MU VISA ADVISOR: USCIS ISSUES REVISED OCT 2015 VISA BULLETIN
On late Friday afternoon the USCIS and DOS issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin. The new revised Visa Bulletin has a devastating impact on those in the US and who qualify as China EB-2, India EB-2, and Philippines EB-3.
The USCIS published a stilted “explanation” for the revision,
Following consultations with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Dates for Filing Applications for some categories in the Family-Sponsored and Employment-Based preferences have been adjusted to better reflect a timeframe justifying immediate action in the application process.
This revised Visa Bulletin means that the majority of people who could have filed their I-485s on October 1, 2015, now must indefinitely wait. Allowing long-suffering workers the flexibility that would come with the filing of I-485s would have been excellent policy. Implementing that policy was excellent government action. Implementing the policy and then rescinding the policy is incompetence.
Many of these immigrant workers spent thousands of dollars hiring counsel to prepare their Applications. They took time off from their jobs to subject themselves to ridiculously unnecessary (and costly) medical examinations.
There are already rumors that the USCIS and DOS are being threatened with lawsuits. There is also a rumor that the USCIS and DOS may not want to repeat the fiasco that was the Visa Gate in 2007, and therefore may rescind this Revised Visa Bulletin.
If you have been impacted by this, MU Law advises that you hold tight. There is a chance that the USCIS does the decent thing and rescinds this amended Visa Bulletin.
Please contact your MU immigration attorney if you have any questions about this MU Visa Advisor or any other immigration issue.