October 2018 visa bulletin EB2 India EB3 India drastic movement

October 2018 visa bulletin is out. Department of state released bulletin on September 12th 2018. All categories in final action dates as well as green card filing dates have shown drastic movement. With this kind of movement expect the green card final action date to progress back to May 2010 before December 2018 visa bulletin

mployment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES VIETNAM
1st 01APR17 01JUN16 01APR17 01JUN16 01APR17 01APR17 01APR17
2nd C 01APR15 C 26MAR09 C C C
3rd C 01JUN15 C 01JAN09 C 01JUN17 C
Other Workers C 01MAY07 C 01JAN09 C 01JUN17 C
4th C C 15FEB16 C 22OCT16 C C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 15AUG14 C C C C 01JAN16
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
U U U U U U U

Here are the cut-off dates for filing the I-485 the third stage in green card sponsorship that offers employment authorization document EAD card

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO  PHILIPPINES 
1st 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01OCT17 01JUN18 01JUN18
2nd C 15JUN15 C 22MAY09 C C
3rd C 08AUG15 C 01OCT09 C 01JUL17
Other Workers C 01JUN08 C 01OCT09 C 01JUL17
4th C C 01MAY16 C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 01MAY16 C C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01OCT14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01OCT14 C C C C

Here is the final action date the green card receiving date of family based action category

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 01JUN11 01JUN11 01JUN11 01AUG97 22DEC06
F2A 22AUG16 22AUG16 22AUG16 01AUG16 22AUG16
F2B 22NOV11 22NOV11 22NOV11 15MAY97 15MAY07
F3 15JUN06 15JUN06 15JUN06 22DEC95 08JUN95
F4 15FEB05 15FEB05 01MAY04 22JAN98 08JUN95

Here is the cut-off date for filing green card in family based category :

Family-
Sponsored 
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES 
F1 08MAR12 08MAR12 08MAR12 08OCT98 15FEB08
F2A 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17 01DEC17
F2B 22MAR14 22MAR14 22MAR14 22JUN97 15DEC07
F3 08JAN07 08JAN07 08JAN07 22DEC98 01JUN97
F4 01JUN05 01JUN05 01JAN05 22JUN98 08APR96

I-485 Medical Test I-693 Tips

As priority date progresses at a faster pace, medical examination I-693a mandatory report to be submitted alongwith I-485 documents has become indispensible. Many are of assumption that they can meet doctor after it becomes current. As february is a short month it is wise to start the medical exams right now. Here are few tips while going for medical exam. We’ll blog more on this topic as it is very crucial
1) The report is valid for 1 year
2) Most vaccinations addressed are valid for 5 to 10 years
3) Use Latest version of I-693 form available at 11/10/2011
4) Read vacinations norms in uscis website to make sure that vaccination dosages are in sync
5) Start with under skin TB test. In 72 hours need for chest x-ray will be determined. Go for blood sampling in the middle two days. This is used to determine what vaccinations are needed. Note that all vaccinations are not mandatory
6) It takes about 10 whole days for this process to be completed. Appointments are minimal. Plan accordingly
Do I need to take all vaccines for I-485
Many applicants and even uscis approved civil surgeons are of this wrong assumption. Actually speaking this is not the case.  A civil surgeon with most recent updates will follow the right procedure
1) Perform blood sample test to determine need of vaccines
2) Based on level of immunity civil surgeons determine the vaccines needed to be administered
3) Influenza, Hepatitis A+B(twin vaccines), tetanus are mandate – These three can be administered in a single day
4) MMR, polio, vericella, rotovirus etc are all optional as mandated by CDC
5) If you happened to stay outside USA for more days, doctor will probably determine need for more vaccines
Follow these simple guidelines and save money as most of these are not covered by major insurance companies
I-693 What will doctors do
Here are the simple preocedural steps that a USCIS approved civil surgeon will follow while completing your I-693 form needed for I-485 approval
1) Collect personal details that needs to be entered onto I-693 form
2) Collect details on how long you have been outside USA. This helps them determine if additional test and vaccines are needed as mandated by CDC
3) Start with under skin TB text. Result of this can be known in 72 hours
4) If positive the applicant needs to undergo chest X-ray. Note that we can proceed to vaccinations if it turns out to be negative
5) Go for a blood sampling test to determine the level of immunity and vaccines to be administered
6) Based on blood sample result and x-ray result which comes in 3 days time(max), doctor determines list of vaccines to be administered
7) Influenza/flu,tetanus, hepatits A , hepatitis B (can be administered as twin vaccines) (first dose of hepatitis vaccine is sufficient for I-485 filing) – can be taken in single shot
8) Note that if you have a vaccine record that is less than 10 years old say if you’d have done this for F1 visa, B1 visa that can be made use of. No need of new vaccination
9) MMR, varicella, rotovirus etc will be determined on an as needed basis by Physician
Over and above all important to note that make use of latest copy of I-693 form published on November 10th 2011
Gather results in a sealed envelope and have this sent to attorney
Are I-693 vaccinations x-ray insurance covered
Many are of this confusion. Speak to your insurance provider. Just mention that you need to do cheast x-ray for TB and vaccination administration based on doctor’s prescription. Noe that they are covered by major insurance providers. And you can use your FSA as well. Don’t waster money.Keep reading for much needed interesting posts.

