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September 2012


September 20, 2012 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
The Department of State recently announced the opening of the registration period for the DV-2014 Diversity Visa lottery. This year, the Diversity Visa lottery allows a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent residence in the United States if they are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Entries for the DV-2014 Diversity Visa lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Saturday, November 3, 2012. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form (E-DV) at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. read more
September 13, 2012 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

State Department Update on Visa Demand and Priority Dates

The Department of State has issued the October Visa Bulletin, reporting that priority dates in the EB-2 (advanced degree holders) India category will move only to September 1, 2004. This is particularly unwelcome news since the backlog had advanced almost three years beyond the 2004 date just a few short months ago. The Visa Office attributes this slow movement to an unexpectedly high level of EB-1 (persons of extraordinary ability and multinational managers) visa usage. (When EB-1 numbers remain unused, those numbers usually "drop down," and become available, to individuals in the EB-2 category. However, as EB-1 usage has been high in recent months, no extra unused EB-1 numbers have been available for EB-2 use). The October Visa Bulletin further notes that EB-2 China priority dates will move to July 15, 2007, while EB-2 priority dates for the rest of the world will advance to January 1, 2012. We will continue to follow the visa availability situation closely, and will keep you apprised of updates as they become available.

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