In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories with AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association).

Below are highlights from the most recent “check-in with Charlie”

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

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

According to the recently released Department of State (DOS) Visa Bulletin which includes priority date processing information for the month of June 2015, there has been forward movement in both employment-based and family-based categories (for a change).

Although the cut-off date for EB-5 China remained at May 1, 2013, EB-2 China saw significant progress,