the public while the offices are temporarily closed. During this time, individuals may still submit applications and petitions to USCIS. Online filing remains the most convenient and interactive way to submit forms, check the status of your case, and receive notices.

04/24/2020: May 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

After a significant delay, the Department of State finally released the Visa Bulletin for May 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 C C
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 2017-01-01 0
China EB1 2017-07-15 37
China EB2 2015-10-01 30
China EB3 2016-05-15 30
India EB1 2015-08-01 92
India EB2 2009-06-02 8
India EB3 2009-03-01 38

04/24/2020: USCIS Updates Policy on False Claims of U.S. Citizenship

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced it is updating its Policy Manual to align with the Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) precedent decision in Matter of Zhang. Decided in June 2019, the BIA held in this decision that false claims of U.S. citizenship do not need to be knowingly made to make an alien deportable under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Policy Manual also applies the BIA’s decision to the false claim to U.S. citizenship ground of inadmissibility, as it is virtually identical to the ground of deportability.

04/21/2020: Halting of Immigration and Upcoming May 2020 Visa Bulletin

As you may have noticed, the May Visa Bulletin is severely delayed. We believe this is the result of the upcoming Executive Order that's going to pause immigration for 60 days. There is indication that President Trump may sign the EO as soon as tomorrow (Wednesday), and the Visa Bulletin should be released shortly after that. However, given the "pause," most, if not all, categories will probably become Unavailable.

04/21/2020: Trump immigration ban halts green cards, not temporary visas

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will be placing a 60-day pause on the issuance of certain immigration green cards in an effort to limit competition for jobs in a U.S. economy wrecked by the coronavirus.

Trump said that the move would not impact those in the country on a temporary basis and would apply only to those looking for green cards in hopes of staying. - CNBC

04/13/2020: USCIS Delay in Data Entry and Receipt Notice Generation for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that petitioners should expect a delay in data entry and receipt notice generation for fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap-subject petitions until at least May 1, 2020, due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Beginning with the first day of filing, April 1, 2020, we will not immediately enter data for FY 2021 cap-subject petitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and required health and safety protocols. Data entry and notice generation will be delayed until at least May 1, 2020.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Generally, nonimmigrants must depart the United States before their authorized period of admission expires. However, USCIS is now offering certain relief for people who cannot timely depart or file an extension. Stay tuned for more details.

04/13/2020: COVID-19 Delays in Extension/Change of Status Filings

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that there are immigration-related challenges as a direct result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Generally, nonimmigrants must depart the United States before their authorized period of admission expires. However, USCIS is now offering certain relief for people who cannot timely depart or file an extension. Stay tuned for more details.

03/30/2020: USCIS Expands Flexibility for Responding to USCIS Requests

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it adopted measures to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to certain Requests for Evidence (RFE) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOID). This alert clarifies that this flexibility also applies to certain Notices of Intent to Revoke (NOIR) and Notices of Intent to Terminate (NOIT) regional investment centers, as well as certain filing date requirements for Form I-290B, Notice of Appeal or Motion. - USCIS

03/27/2020: Immigration System Slowdown Keeps Some Doctors From Coronavirus Front Lines

One in four doctors in the U.S. is an immigrant. Thousands of them arrive every year to train in the U.S., and stay to work on temporary visas. Many of them, like Nagarajan, want to be on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. - NPR

03/17/2020: USCIS Temporarily Closing Offices to the Public March 18-April 1

Effective March 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is suspending in-person services at its field offices, asylum offices and Application Support Centers (ASCs) to help slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This suspension of services will be effective until at least April 1. In the meantime, USCIS will provide limited emergency services. Please call the Contact Center for assistance with emergency services.

USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by this closure. USCIS asylum offices will send interview cancellation notices and automatically reschedule asylum interviews. When the interview is rescheduled, asylum applicants will receive a new interview notice with the new time, date and location of the interview. When USCIS again resumes normal operations, USCIS will automatically reschedule ASC appointments due to the office closure. You will receive a new appointment letter in the mail. Individuals who had InfoPass or other appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are open to the public again. Please check to see if your field office has been reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.

