Friday, January 17, 2020

February 2020 Visa Bulletin Analysis

For February 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-february-2020.aspx

Please see below analysis of February 2020 Visa Bulletin:

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F1+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+1 Month 7 Days+14 Days+2 Months 17 Days
F2ANo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo ChangeNo Change
F2B+14 Days+14 Days+14 Days+24 Days+3 Months
F3+7 Days+7 Days+7 Days+21 Days+4 Months
F4-7 Months-7 Months+14 Days+7 Days+4 Months
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F1+7 Days+7 Days+7 DaysNo Change+16 Days
F2A+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month+1 Month
F2B+14 Days+14 Days+14 Days+23 Days+1 Month
F3+7 Days+7 Days+7 DaysNo Change+2 Months
F4No ChangeNo Change+14 DaysNo Change+2 Months

February 2020 Visa Bulletin

For January 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-january-2020.aspx

For analysis of February 2020 Visa Bulletin, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-analysis-february-2020.aspx

February 2020 Visa Bulletin has been officially released (valid from February 1 to February 29 only). Please see below for more details.

Family Based:
Final Action Dates
Dates For Filing Applications
"Final Action Date" is the date when when USCIS/DOS may render their final decision on submitted applications. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 22AUG13
22AUG13 22AUG13 22AUG97 01APR09
F2A C C C C C
F2B 22AUG14 22AUG14 22AUG14 15SEP98 01MAY09
F3 22NOV07 22NOV07 22NOV07 22MAR96 01MAY99
F4 01JUL06 01JUL06 22NOV04 15JAN98 01JUL99
"Date for Filing Application" is the date when you can submit I-485/NVC applications to USCIS/DOS. Your priority date should be before this date.
Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability 
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland 
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 22MAR14 22MAR14 22MAR14 15NOV99 01OCT09
F2A 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19 01DEC19
F2B 22APR15 22APR15 22APR15 15MAY99 01NOV09
F3 22JUL08 22JUL08 22JUL08 15JUL00 01NOV99
F4 22JUL07 22JUL07 22JUL05 01JAN99 01JAN00

February 2020 Visa Bulletin Special Notes

For the official February 2020 Visa Bulletin and analysis, please click here: https://www.mygcvisa.com/visa-bulletin/2020/visa-bulletin-february-2020.aspx

Apart from posting current dates, State Department has also added special notes to Visa Bulletin mentioned above. Please see full details below:

D. RETROGRESSION OF THE "REST OF WORLD" FAMILY FOURTH PREFERENCE FINAL ACTION DATE

As reported in item E of the January Visa Bulletin (number 37), 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.

E. EMPLOYMENT-BASED THIRD AND THIRD OTHER WORKER VISA AVAILABILTY FOR MARCH

Since October there has been a consistently high level of Employment-based demand, primarily f

USCIS Announces Countries Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), have announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2020. The notice listing the eligible countries will be published in the Federal Register on Jan. 17, 2020.

For 2020, the acting secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Office of the Secretary of State, that the countries designated as eligib

Sunday, January 12, 2020

USCIS Formally Announces Implementation of Electronic H-1B Registration Process and the Registration Timeframe

On Jan. 9, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a Federal Register notice formally announcing the implementation of the H-1B registration process for fiscal year 2021 H1B cap-subject petitions. This notice is required for the initial implementation of the registration process, as stated in the Jan. 31, 2019, H-1B registration final rul

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Tools Outage

USCIS will conduct system maintenance to the Customer Relationship Interface System (CRIS) from Saturday, January 11 at 11:00 p.m. until Sunday, January 12 at 6:00 a.m. (EST).

During this timeframe, users may experience technical difficulties with one or more of the following online tools:

  • Check My Case Status
  • e-Request
  • Change of Address Online
  • Check Processing Times
  • Civil Surgeon Locator
  • Office Locator
  • File Online
  • myUSCIS Online Account

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting applications to adjust status to lawful permanent resident from certain Liberian nationals under Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF) for Fiscal Year 2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019.

To be eligible for permanent residence (a Green Card) under LRIF, a Liberian national must have been continuously physically present in the United States from Nov. 20, 2014, to the date they properly file an application for adjustment of status. USCIS will accept properly filed applications until Dec. 20, 202