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  1. CHECKING IN ON THE VISA BULLETIN

    by , 04-20-2018 at 09:35 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, which are the most popular categories for readers of this Blog. Here are some of this month’s highlights:

    Categories in which final action dates will remain the same include-
    EB-1 China and India;
    EB-2 India;
    EB-3 China and Philippines;
    EB-4 El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and
    EB-5 China.

    Categories with modest advancements-
    EB-2 China will move forward one month to September 1, 2014;
    EB-3 India will advance three months to May 1, 2008;
    EB-3 Other Workers China and India will advance one and three months respectively, to May 1, 2007 and May 1, 2008; and
    EB-4 Mexico will advance roughly five weeks to October 22, 2016.

    It is likely that most employment-based final action dates will hold at their May dates for the month of June with some changes possible in July. What occurs is entirely dependent on demand that may materialize, and continuing consultations with USCIS. The wildcard this year that could cause unanticipated fluctuations in the final action dates is the pace of USCIS field office processing of I-485s.

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  2. USCIS RECEIVES 190,000 H-1B CAP PETITIONS

    by , 04-13-2018 at 08:25 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    USCIS announced that it received 190,098 petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption (compared to the 199,000 H-1B petitions received during the FY2018 filing period).

    USCIS is in the process of running the H-1B lottery and notifying H-1B cap winners. Petitioners should expect about 44% of their H-1B cap filings to be H-1B cap winners. Based on prior years, we will receive H-1B lottery winner receipts throughout April and May. After that we will receive the H-1B lottery loser petitions. Traditionally if you do not receive a winner receipt notice by June 1, you have probably lost the H-1B lottery.

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  3. MAY 2018 VISA BULLETIN: NEWS AND ANALYSIS

    by , 04-12-2018 at 10:06 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the May 2018 Visa Bulletin. This is the eighth Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2018. This blog post analyzes this month's Visa Bulletin.

    May 2018 Visa Bulletin

    Table A: Final Action Dates -- Applications with these dates may be approved for their Green Card (Permanent Residency card) or Immigrant Visa appointment.


    EB

    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    01JAN12
    01JAN12
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01SEP14
    22DEC08
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    01JUN15
    01MAY08
    C

    01JAN17

    Table B: Dates for Filing -- The DOS may work on applications with these dates. But the Visa cannot be approved until the date is current per Table A.


    EB


    Class
    All Other
    CHINA
    INDIA
    MEXICO
    PHIL'PNES
    EB-1
    C
    C
    C
    C
    C
    EB-2
    C
    01FEB15
    01APR09
    C
    C
    EB-3
    C
    01JAN16
    01SEP08
    C

    01JUL17

    MU Law Analysis (all references are to Table A unless noted)

    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 is also current and is expected to remain current for the foreseeable future.

    China (mainland-born): As with all categories this month, the movements were minor or nonexistent. It would not surprise MU if the Chinese numbers stayed steady through the fiscal year. China EB-2 is a better bet to progress than EB-3, although it remains doubtful that EB-2 progresses ahead of EB-3.

    India: India EB-3 had the most promising move of all EB categories, progressing from February to May 2008, which marks two consecutive months of great progress. This likely reflects the fact that many older Indian EB-3s have either dropped out of the system or have upgraded to EB-2. For a long time, MU Law has believed that India EB-3 would move much faster, once India EB-3 moved past 2007.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in analysis.

    Philippines: Phils EB-3 stayed steady, which is not surprising considering the enormous progressions of the last few years. The Phils EB-3 number will probably continue to only move slowly, reflecting the large numbers of Philippine RN EB-3 petitions that were filed in 2016-2018.
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  4. WHICH US CITIES ATTRACT H-1B WORKERS?

    by , 04-04-2018 at 10:53 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Pew Research Center has a new, fascinating study that shows the destination of H-1B workers. The most surprising result is that the Bay Area attracts fewer H-1B workers than one might expect.

    From the study:

    The San Jose, California, metro area, home of Silicon Valley, trailed the leading metro area on these measures, despite being home to some of the world’s most famous technology companies. The San Jose metro area had 22,200 H-1B approvals from fiscal 2010 to 2016, which amounted to two approvals per 100 workers.

    The average H-1B worker earns $80,600, which is considerably higher than the average college-educated American, who earns $72,376. In many Midwestern cities, it is impossible to make the case that H-1B workers are driving down salaries or that H-1B workers are saturating the supply of workers.


    Metro Area
    H-1B worker per 1,000 US workers
    Avg H-1B Salary
    Indianapolis
    0.640
    $71,700
    Minneapolis
    1.000
    $90,500
    Birmingham
    1.240
    $80,900
    St. Louis
    1.260
    $84,700
    Kansas City
    1.260
    $76,500
    Denver
    1.270
    $91,300
    Cincinnati
    1.370
    $70,200
    Omaha
    1.440
    $90,400
    Oklahoma City
    1.470
    $72,800
    Columbus
    1.760
    $72,500

    In all of these metropolitan areas, there are only 1 or 2 H-1B workers per 1,000 US workers, which is a minuscule percentage of the workforce. As usual, the bluster around the H-1B program pales in comparison to the actual facts.

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