The procedures regarding immigrant visa availability have changed for the benefit of intending US permanent resident (i.e., greencard) applicants. These changes are reflected in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin which may be viewed at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-october-2015.html.

The US Department of State’s (DOS’s) monthly Visa Bulletin will now include two charts per visa preference category for

Although the rules are clear that Section 1 of the I-9 form must be completed by the employee, the recent introduction of the new Form I-9 in a PDF fillable format and the more widespread use of computerized systems for the I-9 process have raised questions about how information may be entered into Section 1.

Following up on my recent story on the matter, I had the opportunity to speak with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN regarding the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act moving swiftly through the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the interview, I explain a little about what this happened and what this may signal for the

The Department of State’s Visa Office releases its statistics on demand and how it determines monthly Employment Preference Cut-Off dates:

How it works:  Each month, the Visa Office subdivides the annual preference and foreign state limitations specified by the INA into monthly allotments based on totals of documentarily qualified immigrant visa applicants reported at consular