Immigration News

Visa Bulletin For December 2015

Number 87
Volume IX
Washington, D.C

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This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers duringDecember for: “Application Final Action Dates” (consistent with prior Visa Bulletins) and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center.

Unless otherwise indicated on the USCIS website, individuals seeking to file applications for adjustment of status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Department of Homeland Security must use the “Application Final Action Dates” charts below for determining when they can file such applications. When USCIS determines that there are more immigrant visas available for the fiscal year than there are known applicants for such visas, USCIS will state on its website that applicants may instead use the “Dates for Filing Visa Applications” charts in this Bulletin. Applicants for adjustment of status may refer to USCIS for additional information by

1.  Procedures for determining dates. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; USCIS reports applicants for adjustment of status. Allocations in the charts below were made, to the extent possible, in chronological order of reported priority dates, for demand received by November 9th. If not all demand could be satisfied, the category or foreign state in which demand was excessive was deemed oversubscribed. The cut-off date for an oversubscribed category is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached within the numerical limits. If it becomes necessary during the monthly allocation process to retrogress a cut-off date, supplemental requests for numbers will be honored only if the priority date falls within the new cut-off date announced in this […]

Governor Kate Brown welcomes Syrian refugees to Oregon

Gov. Brown: Oregon Will Accept Syrian Refugees
by OPB Staff OPB | Nov. 17, 2015 11:15 a.m.

A Syrian refugee holds her passport at the Turkish Cilvegozu gate border,  Sept. 4, 2013.
Gregorio Borgia

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced via Twitter that Oregon will continue to accept refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.Last week, terrorists attacks rocked Paris and left 129 people dead and scores more wounded.

Since the attacks, governors in more than half of the United States have publicly opposed the resettlement of Syrian refugees over security concerns.

But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee bucked that trend Monday, saying that Washington state will welcome Syrian refugees. President Obama’s administration has pledged the U.S. to receive 10,000 people for resettlement over the next year.

Gov. Brown echoed that sentiment Tuesday.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter did not join his Northwest colleagues in supporting the refugee relocation program, however. He joined several other Republican governors Monday in calling for an immediate stop to the refugee program until vetting rules can be reviewed.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit continues delay for DAPA – Is a trip to the Supreme Court next?

Washington D.C. – In a disappointing but unsurprising decision, a divided panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the federal government’s appeal of the preliminary injunction that has temporarily stopped President Obama’s latest deferred action initiatives from being implemented. This decision clears the way for the Obama Administration to take this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The American Immigration Council urges the Administration to act promptly and seek immediate Supreme Court review.

The deferred action initiatives, announced almost one year ago, in November 2014, include Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and an expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Together, these initiatives could provide as many as 5 million immigrants with temporary relief from deportation. The decision today means that the initiatives remain suspended.

Last November, after decades of congressional neglect, President Obama took a crucial, courageous and practical step toward reforming our immigration system. Using the executive’s well-established authority to regulate immigration and determine enforcement priorities, he adopted policies that would allow millions of U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children to remain with their parents, while at the same time ensuring that the government’s limited enforcement resources could be targeted toward real security threats. The Obama Administration should aggressively challenge the opinion in this case that states have standing—or legal authority—to file suit when they disagree with federal immigration policies. This sets a dangerous precedent.

As Judge Carolyn Dineen King, stated succinctly in her dissent, “a mistake has been made.” It now is up to the U.S. Supreme Court to correct this grave mistake—a mistake that sets not only a dangerous precedent, but one that is bad for families, bad for our communities, and bad for […]