03/17/2020: USCIS Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

If you become ill for any reason, regardless of whether you were exposed to COVID-19, you should not come to appointments at any USCIS office. Please follow the instructions on your appointment notice to reschedule your appointment or interview, if you:

  • Have traveled internationally to any country outside the U.S. within 14 days of your appointment;
  • Believe that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 (even if you have not travelled internationally);
  • Are experiencing flu-like symptoms (such as a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat or fever) or otherwise feel ill.

USCIS will help you reschedule your appointment without penalty. Please visit this page for more information: If You Feel Sick, please consider canceling and rescheduling your USCIS appointment.

03/13/2020: April 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for April 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 2019-06-01 92
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 2017-01-01 0
China EB1 2017-06-08 7
China EB2 2015-09-01 17
China EB3 2016-04-15 24
India EB1 2015-05-01 61
India EB2 2009-05-25 3
India EB3 2009-01-22 7

Read our blog analysis of April 2020 Visa Bulletin.

03/09/2020: Coronavirus: Italy death toll soars amid travel ban

The number of people to have died from the coronavirus in Italy has shot up by 133 in a day to 366, officials say. The total number of infections leapt 25% to 7,375 from 5,883, according to the Civil Protection agency.

Up to 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 provinces need special permission to travel under new quarantine rules. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte also announced the closure of schools, gyms, museums, nightclubs and other venues across the whole country. The restrictions will last until 3 April. - BBC

02/28/2020: Initial H-1B Registration Period Opens at Noon Eastern on March 1

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that the initial registration period for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 H-1B cap will open at noon Eastern on March 1 and run through noon Eastern on March 20. During this period, prospective petitioners and representatives will be able to fill out prospective petitioner and beneficiary information and submit their registrations.

A confirmation number will be assigned to each registration submitted for the FY 2021 H-1B cap. This number is used solely to track registrations; you cannot use this number to track your case status in Case Status Online.

02/26/2020: USCIS Clarifies Effect of Breaks in Continuity of Residence on Eligibility for Naturalization

This update clarifies the following requirements for naturalization:

  • An applicant who has been absent from the United States for more than six months but less than a year must overcome the presumption that they have broken the continuity of their residence in the United States; and
  • An applicant who has broken the continuity of residence in the United States must establish a new period of continuous residence, the length of which depends on the basis for naturalizing. - USCIS

02/25/2020: Supreme Court Hears Two Immigration-Related Cases

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that asked whether a law that criminalizes the act of encouraging or inducing illegal immigration for commercial advantage is unconstitutional. - NPR

02/20/2020: Immigrants Flock To Canada, While U.S. Declines

Canada has announced plans to increase the number of immigrants it accepts each year. “To further ease the challenges of a shrinking labor force and an aging population, our new multi-year immigration levels plan sets out the highest levels of permanent residents that Canada will welcome in recent history,” according to Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen. By 2021, Canada is expected to increase legal immigration to 350,000 a year, a rise of 78,165, or 29%, from the 2015 level of 271,835. - Forbes

02/18/2020: March 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for March 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 2019-03-01 90
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 2017-01-01 -1155
China EB1 2017-06-01 10
China EB2 2015-08-15 31
China EB3 2016-03-22 81
India EB1 2015-03-01 59
India EB2 2009-05-22 3
India EB3 2009-01-15 7

02/10/2020: Justice Department files lawsuits over immigration ‘sanctuary’ policies

The Justice Department ratcheted up legal pressure Monday on local governments over “sanctuary” policies that hinder federal immigration officers, bringing two new lawsuits and launching a coordinated messaging campaign to highlight an election-year priority of President Trump.

Declaring that law enforcement officers are being “put in harm’s way by these ideologically driven policies,” Atty. Gen. William Barr said the Trump administration is suing the state of New Jersey and the county that is home to Seattle over immigration policies that offer protections to immigrants in the U.S. illegally. - LA Times

02/07/2020: USCIS Invitation: Overview of the H-1B Electronic Registration Process: A Webinar for Attorneys and Representatives, 2/12/2020

USCIS invites attorneys and representatives to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern, in addition to the previously scheduled webinar on Tuesday, Feb. 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During this webinar, USCIS representatives will provide an instructional overview of the new H-1B electronic registration process in myUSCIS for attorneys and representatives. Another webinar specifically tailored for registrants will be held on Monday, Feb. 10.

