December 2013 Visa Bulletin Now Available

November 11, 2013
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Department of State has released the December 2013 Visa Bulletin. Following summary highlights relevant changes for Visatopia clients: For EB1, all priority dates remain current. For EB2 (including National Interest Waiver), all priority dates except China-mainland born and India remain current. Priority date for China-mainland born moved up 1 month to 11/8/2008. However, priority date.. read more →

Department of State Releases Statistics on Nonimmigrant Visas Issued From FY2008 to 2012

November 5, 2013
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Department of State has released statistics on nonimmigrant visas issued from fiscal year 2008 to 2012. The overall demand for U.S. nonimmigrant visa has increased significantly from 2008 to 2012 by more than 35%. In 2008, the Department of State issued over 6.6 million nonimmigrant visas. In 2012, the Department of State issued more than.. read more →

November Visa Bulletin Now Available

October 11, 2013
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November 2013 visa bulletin is now available. F2A category priority date for spouse and children of permanent residents remain the same on September 8, 2013 for most countries and September 1, 2013 for Mexico. Other family based categories moved up slightly. For employment-based categories, EB2 remains current for most countries except China and India. China’s.. read more →

Federal Government Partially Shuts Down on October 1, 2013.

October 1, 2013
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The federal government will be partially closed starting today (October 1, 2013) until the Congress can pass the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year (federal government fiscal year starts on October 1). This means that all “non-essential” government employees will be furloughed until the Congress can agree on the new budget. Below are some details.. read more →

Driver’s Licenses for California’s Undocumented Immigrants May Soon Be Available

September 26, 2013
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Undocumented immigrants living in California may soon obtain their driver’s licenses. On September 13, 2013, California State Legislature passed a bill (AB60) which will allow undocumented immigrants to apply for California driver’s licenses. The bill is awaiting Governor Brown’s signature, and he has indicated that he will sign the bill into law, which will become.. read more →

Visa for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents No Longer Current in October!

September 10, 2013
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October visa bulletin is now available. Starting October, F2A visa category for spouses and children of permanent residents will no longer be current. The priority date for the F2A category will retrogress to September 8, 2013, except for Mexico (September 1, 2013). We encourage anyone who is considering this visa category to submit their permanent.. read more →

Visa for Spouses and Children of Permanent Residents Becomes Current in August!

July 10, 2013
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The August visa bulletin has great news for spouses and children of permanent residents. Family-sponsored 2A category visa will become current on August 1, 2013. Spouses and children of permanent residents (green card holders) should start preparing their I-485 now. This includes those who already have their I-130 petition approved or whose I-130 petitions are.. read more →

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA and USCIS Quickly Approves Immigration Petition for Florida Same-Sex Couple

July 6, 2013
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On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court held that a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional under the equal protection clause. Previously, the federal law under DOMA did not recognize same-sex marriages even if it was validly performed in a state that recognized such marriages. Under this landmark ruling,.. read more →

California Adopts a Broader Targeted Employment Area (TEA) Designation Policy Effective May 1, 2013.

June 17, 2013
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California has adopted a broader Targeted Employment Area (TEA) certification designation policy effective May 1, 2013. Generally, an immigrant investor must invest at least $1,000,000 in capital to qualify under the EB-5 Program. INA § 203(b)(5)(C). However, an EB-5 investor can qualify for the program with $500,000 in investment capital if the investor invests in.. read more →

Employers Must Switch to the New Form I-9 by May 7, 2013

May 4, 2013
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Employers should start using the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 that was released on March 8, 2013.  Beginning May 7, 2013, all employers must only use the revised Form I-9 (revision 03/08/13) for new hires.  Previous versions of the Form I-9 must not be used after May 6, 2013.  All previous versions will no longer be.. read more →