The Visa Bulletin for October was just released. It appears that retrogression will continue for the EB-2 NIW. While we are extremely disappointed that priority dates did not become current for the EB-2 category, the good news is that USCIS has designated the “Dates For Filing” chart to be used for October. Under the “Dates […]
About Jim Arkell
This author has not written his bio yet.
But we are proud to say that Jim Arkell contributed 56 entries already.
Entries by Jim Arkell
There were some important changes in the Visa Bulletin setting out August 2023 priority dates. EB-1 Update The main change in priority dates is the retrogression of the EB-1 category. The EB-1 category priority date of China remains unchanged at February 1, 2022, however, the priority date for India has retrogressed by over 10 years […]
USCIS to allow I-765 EAD with an approved I-140 due to I-485 Retrogression. USCIS just issued a Policy Alert that now allows for an I-765 EAD if the applicant has an approved I-140 even if the I-485 priority date is not current. This is an interesting development and that will allow certain individuals to continue […]
WHAT HAPPENED: USCIS announced today, June 12, 2023, that they will be expanding premium processing for applicants filing Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status, and requesting a change of status to F-1, F-2, M-1, M-2, J-1, or J-2 nonimmigrant status. USCIS will also make the online filing of Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing […]
USCIS just released the Visa Bulletin for April 2023. The Final Action Dates are to be used for the April Visa Bulletin. Under the Final Action Dates, the EB-2 priority dates for all countries have retrogressed. The EB-1 priority dates for China and India have once again retrogressed. The EB-2 priority dates for all countries […]
USCIS continues to implement new procedures that ensure increased efficiency. Beginning March 6th, USCIS will accept Form I-907 requests for certain F-1 students who already have a pending Form I-765 if they fall under one of the following categories: pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT); post-completion OPT; and 24-month extension of OPT for STEM students. Beginning […]
USCIS has just announced that it is implementing the final phase of the premium processing expansion for EB-2 NIW I-140 petitions. Effective January 30, 2023 a new NIW can be filed with premium processing. If you have a pending NIW petition you can request premium processing, regardless of when your case was filed. Until the […]
The recently released Visa Bulletin for January 2023 shows that the EB-1 priority date for Indian and Chinese nationals has retrogressed to June 1, 2022 based on the Dates of Filing. The priority dates for the EB-2 category remain unchanged with the priority date for India set at May 1, 2012, China July 8, 2019 […]
The recently released Visa Bulletin for December 2022 indicates that the EB-2 visa category will retrogress starting December 1, 2022. This means that concurrent filing will no longer be available for EB-2 based I-140 filings. The priority date under Dates of Filing is now December 1, 2022. The EB-2 priority dates for India and China […]
USCIS has again extended filing deadlines. The filing deadlines were extended until January 24, 2023. This means that there is an automatic extension of 60 days available to file a response to a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny, among other Notices and Requests issued between March 1, 2020 and January […]