02/05/2020: USCIS Temporarily Closing Offices in China due to CoronaVirus Outbreak

"According to U.S. Department of State guidance, USCIS is temporarily closing its field offices in Beijing and Guangzhou. We will reschedule all affected appointments and will send new appointment notices to applicants. Check our Beijing and Guangzhou webpages for updates on the status of these offices." - USCIS

02/04/2020: DHS Issues Supplemental Instructions For Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China

To protect the American people from exposure to the coronavirus, on Sunday, February 2, 2020, the Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued instructions supplementing a decision issued on January 31, 2020, and directed all flights from China and all passengers who have traveled to China within the last 14 days to be routed through one of eight U.S. airports, effective Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, for flights departing after 5:00 PM Eastern. Three additional airports will be added to the list of airports authorized to receive such flights beginning at various times on Monday, February 3, 2020. At these eleven airports, the United States Government has established enhanced screening procedures and the capacity to quarantine passengers, if needed. - DHS

02/04/2020: If You Feel Sick, Please Consider Canceling and Rescheduling Your USCIS Appointment

"USCIS wants to ensure the safety of those whom we serve and our employees. Please do not visit a USCIS office if you are sick or start to feel symptoms of being sick. We will help you reschedule your appointment, without penalty, when you are better. If you have an illness or are exhibiting symptoms, we recommend you cancel and reschedule your USCIS appointment." - USCIS

02/02/2020: USCIS Updates Process for Accepting Petitions for Relatives Abroad

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced that, as part of the adjustment of its international footprint to increase efficiencies, Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, will only be processed domestically by USCIS or internationally by the Department of State in certain circumstances beginning Feb 1, 2020.

DOS will assume responsibility for certain services previously provided at USCIS international offices, services that DOS already provide in countries where USCIS does not have a presence. Eligible active-duty service members assigned overseas will file their Form I-130 locally with DOS, as will certain non-military petitioners who meet specific criteria for consular processing. - USCIS

01/31/2020: Trump imposes travel restrictions, mandatory quarantines over coronavirus outbreak

The Trump administration on Friday declared the coronavirus a public health emergency in the United States, and announced that certain foreign nationals deemed to pose a risk of transmitting the disease will temporarily be denied entry the U.S. Some returning American citizens potentially at risk will be quarantined.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said that President Donald Trump signed an order for the U.S. to deny entry any foreign nationals who have traveled in China within the past two weeks, aside from the immediate family of U.S. citizens. - CNBC

01/31/2020: USCIS Announces Implementation of the Public Charge Inadmissibility Rule

“when determining whether an alien is likely to become a public charge at any time in the future, DHS will not consider an alien’s application for, certification or approval to receive, or receipt of certain non-cash public benefits before Feb. 24, 2020. For the public benefits condition for applications or petitions for extension of stay or change of status, DHS will only consider public benefits received on or after Feb. 24, 2020.”

01/29/2020: USCIS Adjusts Process for Managing EB-5 Visa Petition Inventory

“Changing our approach from a first-in, first-out adjudication process to one that prioritizes petitions connected to individuals from countries where visas are currently available better aligns the EB-5 program with congressional intent and makes it more consistent with other USCIS operations,” said USCIS Deputy Director Mark Koumans. “This new approach increases fairness, allowing qualified EB-5 petitioners from traditionally underrepresented countries to have their petitions approved in a more timely fashion to receive consideration for a visa.”

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Monday allowing the Trump administration to begin enforcing new limits on immigrants who are considered likely to become overly dependent on government benefit programs.

01/27/2020: BREAKING: Supreme Court allows Trump plan to deny green cards to those who might need gov't aid

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order Monday allowing the Trump administration to begin enforcing new limits on immigrants who are considered likely to become overly dependent on government benefit programs.

