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Urgent Message about Employment Based Immigrant Visa (EB) Authorizations by Dept. of State

September 16, 2011

On September 15, 2011, the Dept. of State’s (DOS) Visa Control Office has issued a notification stating that authorizations for all employment based immigrant visa preference categories be immediately stopped.  No employment immigrant visa numbers will be authorized for the remainder of September 2011.  The State Dept. has indicated that it has exhausted all of the available immigrant visa numbers for the Fiscal Year 2011 (which ends September 30, 2011).  This should not however stop adjudication of employment based immigrant visa cases by U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS).

USCIS is expected to continue processing the employment preference cases as usual and submit to DOS for immigrant visa allotment/authorization.  The DOS will in turn hold all such submitted cases in the “Pending Demand” file.  This exhaustion of immigrant visa numbers is essentially for the two-week period only, i.e. Sep 15 through Sep 30.  On the first business day of October which is Oct 3, the cases that are queued up in the “Pending Demand” file will be allotted an immigrant visa number by the DOS assuming a given case is within the October cut-off date (i.e. current as per the October visa bulletin).

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