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La Línea y La Espera -- La Lucha Sobre el Boletín de Visas y el Engaño de USCIS

Todo el mundo sabe que hay una "línea" para obtener la residencia permanente legal en los Estados Unidos. La mayoría de los estadounidenses no saben que esta línea puede durar décadas, y que mucha gente en esta línea son en realidad ya residentes en los Estados Unidos, tanto legales como sin papeles. Cada mes, el Departamento de la Oficina de Visas del Estado publica la lista de fechas que están siendo aceptadas para la aprobación de residente permanente. Esta información se publicará en el "Boletín de Visas."

A principios de septiembre de 2015, el Boletín de Visas contenía un nuevo segundo conjunto de fechas. En primer lugar, estaban las fechas para los que podrían ser aprobados para la residencia permanente. En segundo lugar, hubo una serie de fechas para los que lo haría, mientras que actualmente no autorizable, podría solicitar el ajuste de estatus para ser aprobado en un futuro próximo. Este fue un cambio importante en el Boletín de Visas, y fue recibido por to…

VisaGate 2015 -- How the Obama Administration Again Deceived Immigrants

In early September 2015, the Visa Bulletin contained a new second set of dates.  First, there were the dates for those who could be approved for permanent residence.  Second, there was a set of dates for those would while not currently approvable, could file for adjustment of status to be approved in the near future. This was a major change in the Visa Bulletin, and was welcomed by everyone in the immigrant community. The reason this change was so welcome was because people who could file for adjustment of status could then obtain work permits and in some cases travel documents that were no longer tied to the employer or sponsor.  It was a partial fulfillment of the promises made by President Obama on November 20, 2015. 
But, like virtually everything else President Obama has done, it turned into a complete bait and switch.  On Friday, September 25, 2015 at 4:30 in the afternoon, less than three weeks after first publishing the visa bulletin with the welcome changes and new filing dat…

Important Change in Priority Date Filing Process in October Visa Bulletin

In a surprising move (more for the speed with which they did it, rather than the actual act) USCIS and the Department of State (DOS) announced that beginning with the visa bulletin effective October 1, 2015, USCIS will now accept for filing I-485 adjustment of status applications to adjust status to Permanent Resident according to a separate filing date chart, even though the priority date is not current 
This new filing date chart is published in DOS’s Visa Bulletin alongside the usual chart outlining which Priority Dates are current and eligible for actual adjudication that month. This change applies to both Family Based (“FB”) and Employment Based (“EB”) immigrant visa cases. The adjudication of all adjustment of status applications will still be subject to the same per country and per category quotas, and therefore backlogs for those oversubscribed countries and categories will still exist.  BUT, this new adjustment of status filing policy will allow many FB and EB principals and t…