USCIS Announces Major Changes to EB-5 Investor Visa Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is scheduled to publish a final rule tomorrow (07/24/2019) that will bring significant changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. This controversial, money-for-green-card program hasn’t seen a major revision since 1993. Starting Nov. 21, 2019: Minimum investment amounts will be raised from $1 million to $1.8 million, and adjusted … Read moreUSCIS Announces Major Changes to EB-5 Investor Visa Program

August 2019 Visa Bulletin Released – Many Categories Move Back by 3 Years

August 2019 Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State. The table below shows “Final Action” cut-off dates for major employment-based categories, as well as their movement from the previous month. To see all other categories, please visit our Visa Bulletin Toolbox. Chargeability Preference Cut-off Date (Y-M-D) Movement (Days) China Second (EB2) 2017-01-01 … Read moreAugust 2019 Visa Bulletin Released – Many Categories Move Back by 3 Years

Visa Bulletin Alert by Immigratoin Road

Just like you, we can’t wait to see the new visa bulletin each month. After all, it practically determines who can file for I-485 and who is eligible to receive their green card. So, starting from the 8th, we find ourselves constantly checking the Department of State’s website. However, we’ve been seeing the “Coming Soon” … Read moreVisa Bulletin Alert by Immigratoin Road

Visa Bulletin Predictions: February 2019

The Visa Office of the Department of State is responsible for publishing visa bulletins each month. Occasionally, the Visa Office also provides their predictions on cut-off date movement in the coming months. In the February, 2019 Visa Bulletin, DOS offered their predictions for monthly cutoff dates movement. This is what each category may potentially advance … Read moreVisa Bulletin Predictions: February 2019

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 moreUSCIS 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 moreVisa 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 moreMay 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 moreVisa 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 moreDecember 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 moreVisa 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 moreUSCIS 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 moreUSCIS I-485 Statistics – January to March, 2015