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  1. SEPTEMBER 2017 VISA BULLETIN: ANALYSIS

    by , 08-10-2017 at 05:40 PM (Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration)
    by Chris Musillo

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

    NOTE: Please be sure to read our Post, "What does the August Visa Bulletin Mean?"


    September 2017 Visa Bulletin



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


    EB
    Class
    All Other CHINA INDIA MEXICO PHIL'PNES
    EB-1 C 01JAN12 01JAN12 C C
    EB-2 01JAN16 15MAY13 22AUG08 01JAN16 01JAN16
    EB-3 C 01JAN12 15OCT06 C
    01NOV15



    MU Law Analysis


    All Other: The EB-2 has been current for many years. The slight retrogression is temporary and will revert back to Current in October 2017. The EB-3 progression has long been effectively current, and is, in fact, current in this Bulletin.


    China (mainland-born): The DOS instituted a retrogression for China EB-1 with the June Visa Bulletin, which remains. The continued high level of demand for EB-1 numbers for USCIS adjustment of status applicants has required the establishment of a date for June. It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression will last until October 2017.


    The China EB-2 date again moved up, by about one month. The DOS recently noted that there has been an extremely large increase in EB-3s during the past month. The China EB-3 date remains at January 2012, which is where it was in July. It is now slower than China EB-2.

    India: As with China, India EB-1 now is retrogressed. It is expected that this EB-1 retrogression will last until October 2017.

    EB-2 India moved ahead by a month. EB-3 India jumped into late 2006, which was a pleasant surprise. The DOS is clearly trying to ensure that all visa numbers are used in FY2016.



    Mexico: Mirrors All Other in all aspects.


    Philippines: EB-3 moved ahead to November 2015! This is yet another incredible progression. The Philippine EB-3 number essentially cleaned out all of the 2010 through 2015 EB-3 visas in less than one year. This is even more positive than we expected.

    Our internal metrics see the Philippine EB-3 number continuing to progress at a rapid clip for the rest of 2017.


    The retrogression of the EB-2 (Phils) number is nothing to be concerned about. It will return to Current in October 2017. Note that all EB-2s retrogressed, which reflects heavier demand than usual in the entirety of the EB-2 category.

    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, Twitter and LinknedIn.
  2. New Web Tool Maps Cases Pending in Immigration Court

    by , 08-10-2017 at 11:34 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University has just released a brand new web mapping application that allows the public to examine for the very first time the number of individuals residing in each state, county, and local community within a county, who have pending cases before the Immigration Court.

    Using this new interactive web tool, the location of individuals involved in Immigration Court cases can be displayed based upon each individual's recorded home address. Where the individual is detained, the address shown may be that of the detention facility where the individual is being held.

    While TRAC's original backlog tool tabulated cases for each Immigration Court and hearing location, each court covers a wide geographic area - sometimes encompassing several states. Thus, only a very gross picture of the location where cases were situated was possible.

    TRAC's new mapping tool, in contrast, uses the individualized location where each person appearing before the court currently resides. Users can therefore pinpoint with great precision just where cases are located throughout the country.



    Click here to access the mapping tool.
  3. Immigration Court Dispositions Drop 9.3 Percent Under Trump

    by , 08-10-2017 at 10:56 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via Syracuse University's TRAC:

    The latest available case-by-case data indicate that Immigration Court dispositions have dropped by 9.3 percent since President Trump assumed office. While a larger proportion of this declining total consist of removal orders, cases closed during the past five months (February 2017-June 2017) totaled only 77,084 cases as compared with 84,956 for the same five-month period during 2016[1].

    This decline has contributed to the court's growing backlog of cases. The backlog reached a record 610,524 cases as of June 30, 2017. This is up from 598,943 at the end of May.



    Removal Orders Issued Monthly by Immigration Judges (moving 5-month average)

    Click here for more of the report.

    Updated 08-10-2017 at 11:08 AM by MKolken

  4. Trump's Deportations Lower than 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 under Obama

    by , 08-10-2017 at 07:41 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR's Latino USA:

    With five months remaining in 2017, how does Trump administration compare to the Obama administration?

    Early indications would suggest that even though there is a marked increase between the 2017 data and data from the last few years under the Obama administration, the Trump numbers are lower than 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 under Obama.

    The following table from EOIRís annual 2016 report includes information that can help with a comparison. It lists the total number of removal orders and voluntary departures for the past five fiscal years and begins to offer some insight into how the new Trump numbers stack up to the Obama years.


    One way to compare is to calculate a monthly average across each year. For example, in FY 2012, there was a monthly average of 10,419 total removal decisions, 8,323 non-voluntary removal decisions and 2,096 voluntary departure decisions. When the 2017 DOJ data from the release is used to compare Trump in 2017 to Obama in 2012, the monthly average for 2017 (so far) under Trump would be 9,512 total removal decisions, 8,331 non-voluntary removal decisions and 1,181 voluntary departure decisions. In other words, the current Trump monthly averages in 2017 are on par with Obama monthly averages for 2012. In addition, the monthly averages for 2012 Obama total removal numbers were greater than the total 2017 monthly averages for Trump.


    In addition, if you take EOIR data from 2009-2011, the monthly averages for Obama were actually higher in all categories than the 2017 Trump numbers from the DOJ.


    Click here for the rest of the report.

    Updated 08-11-2017 at 10:30 AM by MKolken

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