Visa Bulletin

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Overview

The Visa Bulletin is a monthly publication of the Bureau of Consular Affairs within the U.S. Department of State. The Bulletin provides information on immigration, visas, and refugee admissions as well as other topics.

A very descriptive flow chart of how a visa bulletin works: http://immigrationroad.com/resource/how-visa-bulletin-works-flowchart.pdf

For Employment Based Green Card and Family Based Green Card where certain oversubscribed preference categories exist, the visa bulletin publishes cut-off dates based on the application's Priority Date.

Cut-off dates within the Visa Bulletin are categorized by the different Green Card types and Chargeability Area.

The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. Only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted an immigrant visa number (receive their green card) during that month.

The cut-off date also applies to the applicant's eligibility to file for the third stage in the Green Card process. Only applicants whose priority dates are before the cut-off date published in the visa bulletin are eligible to file for the third stage.

Current and archived visa bulletins are available at Visa Bulletin

View compiled data from past visa bulletins here.

July 2007 Visa Bulletin

On June 12th, 2007 the visa bulletin for July 2007 was published, making all priority dates current for employment based green cards (in an attempt to prevent green cards from being left unused at the end of the year). However instead of accepting applications for adjustment of status for the entire month of July, the visa bulletin was abruptly revised on July 2nd, 2007, making all employment based preference categories unavailable.

The immigrant community was very upset with the USCIS and DOS behavior. It is said that immigrants had spent thousands and thousands of dollars to prepare the papers needed to file for AOS (Adjustment Of Status). Some immigrants had flew to their home country to get the birth certificate and/or affidavit for themselves which is needed to file AOS. Immigration Voice had organized rally in San Jose where thousands of immigrants showed up to express their dissatisfaction against the action taken by two government agencies USCIS and DOS. Immigration Voice also carried out flower campaign where by its member sent flowers to the USCIS. The campaign was very well organized and flowers with personnel message were delivered to USCIS on July 10th, 11th and 12th.

On July 17th, 2007, the July 2nd decision was reversed and the deadline to file for adjustment of status was extended to August 17, 2007. This allowed thousands of EB applicants to submit their I-485/Adjustment of Status applications.


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NY Times Article

Rep. Lofgren Statement on July 3, 2007

Rep. Lofgren Requests Written Response to Questions on Updated Visa Bulletin

Discussions

IV Flower Campaign

July 2007 Visa Bulletin

Rally in San Jose against revised July 2007 Bulletin

San Jose Rally
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