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VISA BULLETIN FROM DOS: THE MAY 2015 VISA BULLETIN IS OUT - IS YOUR PRIORITY DATE CURRENT?

The U.S. State Department (DOS) released the May 2015 Visa Bulletin. The major development in the May Visa Bulletin is a significant forward movement in EB-2 category for India and also for the EB-2 category for China. The EB-3 category for the Philippines moved back by seven (7) years and, as predicted, the EB-5 category forChina now has a cut-off date.

AAO TO EMPLOYERS: SUBMIT AN AMENDED H-1B IF MOVING AN H-1B EMPLOYEE "WITHIN OR OUTSIDE" THE MSA. By: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq. and Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.

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ANOTHER H-1B NONIMMIGRANT VISA LOTTERY IS LOOMING: NOW IS THE TIME TO START TO THINK ABOUT YOUR H-1B BACK-UP PLAN. By: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq. and Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.

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OCI CARDHOLDER: INDIA OFFERS MULTIPLE ENTRY & MULTI-PURPOSE LIFE-LONG VISA TO ITS OVERSEAS CITIZENS. by Michael Phulwani, Esq., David H. Nachman, Esq., and Rabindra K. Singh, Esq.

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CHECKING THE APRIL 2015 VISA BULLETIN: IS MY PRIORITY DATE CURRENT? DOS VISA BULLETIN FOR APRIL AND PREDICTIONS FOR THE MONTHS TO COME BY CHARLES OPPENHEIM.

An End to the China EB-2 to EB-3 Downgrade Phenomenon (at least for FY2015). In April 2015, the EB-3 China cut-off date (currently October 22, 2011) will retrogress more than nine months to January 1, 2011. As a result, EB-3 China will return to its more "natural" position and will be three months earlier than EB-2 China (April 1, 2011). This will effectively end the EB-3 downgrade phenomenon. For months, the cut-off date for EB-3 China has been later than EB-2 China due to insufficient EB-3 demand. As a result, EB-2 China beneficiaries filed EB-3 I-140 petitions in an attempt to take advantage of the earlier EB-3 cut-off date. This surge in demand required a correction to EB-3 China, resulting more than nine months of retrogression.

CÓMO SOLICITAR A SU EMPLEADOR QUE PRESENTE UNA VISA H-1B PARA USTED SI SE ENCUENTRA EN FORMACIÓN PRÁCTICA OPCIONAL (OPT) O EN UNA EXTENSION DE OPT STEM.

Estamos en medio de la temporada de H-1B. Si usted todavía no ha comenzado a preparar la visa H-1B para su presentación el 1ero de Abril, no se desespere. No es demasiado tarde. Tomará alrededor de una semana más o menos para enviar y recibir una aprobación para la Solicitud de Condición Laboral (LCA - Formulario 9035) del Departamento de Trabajo (DOL), pero todavía hay tiempo. La cosa más importante que hacer ahora es pedir inmediatamente a su empleador el presentar una petición H-1B en su nombre.

HOW TO ASK YOUR EMPLOYER ABOUT DOING AN H-1B FOR YOU IF YOU ARE IN OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT) OR ON A STEM OPT EXTENSION. BY: Michael Phulwani, Esq., David Nachman, Esq. and Rabindra Singh, Esq.

We are in the midst of the H-1B season. If you have not yet begun to prepare the H-1B for the April 1st filing date, do not despair. It is not too late. It will take about a week or so to submit and receive an approval for the Labor Condition Application (LCA - Form 9035) from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) but there is still time. The most important thing to do now is to immediately ask your employer to submit an H-1B Petition on your behalf.

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence.

Release Date: February 24, 2015

WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR SOME H-4 DEPENDENT SPOUSES

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS amended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.

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