The Department of Homeland Security announced in August that it would expand the definition of "public charge," to be applied to people whose immigration to the U.S. could be denied because of a concern that they would primarily depend on the government for their income.. - NBC

01/24/2020: Overview of the H-1B Electronic Registration Process: A Webinar for Registrants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services invites you to participate in a webinar on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern. During this webinar, USCIS representatives will provide an instructional presentation of the new H-1B electronic registration process in myUSCIS for registrants. Another webinar specifically tailored for attorneys and representatives will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11. - USCIS

01/23/2020: Trump administration releases rule to restrict 'birth tourism'

The Trump administration on Thursday formally issued a rule allowing customs officials to deny entry to travelers whom they suspect are headed to the U.S. for the sole purpose of giving birth on American soil. A rule issued by the State Department marks the administration's first formal effort to cut down on the practice known as "birth tourism," which President Trump has heavily criticized and suggested should be a reason for ending birthright citizenship. - Guardian

01/23/2020: Coronavirus: panic and anger in Wuhan as China orders city into lockdown

A sense of panic has spread in the central Chinese city of Wuhan as the city of 11 million was put on lockdown in an attempt to quarantine a deadly virus believed to have originated there. On Thursday, authorities banned all transport links from the sprawling city, suspending buses, the subway system, ferries and shutting the airport and train stations to outgoing passengers. - Guardian

Chinese immigrants visiting families back home for the New Year may be stuck in the city for a while, and nobody knows when the lockdown might be lifted. Hopefully soon. Praying for WuHan!

01/22/2020: Trump administration to issue new visa restrictions aimed at curbing 'birth tourism'

The Trump administration is planning to introduce new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” whereby women travel to the U.S. to give birth so that their children automatically become U.S. citizens, according to officials.

The new rules would make it harder for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa. In one draft of the regulations, pregnant women would have to convince a consular officer that they have another legitimate reason to come to the U.S. before obtaining the visa. - Fox News

01/17/2020: February 2020 Visa Bulletin Released

The Department of State has released the Visa Bulletin for February 2020. 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 our unique Visa Bulletin Graphical Tracker, cutoff date predictions and more information please refer to the Visa Bulletin Toolbox.

Employment Based Key Categories - Final Action Dates and Movement from Previous Month:

Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days)
ROW EB1 2018-12-1 61
ROW EB2 C C
ROW EB3 C C
China EB1 2017-5-22 0
China EB2 2015-7-15 14
China EB3 2016-1-1 31
India EB1 2015-1-1 0
India EB2 2009-5-19 1
India EB3 2009-1-8 7

DOS Note 1: The final action date for the “Rest of World” Family Fourth preference (F4) had been advanced at a very rapid pace during the past two years to generate the required level of demand. The dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand currently being received has required the retrogression of that final action date for the month of February. This has been done in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limitation. It is likely that this date will remain in effect for at least the next several months.

DOS Note 2: Since October there has been a consistently high level of Employment-based demand, primarily for adjustment of status cases filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This trend is particularly apparent in the Employment Third and Third preference Other Worker categories. Unless there is a sudden and dramatic decrease in the level of such demand, it will be necessary to implement a “Rest of World” final action date for the month of March.

01/12/2020: Upcoming February 2020 Visa Bulletin

State Department is expected to release the February 2020 Visa Bulletin sometime this week. As soon as it's published, we will upload it to the Visa Bulletin page. If you're signed up for our free Visa Bulletin Alert, we will send you an email to let you know.

01/07/2020: U.S. collecting DNA samples from some migrants — including teens — in first stage of program

Border Patrol officers in the Detroit sector of the border with Canada and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at the Eagle Pass, Texas port of entry along the U.S.-Mexico frontier have been instructed to collect DNA from certain migrants. The samples are from cheek swabs. The biometric information would be used to create profiles in a massive national criminal database run by the FBI. - CBS.

01/03/2020: US State Department Travel Advisory: Do NOT Travel to Iraq

The Department of State issued a travel advisory on January 1, 2020, warning U.S. citizens against traveling to Iraq. In additon, DOS is also urging all U.S. citizens to depart Iraq immediately due to heightened tensions in the region. - DOS.

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