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  1. MONTHLY VISA BULLETIN PROJECTIONS: PHILS EB-3 TO ADVANCE INTO 2014

    by , 02-22-2017 at 10:51 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin guru, Charlie Oppenheim, hosts monthly meetings with the American Immigration lawyers Association. Charlie Oppenheim is the Department of State’s Chief of the Control and Reporting Division. He is the officer who is responsible for producing the Visa Bulletin each month. This month’s Check In With Charlie featured predictions about EB2 and EB3 in most of the popular categories for readers of this Blog. Here are some of this month’s highlights:

    Philippine EB-3As with last month, Charlie again offered his most optimistic predictions for this category. He said that he expects predicts future advancement at a pace of “up to six months.” He expects that the Philippine EB-3 date should quickly move through 2012 and 2013, and quickly move into 2014. This is consistent with internal MU Law analysis, which sees this category progressing at least into 2013 by the summer of 2017.

    India EB-2 – Charlie hopes that the India EB-2 category can progress at a pace of “up to one month.” He cautions that an increase in EB-3 upgrades could slow the progression of India EB-2.

    India EB-3 – There was no specific comment by Charlie. Mu Law expects that India EB-3 will progress at about the same 1-2 week rate as it has in prior months. The India EB-3 date may stall/stop in the summer of 2017, as the full allotment of numbers gets used. It will then recommence in October. This is normal. It happens every year. Read our FAQ on why the Visa Bulletin progression stops in August and September.

    Worldwide EB-2 and EB-3 – EB-2 will remain current for the foreseeable future. Worldwide EB-3 will continue to move ahead steadily and be effectively current.

    China EB-2 and EB-3 – These categories are the most difficult to predict because of the upgrade/downgrade phenomenon of EB-2 and EB-3. At present China EB-3 is 15 months ahead of EB-2.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. SEN. HATCH OFFERING BILL TO INCREASE H-1B CAP

    by , 02-17-2017 at 11:08 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    Computerworld is reporting that Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is preparing an H-1B bill, which could raise the H-1B cap as high as 195,000 visas. The current H-1B cap ceiling is 85,000, of which 20,000 are reserved for graduates of at least a US Master’s degree program.

    Sen. Hatch’s bill
    reportedly is an update of his 2015 I-Squared Bill. The I-Squared bill was first offered in 2013. The 2015 bill contained many excellent provisions for the IT industry and H-1B employers. It remains to be seen which of these provisions will be in the 2017 version of the bill. Sen. Hatch is to be applauded for his long-standing belief in the employment-based immigration system and the contributions made by employment-based visa holders.

    The 2015 bill included these provisions:

    -provided H-4 spousal work authorization.
    -reduced the ability of the USCIS to issue harassing H-1B RFEs.
    -gave an H-1B worker a 60 day grace period at the conclusion of H-1B status.
    -allowed H-1B, L-1, O-1, E-1, E-2, and P-1 visa holders the ability to have their visas extended in the US.
    -increased green card numbers.
    -eliminated the per-country immigrant visa quota.
    -created funding for US training programs in STEM fields by increasing USCIS filing fees.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    Updated 02-17-2017 at 12:59 PM by CMusillo

  3. PRES. TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS: FACT OR FICTION

    by , 02-13-2017 at 10:38 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Maria Schneider

    There are a lot of rumors surrounding President Trump's Executive Orders. Below is MU Law's list of Facts and Fictions. Please note that this list is as of this morning, but that things are changing quickly.

    FACT: In late January, President Trump issued an Executive Order banning entry to the US for individuals from Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya. The travel ban included all individuals from the seven listed countries holding a US visa, but did not include green card holders or dual nationals.

    FICTION: President Trump is planning to add countries to the list in the travel ban. On February 3, 2017, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued a statement indicating the US Department of State had contacted AILA and said that there was no plan to add to the list of banned countries.

    FACT: On Friday, February 3, 2017, a Federal Judge in the state of Washington issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) stopping the enforcement of the travel ban. The US Department of State reinstated previously cancelled visas allowing individuals from the banned countries to travel to the US.

    FICTION: The travel ban has been struck down and will not be reinstated. The TRO issued by the Judge is temporary and lasts only while the case against the travel ban is going through the court system. Many Federal Judges have been issuing rulings on the travel ban and these rulings conflict with each other. I
    t is unknown whether the case will go before the US Supreme Court or whether the President will issue a revised Executive Order.

