July 2018 Visa Bulletin

June 18th, 2018

EB1 is backed up to January 1, 2012 for India and China.

In addition, the July 2018 visa bulletin lists the following EB2 and EB3 final action dates:

EB-2 Worldwide: Action Date = current
EB-2 India: Action Date = March 15, 2009 
EB-2 China: Action Date = January 1, 2015

EB-3 Worldwide: Action Date = current
EB-3 India: Action Date = November 1, 2008
EB-3 China: Action Date = January 1, 2013
EB-3 Philippines: Action Date = January 15, 2016 (no change)

For Family Cases, the F2A final action date shifted to June 22, 2016 for all areas, except Mexico, which is June 8, 2016. »

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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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