The Department of State released the latest visa bulletin for June 2012 on May 9, 2012.
For the month of June 2012, the EB-1 category was still current for nationals all over the world. In EB-2 category, no visa numbers are available both for Chinese Mainland nationals and Indian nationals. In the EB-3 category, the cut-off dates moved forward from April 1, 2005 to August 8, 2005 for Chinese Mainland nationals while the cut-off dates moved forward from September 8, 2002 to September 15, 2002 for Indian nationals.
For the recently popular EB-5 investment immigration, the visa number now is still current world wide even though more people are submitting their applications.
Again, before you start the application process, it is imperative that you consult with a highly trained legal professional, particularly since USCIS has become stricter with EB-1 applications after a memo was released on August 18, 2010. In essence, the USCIS memo breaks the EB-1 evaluation process up into two parts: 1) Evaluating whether the applicant meets the baseline criteria for the immigration category and 2) determining whether the applicant’s evidence demonstrates the required high level of expertise for the immigration category. In the second part of the review process the USCIS will evaluate the evidence to see if, as a whole, it proves by a preponderance of the evidence that the applicant is at the very top of his or her field of endeavor.
Although the visa numbers are unavailable in EB-2 category, we still recommend that you file your NIW petition as soon as possible if you are qualified for a NIW. In doing so, you would have an earlier priority date. In fact, we always encourage our clients to file a NIW petition if they are qualified. For the year of 2008, our firm received 402 NIW approvals. For the year of 2009, our firm received 430 NIW approvals. For the year of 2010, our firm received 223 NIW approvals. For the year of 2011, our firm received 286 NIW approvals. From January to April 2012, our firm received 90 NIW approvals. Furthermore, from January to April 2012, our firm also received 80 EB-1 approvals.
If you are interested in filing a NIW but not sure if you are qualified, please contact Attorney Jerry Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will provide you with a free evaluation.
Free Immigration Seminars in Three Cities on Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26
National immigration law firm Zhang & Attorneys, L.P., is offering free immigration seminars on Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26, 2012 in three cities’ offices respectively. Our senior attorneys will present the fundamentals of immigration law and discuss:
1. F-1 visa and related employment issues
2. H-1B visa, Quota and Strategies
3. National Interest Waiver Green Card – Even a Master degree can get approval
4. EB-1B and EB-1A Green Card for achieved scholars
5. Green Card strategic plans for students and scholars
Date and time of the seminars:
Time: 6:00pm ~ 8:00pm CDT, Fri. May 25, 2012
Presenter: Attorney Jane Xu
Address: 9999 Bellaire Blvd, Suite 920
Houston, TX 77036
Silicon Valley, CA
Time: 10:00am ~ 12:00pm PDT, Sat. May 26, 2012
Presenter: Attorney Jerry Zhang
Address: 2225 E. Bayshore Road Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94303
New York, NY
Time: 10:00am ~ 12:00pm EDT, Sat. May 26, 2012
Presenter: Attorney Joe Zhou
Address: 14 Penn Plaza
225 West 34th Street, Suite 1400
New York, NY 10122
The presentation will be conducted in English with an English PowerPoint slideshow. If you are interested in the seminar, you may register the seminar free of charge by clicking the following link: