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Potential EB-5 Backlog Predicted for Chinese Nationals

Recently, the Department of State announced that the annual maximum number of EB-5 visas allotted for Chinese natives had been reached. This means that EB-5 visas were unavailable for natives of China until the start of the new fiscal, which began on October 1, 2014, but there may be a few additional effects.   One potential… Read More

EB-5 Visas are Unavailable to Chinese Immigrants until FY 2015

On August 23, 2014, the Chief of the Department of State Immigrant Visa Control and Reporting Division announced that the EB-5 preference category had become unavailable for Chinese applicants. For the first time since the EB-5 program was created, the annual maximum number of EB-5 immigrant visas available to Chinese applicants has been reached. EB-5… Read More

China, India Visa Number Priority Cut-Off Dates Move Forward

The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for February 2012 shows that the China and India cut-off dates continue to move forward, in some cases at a rapid rate. For February, the China employment-based second preference cut-off date has advanced a year to January 1, 2010. Also for February, the China employment-based third preference cut-off date… Read More

FY 2011 Visa Numbers Available on October 1, 2010; DOS Updates China Reciprocity Schedule

The Department of State sent a memorandum to USCIS on September 15, 2010, noting that effective September 16, there would be no further authorizations of visa numbers for any family preference category, or for employment second, third, third “other workers,” fourth, and fourth “certain religious worker” cases for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2010.… Read More

U.S. Expands Appointment Scheduling for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants in China

Nonimmigrant visa applicants may now schedule interview appointments at any U.S. Consular Section in China, regardless of the province or city where they live. Consular Sections are located at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and U.S. Consulates General in Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Shenyang. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing noted that although the basic application… Read More