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Immigration Updates: USCIS Announces Yet Another Change to the Visa Bulletin and STEM Graduates Granted a Reprieve by DHS


Department Of Homeland Security HeadquartersIn our September 16th blog posting, we discussed the updated Visa Bulletin which provided a new chart for would-be immigrants. The new chart provides Dates for Filing Applications, or the earliest dates when an applicant may submit his or her application for permanent residence. The new system was to begin starting with the October visa bulletin, and thousands of applicants prepared to avail themselves of this new benefit, only to be disappointed just a few weeks later, when the State Department issued a revised version of the October bulletin, and cutoff dates for EB-2 visa applicants from India were set back two years, to a priority date of July 1, 2009, and cutoff dates for EB-2 visa applicants from China were pushed back 16 months to Jan. 1, 2013. This was met with angry and frustrated immigrants who had already paid for medical examinations and attorneys’ fees based on the original October bulletin. A class action suit was filed, but a Washington federal court denied the bid finding the group hadn’t met key requirements for such an order. Continue Reading