Note from Attorney Khosla to All Clients: The abrupt changes in the 9/25/15 revision of the October 2015 Visa Bulletin prevously publised on 9/9/15 has caused immense harm to my countless clients who are intending EB I-485 applicants and who had affirmatively (and to their detriment) relied upon the September 9, 2015 issue of the October 2015 Visa Bulletin and already expended considerable monies, time, effort, and paid for medical examinations, blood work, X rays and TB tests and vaccinations in anticipation of I-485 filing on 10/1/15. This is a poor decision by the USDOS to abruptly revise its Sept 9 version of the Oct 2015 VB on Sept 25, and this decision will be and is already being challenged in the courts. The AILA and American Immigration Council has sponen out against this. Secretary of State Kerry has been notifed by AILA. There has been a Class Action Lawsuit filed today as well. We wil keep you posted. This is a serious mistake on the part of the Dept. of State, which out to be immediately corrected. Attorney Michael Khosla
District Court Complaint Seeks Reinstatement of 9/9/15 October Visa Bulletin
On 9/28/15, AILA sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz expressing disappointment in 9/25/15 changes to the October Visa Bulletin, and asking that the 9/9/15 Visa Bulletin be restored
Please note that the following "Dates for Filing" have changed:
(9/9/15) Filing Date
NEW (9/25/15) Filing Date
1 year, 5 months
1 year, 5 months
Therefore, individuals who fall under the above-referenced categories will only be permitted to file for adjustment of status in the month of October if they have a priority date that is earlier than the NEW Filing Date listed in the revised September 25, 2015 Visa Bulletin.
DEPT OF STATE REVISES OCTOBER 2015 VISA BULLETIN ON 9/25/15
On 9/28/15, AILA sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz expressing disappointment in 9/25/15 changes to the October Visa Bulletin, and asking that the 9/9/15 Visa Bulletin be restored.
AILA sends a list of Questions to the USCIS regarding the October 2015 Visa Bulletin
List of questions AILA submitted to USCIS immediately following the release of the September 9, 2015 Visa Bulletin. These questions remain relevant notwithstanding the September 25 Visa Bulletin changes, but to date, remain unanswered. AILA will post responses when we receive them.
AILA: Government Ineptitude Disappoints Thousands on Visa Timing
AILA Doc No. 15092531 | Dated September 25, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and its members were disappointed today to learn that, due to a gross government miscalculation, many individuals and families will continue to face lengthy waits before they can submit their applications for permanent residence. The new filing dates, which translate to longer wait-times, were made public through an updated October Visa Bulletin published today.
“For people who have been patiently waiting in line and are stuck in the long visa backlogs emblematic of the U.S. legal immigration system, this is yet another huge letdown,” said Victor Nieblas Pradis, AILA President. He continued, “So many people spent time and money getting their applications ready to file and now they are told, due to government miscalculation, that they can’t file after all. This mistake affects real people: individuals who have already made important life decisions based on previously released information published by the government two weeks ago. They now, once again, face extended delays before they can get travel documents and employment authorization. In the long run, the announced changes to the visa bulletin are improvements to the system that will eventually help thousands of families and individuals to plan and get on with their futures, but in the short run this miscalculation has serious consequences. Frankly, they deserve better, and the Administration should be ashamed and embarrassed at the harm this mistake has caused,” he concluded.
On 9/9/2015 the Visa Bulletin for October 2015 included this new chart that allowed numerous EB applicants to be able to file I-485
This chart, which compares the "Final Action Dates" to the "Filing Dates" as reported in the October Visa Bulletin, provides some insight into the categories that are most impacted in October. Of particular note:
The "Filing Date" for most of the family-based categories is less than 1 year and up to around 2 years earlier than the "Final Action Date," with the exception of F-1 Philippines with a difference of 4+ years, and F-3 Mexico with a difference of 2+ years.
The employment-based categories most impacted by the October Visa Bulletin are:
EB-2 India: Final Action Date = 5/1/05; Filing Date = 7/1/11
EB-3 Philippines: Final Action Date = 1/1/07; Filing Date = 1/1/15
EB-2 China: Final Action Date = 1/1/12; Filing Date = 5/1/14
EB-3 China: Final Action Date = 10/15/11; Filing Date = 10/1/13
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Established in 1995, THE KHOSLA IMMIGRATION LAW GROUP, P.C., is a full-service corporate business immigration & family immigration law firm. We are engaged exclusively in the representation of individual and corporate clients in H-1B, H-4, L-1A, L-1B, L-2, TN-1, TN-2, TD, E-3, B1 and/or B2 matters, assistance to F1 students for F1 OPT/CPT, and representation of employers and sponsored beneficiaries for the US Permanent Residency (Green Card) process under PERM (EB2/EB3) and under Extraordinary Ability Alien, Outstanding Researchers, and National Interest Waivers petitions (EB1/EB2) matters, as well as related AC21 Portability matters, Naturalization (N-400), and including Family Based Green Card filings for all our returning clients and new clients.
We also represent numerous individual clients each year in Family Based Green Card cases (I-130, I-485, K1 fiancee) as well as Citizenship/Naturalization (N-400) and Green Card renewal issues, and these are cases that typically emerge from our professional client base or referrals from our existing clients. We accept new clients and welcome our old clients who come back to us when they become eligible for filing their Naturalization applications, as well as new Family Based Green Card filings for their immediate relatives and other family members of US Citizens.
In 2015, this law firm has entered into its 21st year in business as a boutique business immigration law firm representing corporate clients, individual clients and their family members for work visas, student visas, business and visitor visas, employment and/or family based green card applications and citizenship filings.
We take great pride in our commitment to excellent client service by providing an outstanding legal work product, very reasonable fees and payment structure, rapid turnaround times, careful attention to clients, and timely updates on the latest developments in the area of immigration law. We also take great pride in the knowledge that all our core support personnel, case managers and paralegals have been with the law firm for over 15 years, and our clients truly appreciate these long associations with the same caring professionals over several years as their cases progress through the immigration system.
The law firm's principal attorney, Mr. P. Michael Khosla, enjoys a nationwide reputation amongst the core business immigration client community throughout the United States, for the personal attention and dedication to the cases he handles, a genuine compassion towards his clients, intelligent and strategic lawyering, an outstanding track record of winning cases, and a reputation for rapid responses to his clients’ emails throughout the entire representation period for issues related to their immigration cases. Since 1995, Attorney Khosla has successfully handled over 20,000 immigration cases over a wide spectrum and of varying levels of complexity, with a virtually 100% success rate.
During the course of the past (almost) two decades, this law firm has steadily grown to a point where it currently represents hundreds of corporate and individual clients each year, in business immigration matters for professional employment, and select family based GC matters, in all 50 states in the United States, and the law firm's foreign-born clientele has originated from over 60 different countries. The law firm's portal on the Internet, www.usimmigration.net has been in existence since 1995, making it one of the oldest immigration lawyer websites.