Visagate 2015

On September 9, the Department of State released a new, revised immigrant visa bulletin in response to President Obama’s executive actions announced in November 2014. The new bulletin included dates not only for current immigrant visa numbers, but for the first time ever, also included dates for those whose visa numbers were not yet current, but who were now eligible to start the application process for permanent residence, which for those in valid status in the U.S., means also being able to apply for a temporary employment authorization document. The news was well received and translated to tangible benefits for hundreds of preference based employment and family based green card applicants.

Unfortunately, the projections were premature and on Friday September 25, a new visa bulletin was posted with more conservative priority dates. While the new bulletin still includes dates those able to apply prior to visa availability, many applicants who were eligible under the earlier bulletin, are now unable to file.

The new preregistration process for permanent residence will be available from October 1, 2015.