December 2017 Visa Bulletin

November 14th, 2017

EB2 remains current for all areas and EB1 is current for both India and China.  

Specifically, the December 2017 visa bulletin lists the following EB2 and EB3 final action dates:

EB-2 Worldwide: Action Date = current
EB-2 India: Action Date = November 1, 2008 
EB-2 China: Action Date = July 1, 2013

EB-3 Worldwide: Action Date = current
EB-3 India: Action Date = October 15, 2006 (no change) 
EB-3 China: Action Date = March 8, 2014
EB-3 Philippines: Action Date = January 15, 2016 (no change)

For Family Cases, the F2A final action date shifted to December 22, 2015 for all areas, except Mexico, which is November 15, 2015. »

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Executive Orders

February 21st, 2016

On February 9, the 9th Circuit put a restraining order on the Executive Order relating to visas, screening, and refugees, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the US.” It prohibited entry of individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. 

On February 21, DHS issued two memoranda increasing immigration enforcement and increasing fast-track removal processes. 

Enforcement priorities will likely have an impact on employment-based visas, including Ls, H-1Bs, and B1 authorization. In the immediate term, it could increase the likelihood of site visits. »

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Other News:

February 16th, 2017

Abby Loomis Joins Christoffersen Law

On February 16, immigration lawyer Abby Loomis joined our team.  With over 20 years of experience in the area of US immigration law, Abby's practice focuses on advising US employers in the areas of NonImmigrant and Immigrant Visas, PERMs, NIWs, and EB1. Please contact Abby at 206.389.1795 or

New I-9 Form

As of January 22, 2017, employers must use the 11/14/16 version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after November 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization (if applicable). »

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