    FACT: President Trump may change the way the H-1B cap cases are allocated. The President, by Executive Order, can change the manner in which the H-1B cap works from a straight lottery to a preference system. Should this change take place, it is likely that the preference system would favor those with advanced degrees, higher wages, and shortage skills.

    FICTION: President Trump is planning to or has already eliminated H-1Bs visas. The President, on his own, cannot cancel the H-1B visa program. H-1Bs were created by an Act of Congress and it would take an Act of Congress to cancel H-1Bs completely.

    FACT: There will likely be greater requirements for H-1B employers. Most recent proposals from Congressional Representatives and from the President include additional burdens and restrictions on H-1B employers. These restrictions include: paying higher wages to H-1B employees, documenting the employer has tried to recruit US workers before filing the H-1B, more site visits, and expansion of e-verify.

    FICTION: President Trump has eliminated the H-4 EAD. The H-4 EAD program was created in a regulation. At this time, the President has made no formal indication that he plans to rescind the H-4 EAD regulations.

    FACT: President Trump may be planning to cancel DACA, the program allowing undocumented immigrants, brought to the US as children, to obtain a stay of deportation and work authorization. DACA was created by an Executive Order of President Obama. A draft Executive Order of President Trump eliminating DACA has been circulated. At this time, DACA remains in effect.

    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

    Updated 02-14-2017 at 09:32 AM by CMusillo

  4. MARCH 2017 VISA BULLETIN: DETAILED ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS

    by , 02-09-2017 at 03:53 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the March 2017 Visa Bulletin. This is the sixth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2017. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.


    March 2017 Visa Bulletin


    Final Action Dates

    Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card).


    Employ-
    ment
    based
    All Charge-
    ability
    Areas Except
    Those Listed
    CHINA-
    mainland
    born
    INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
    1st C C C C C
    2nd C 15DEC12 01JUN08 C C
    3rd 01DEC16 15MAR14 22MAR05 01DEC16 15MAR12



    MU Law Analysis

    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 progression continues, moving an additional two months. Consular processed EB-3 are effectively current.

    China: The China EB-2 date again moved up one month. The China EB-3 date progressed nearly six months! The China EB-3 continues to have a more favorable date than EB-2, as a result of many Chinese EB-3 workers "upgrading" their applications to EB-2.

    India: EB-2 India moved up about 6 weeks, while EB-3 India stayed the same, unfortunately.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.

    Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead by nearly six more months. The Philippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all 2010 and 2011 EB-3 visas in less than 6 months months. This is what we have expected. (Our note from September 2016: "This is consistent with internal MU Law analysis which sees this category progressing into 2013 by the Summer of 2017.").


    ____


    The Visa Bulletin also included projections for the next several months of Visa Bulletins.

    EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

    EB-1: The category will remain “Current”.
    China and India: A Final Action Date is likely to be imposed by August.
    (MU Law note: this is not unusual and happens most years. This should not concern anyone.)

    EB-2:
    Worldwide: Current
    China: Up to five weeks.
    India: Up to one month.

    EB-3:
    Worldwide: Up to three months.
    China: Up to six months.
    India: Extremely limited forward movement.
    Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date.
    Philippines: Up to six months.

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  5. TRUMP BAN LIFTED TEMPORARILY

    by , 02-05-2017 at 11:46 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    Over the weekend a federal court in the State of Washington stopped President Trump’s three part ban on immigration of certain nationals. This Judge’s Temporary Restraining Order was affirmed by an appellate court shortly thereafter.

    Because this TRO is temporary, MU Law urges all nationals in the three classes listed below immediately to attempt to enter the United States. The TRO could be rescinded at any time. If the TRO is rescinded, the ban will go back into effect, in part or in whole.

    The three classes of individuals impacted by the ban:


    • Barring nationals of seven countries from entering the US for 90 days. The seven countries are: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen. These nationals are barred regardless of whether they have cleared background checks and hold valid nonimmigrant (temporary) or immigrant (permanent) visas.



    • Suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. This provision also says that once the 120 day period has ended, that the US government must prioritize refugee claims “made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.” Since Islam is the majority religion in many countries, this provision appears aimed at prioritizing Christians’ refugee claims, which President Trump has stated is one of his goals.



    • Permanent suspension of all Syrian refugees until such time as President Trump sees fit to lift the permanent ban on Syrians.


    Please read the Musillo Unkenholt Healthcare and Immigration Law Blog at www.musillo.com and www.ilw.com. You can also visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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