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  1. USCIS WILL ALLOW MORE I-485 FILINGS IN OCTOBER THAN USUAL

    by , 09-27-2016 at 07:56 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    USCIS has announced that for October 2016 it will allow I-485 filings for those immigrant visa applicants who qualify under the more favorable Date of Filing chart.


    Dates of Filing Chart - October 2016

    Employment-
    based

    All Chargeability
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland
    born

    INDIA
    PHILIPPINES
    1st
    C
    C
    C
    C
    2nd
    C
    01MAR13
    22APR09
    C
    3rd
    C
    01MAY14
    01JUL05
    01SEP13


    If you have a priority date earlier than the dates listed on the above table, and you are lawfully in the United States, you can file your I-485 from October 1-31, 2016. Please keep in mind that the USCIS will not approve your immigrant visa application unless your priority date is earlier than the standard Final Action chart.


    Final Action Chart- October 2016

    Employment
    based

    All Charge-
    ability
    Areas Except
    Those Listed

    CHINA-
    mainland
    born

    INDIA
    PHILIPPINES
    1st
    C
    C
    C
    C
    2nd
    C
    15FEB12
    15JAN07
    C
    3rd
    01JUN16
    22JAN13
    01MAR05
    01DEC10

    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. FAQ ON THE NEW FCCPT STANDARD

    by , 09-24-2016 at 09:39 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    What is the new policy?

    All applicants for the FCCPT Type I Certificate must now hold a diploma that says the word “Masters”. If you have a diploma that says “Bachelors” you will not be eligible for the Type I Certificate. Also, an applicant must have at least 202.1 credit hours.

    When does the new policy go into effect?
    It is effective immediately. If you have a pending Application before the FCCPT, they will be returning your Application and issuing you a refund.

    I have heard that the standard may be again raise to a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. True?
    Yes. It is expected that if you apply for the Type I after January 1, that you will need to have a DPT in order to qualify for the Type I.

    But when I graduated from University, the American standard was a lesser degree. Am I “grandfathered in” under the old standard?
    Unfortunately the USCIS is taking the position that the Application filing date is controlling, not the date of graduation.

    I have a Type I that is expiring shortly. Should I be concerned?
    No. Renewals do NOT examine education, only licensure verification and proof of English proficiency.

    Why is the USCIS doing this?
    The USCIS’ decision was predicated on a number of misunderstandings and inaccuracies. USCIS’ decision to terminate FCCPT accrediting these international programs is largely based on flawed assumptions around required coursework hours and degree titles.

    Is anyone doing anything to try and change this new policy?
    Yes. There is a concerted effort from stakeholders to educate the USCIS about the problems with its new interpretation and the massive impact on US patients and on internationally-trained Physical Therapists.

    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 09-25-2016 at 09:54 AM by CMusillo

  3. USCIS DEMANDS THAT FCCPT RAISES STANDARD FOR THE TYPE I

    by , 09-23-2016 at 09:47 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    In an unprecedented development, USCIS is demanding that FCCPT only issue FCCPT Type I Certificates to graduates of university programs whose diploma titles read “Masters Degree,” and who have at least 202.1 credit hours. Any graduate of a program that is equivalent to a US Masters Degree will no longer be eligible to enter the US and practice Physcial Therapy. USCIS’ actions put US patients’ lives at risk, decimate an already dire Physcial Therapy shortage, and alienate fully qualified foreign-trained Physcial Therapists.

    USCIS has issued a Notice of Intent to Deny the FCCPT’s ability to issue Type I Certificates. FCCPT is understandably ceding to the USCIS’ wishes in spite of USCIS outrageous action. The USCIS’ actions were done without the advice and consultation of interested stakeholders, such as FSBPT, APTA, CAPTE and the AAIHR. It is unclear if the USCIS has consulted with the US HHS, which it is required to do by statute.

    The AAIHR has issued a press release on this matter, which sums up the issue:

    “USCIS’ decision was predicated on a number of potential misunderstandings and inaccuracies. USCIS’ decision to terminate FCCPT accrediting these international programs is largely based on assumptions around required coursework hours and degree titles. However, the comparison of degree “titles” or credit hours is irrelevant. Titles and credit hours vary by institution."

    MU Law is releasing an FAQ shortly.

    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 09-23-2016 at 10:07 AM by CMusillo

  4. VISA BULLETIN PREDICTIONS FOR 2016-17

    by , 09-17-2016 at 09:41 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 highlights:

    Philippine EB3 – Charlie offered some of his most optimistic predictions for this category. He expects that this category will initially move about three weeks per Bulletin, but that it should speed through 2011 and 2012, likely finishing the fiscal year into 2013. This is consistent with internal MU Law analysis which sees this category progressing into 2013 by the Summer of 2017.

    India EB2 and EB3 – The DOS expects that EB2 will move at a three to four month rate. Those in this category are cautioned that 2007 was a very unusual year in immigration because of the Visa Gate scandal in 2007. Therefore we may see inconsistent progressions until the date moves comfortably beyond mid-2007.

    The EB3 category will move much slower. Charlie says just one week per Bulletin.

    Worldwide EB-2 and EB-3 – EB-2 will remain current for the foreseeable future. Charlie cautions that demand is increasing in this category. It may be necessary to implement a cut-off date sometime in the Spring of 2017. Worldwide EB-3 will continue to see a slight retrogression.

    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.
  5. OCT 2016 VISA BULLETIN

    by , 09-09-2016 at 08:26 AM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

    The Department of State has just issued the October 2016 Visa Bulletin. This is the first Visa Bulletin of Fiscal Year 2017. As the fiscal year begins we are able to make some educated guesses at where the Visa Bulletin will be in the future.

    October 2016 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
    12FEB12
    15JAN07
    C C
    3rd
    01JUN16
    22JAN13 15MAR05
    01JUN16 01DEC10

    MU Law Analysis

    All Other:
    The EB-2 has been current for many years. The EB-3 progression continues. For Consular processing cases a June 2016 date is effectively Current.

    China: As expected, these dates moved forward 2+ years. Unusually, the China EB-3 has a more favorable date than EB-2, although this phenomenon has happened often for China as a result of many Chinese EB-3 workers "upgrading" their applications to EB-2.

    India: EB-2 India had a notable progression from last month. It will be interesting to see how this date moves forward. In the Summer of 2007 hundreds of thousands of I-485 Applications were filed a result of VisaGate. As a result of that bulk of filings, this number could slow in the forthcoming months.
    EB-3 had its usual one month forward movement.

    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.

    Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead by another six months. The Phillippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all 2010 EB-3 visas in just two months. This is what we have expected. (Our note from May 2016: "MU Law believes that Philippines EB-3 will continue to steadily move forward in the coming months. We expect it to move into 2009 in the by early summer, and may reach 2010 by the end of this fiscal year.").

    We expect more of the same fast progression in FY2017 for Philippine EB-3. We expect that the Philippine EB-3 number will progress at least three years in FY2017.

    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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