Workers seeking employment green cards have two-time challenges. The first challenge is that the priority date of their application must be before the cutoff date set forth in the US Visa Bulletin. The second challenge is that the eligibility of the applicant for a visa or green card depends on the country of the applicant. Some countries (China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines, and possibly others) have limits on the percentage of available visas and green cards.
In the green card process of getting a permanent residence, the prospective immigrants should stay well-informed and track changes in immigrant numbers stated in the monthly U.S. Visa Bulletin, published by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). This document contains the priority dates for every preference category determined by the date when the petition is filled.
Our client is a citizen of Venezuela and originally came to the US to visit family. Later, our client began her schooling and adjusted to student status. From then, she remained in the US for more than ten consecutive years, and finally, in 2016, her US citizen relative filed an I-130 petition on her behalf in order to commence the adjustment of status process for lawful permanent residence.
According to the Foreign Affairs Manual provided by the US State Department, “Visitor visas are nonimmigrant visas for persons who want to enter the United States temporarily for business (B-1), or for pleasure (B-2) or a combination of both purposes (B-1/B-2).”
According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits people from 38 countries the right to travel to America for business or tourism of up to 90 days – without a visa. Those 38 countries, in return, permit US citizens and nationals the right to enter their countries for similar lengths of time for the same business and tourism purposes. The VWP began in 1986. It is now recognized as a “comprehensive security partnership “with the participating countries.