Welcome back to the Immigration Lawyer Blog, where we discuss all things immigration. In this video, attorney Jacob Sapochnick discusses the new November 2020 visa bulletin, including upcoming visa trends and predictions for family-sponsored and employment-based preference categories.
Want to know more? Keep on watching for more information
We are very excited about the new release of the November Visa Bulletin. Some exciting advancements have taken place for certain employment-based preference categories. However, visa issuance remains limited for most family-sponsored categories and at least some employment-based preference categories as discussed below.
Impact of April 22nd Presidential Proclamation
As a reminder to our readers, most family-sponsored and some employment-based preference categories remain subject to President Trump’s April 22nd presidential proclamation. This proclamation temporarily suspends the entry and issuance of visas for the following types of immigrants through December 31, 2020.
- Spouses and children of green card holders (US citizens are not affected) applying at the consulate
- Parents of US citizens applying at the consulate
- Brothers and sisters of US citizens applying at the consulate
- Sons and daughters (over 21 years of age) of US citizens applying at the consulate (children under 21 years of age of US citizens are not affected)
- Sons and daughters (over 21 years of age) of green card holders applying at the consulate
- EB1A extraordinary abilities and their family applying at the consulate
- PERM EB2 employment based (NIW is not affected) and their family applying at the consulate
- PERM EB3 employment based and their family applying at the consulate
- EB4 religious workers immigrants applying at the consulate
EB5 investors are not impacted by the April 22nd proclamation.
Certain applicants may still obtain immigrant visas despite enforcement of the presidential proclamation if their entry is in the national interest or if they have a legitimate emergency.