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Articles Tagged: State Department

Explanation of the New Visa Bulletin Format

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The Visa Bulletin indicates when statutorily limited visas are available to prospective immigrants based on their individual priority date, which is generally the date when the applicant’s relative or employer properly filed the immigrant visa petition on the applicant’s behalf with USCIS.  Availability of an immigrant visa means eligible applicants are able to take one […]

Increase in Fees by Department of State

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The Department of State has announced that it will change fees for certain types of applications. These fee changes will take effect on September 12, 2014. The most important changes include a reduction in the E Treaty Investor/Treaty Trader fees from $270 to $205 and an increase in the fee for a K Fiancé Visa […]

Regression for Employment Preference Petitions or Visas

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Department of State that issues Visa numbers have good news for family-based classifications but the news is bad for employment-based classifications. In recent years the demand for visa numbers in family based categories has declined.  AILA-DC met with Charles Oppenheimer who works for the State Department Visa Control and Reporting Division responsible for producing the […]