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November 2018 Visa Bulletin

The visa bulletin hardly moved for the month of November 2018.

EB1 remains backlogged. The final action date for EB1 remains April 1, 2017 for all areas except China and India, which are still backed up to June 1, 2016.  For individuals who are interviewed at USCIS during this time, post-interview the file will be sent to the National Benefits Center awaiting a current visa number.  Note that this is consistent with the September Visa Bulletin, which suggested that little forward movement is anticipated before December.

The November 2018 visa bulletin hardly jumped forward in other areas. It lists the following EB2 and EB3 final action dates:

EB-2 Worldwide and all areas except India and China: Action Date = current
EB-2 India: Action Date = March 26, 2009 (same)
EB-2 China: Action Date = May 15, 2015

EB-3 Worldwide and all areas except India and China: Action Date = current
EB-3 India: Action Date = January 1, 2009 (same)
EB-3 China: Action Date = June 1, 2015 (same)

For Family Cases, the F2A final action date shifted slightly to September 15, 2016 for all areas, except Mexico, which moved forward one month to September 1, 2016.

October 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

CBP Statement on Legalization of Marijuana in Canada

CBP Statement on Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border

Release Date:
September 21, 2018

UPDATED: 10/09/2018

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces the laws of the United States and U.S. laws will not change following Canada’s legalization of marijuana. Requirements for international travelers wishing to enter the United States are governed by and conducted in accordance with U.S. Federal Law, which supersedes state laws. Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana or the facilitation of the aforementioned remain illegal under U.S. Federal Law. Consequently, crossing the border or arriving at a U.S. port of entry in violation of this law may result in denied admission, seizure, fines, and apprehension.

 

CBP officers are thoroughly trained on admissibility factors and the Immigration and Nationality Act, which broadly governs the admissibility of travelers into the United States.  Determinations about admissibility and whether any regulatory or criminal enforcement is appropriate are made by a CBP officer based on the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time.

 

Generally, any arriving alien who is determined to be a drug abuser or addict, or who is convicted of, admits having committed, or admits committing, acts which constitute the essential elements of a violation of (or an attempt or conspiracy to violate) any law or regulation of a State, the United States, or a foreign country relating to a controlled substance, is inadmissible to the United States.

 

A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S. however, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.

 

CBP officers are the nation’s first line of defense in preventing the illegal importation of narcotics, including marijuana. U.S. federal law prohibits the importation of marijuana and CBP officers will continue to enforce that law.

Last modified:
October 9, 2018
https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/speeches-and-statements/cbp-statement-canadas-legalization-marijuana-and-crossing-border
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October 2018 Visa Bulletin

EB1 is backed up for everyone. The priority date is April 1, 2017 for all areas except China and India, which are backed up to June 1, 2016.  For individuals who are interviewed at USCIS during this time, post-interview the file will be sent to the National Benefits Center awaiting a current visa number.  The September Visa Bulletin suggested that little forward movement is anticipated before December.

The October 2018 visa bulletin jumped forward in EB2 as is common at the beginning of the visa year. It lists the following EB2 and EB3 final action dates:

EB-2 Worldwide and all areas except India and China: Action Date = current
EB-2 India: Action Date = March 26, 2009
EB-2 China: Action Date = April 1, 2015

EB-3 Worldwide and all areas except India and China: Action Date = current
EB-3 India: Action Date = January 1, 2009
EB-3 China: Action Date = June 1, 2015

For Family Cases, the F2A final action date shifted to August 22, 2016 for all areas, except Mexico, which is August 1, 2016.

September 13th, 2018|Tags: , , , |