Changing Job Versus Profession After Green Card approval

2018 happens to be a GC avalanche approval year and many are really concerned about changing their job in 24 hours considering the pay rate and such issues.
So, what is changing job vs changing profession? Is my promotion again going to be affected because of this?
Simple answer is no. Before GC if there is a promotion say from developer to manager profile, it needs new labour filing. Now it is no longer needed
Pay rises are absolutely acceptable
Only caveat is say you ar ein IT and want to change to say garmetn sale business it is not possible until naturalization (become US citizen).
Some discussion on 6 month retention after getting GC
There is no law or binding officially available though it is recommended to have a consultaiton with attorney.
Note : This is a post based on information collected from some of my friends and attorney who are related to GC processing. Please don’t take it as a final notice and we are not responsible for this. Have consultation with proper attorneys before proceeding further

July 2018 visa bulletin EB2 moves to March 15h 2009 EB3 moves to 1st November 2008

July 2018 visa bulletin EB2 moves to March 15h 2009 EB3 moves to 1st November 2008. This is a much awaited movement in EB2 and EB3 categories. With this kind of movement EB2 India is expected to hit May 2010 deadline before December 2018 visa bulletin

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES VIETNAM
1st C 01JAN12 C 01JAN12 C C C
2nd C 01JAN15 C 15MAR09 C C C
3rd C 01JAN13 C 01NOV08 C 01JAN17 C
Other Workers C 01MAY07 C 01NOV08 C 01JAN17 C
4th C C 08FEB16 C 08FEB16 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 08FEB16 C 08FEB16 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01AUG14 C C C C 01AUG14

 

June 2018 visa bulletin released on may 10th 2018

June 2018 visa bulletin showing priority date movement has been released on may 10th 2018. EB2 India moved by 4 days. EB3 India has shown slight movement

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES VIETNAM
1st C 01JAN12 C 01JAN12 C C C
2nd C 01SEP14 C 26DEC08 C C C
3rd C 01JUN15 C 01MAY08 C 01JAN17 C
Other Workers C 01MAY07 C 01MAY08 C 01JAN17 C
4th C C 15DEC15 C 22OCT16 C C
Certain Religious Workers C C 15DEC15 C 22OCT16 C C
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 01AUG14 C C C C 01AUG14
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
C 01AUG14 C C C C 01AUG14

 

LIC policy for green card holders

Green card the much enticing residential status in countries like USA, permanent residency status in canada, blue card status in Europe to name a few offers plethora of benefits. In addition it closes plenty of investment avenues to Indians who can otherwise avail it as an NRI (say in temporary work visa rather than permanent residential status)
So, LIC policy an enticing insurance investment run by government of India is not open to green card holders. So, if you are an NRI planning to settle in foreign land it is advisable not to go for LIC policies
Why should I not go with LIC policy?
Most of these policies are life based (i.e) will give full benefits in case of unexpected event like death or say after its maturity tenure called policy term. Most of it is well above 5 years.
In case of a usa immigrant say for example the person can choose to maintain H1B status for 6 years maximum. In current scenario people file their GC on first or second month of USA arrival to get their GC 5 years down the line. In case of canada it is just 2+years to obtain a permanent residency. Considering these factors, it is advisable not to go for LIC policies
I already hold a LIC policy. What should I do?
If that be the case calculate your surrender value and this is the amount you can expect after getting GC/permanent resident status
Surrender value = (number of term paid/policy term)*Sum assured + (sum assured/1000)*bonus
For calculating bonus, refer to chart released by LIC each year
Where do I get details on LIC bonus chart?
LIC bonus details are accessible when we log into our LIC profile with online registered user account. This gets deposited once the bonus is declared on an annual basis
Is bonus taxable at India?
Though many auditor say it is taxable if surrendered before the term it is advisable to contact your auditor in India to get details on income tax policy
Is there a reliable link on LIC website that talks more on this?
Yes. There was a link in lic website talking more on this
Please refer to the following question :
Are Green Card holders and Foreign Nationals of Indian Origin treated as NRIs?
No, Green Card holders and Foreign Nationals of Indian origin are not treated as NRIs for the purpose of allowing Insurance. They are treated as Foreigners and the underwriting rules as those prescribed for foreigners will be applicable. As of date this link is not available. IF you have any questions contact LIC helpline
Got GC/Citizenship Invested in India LIC – Alert Read on :
This is GC season. Many were uncertain about their future and had their investment made in India in safe instruments like LIC policies. LIC proved to be an excellent tax saver tool, hefty bonus returns and was an enticing option around 2005-2009.
If you’ve already invested in LIC or planning to invest in LIC policy it would be right time to reconsider your investment. As per guidelines from LIC india investment in LIC is not open to green card holders, US Citizens.
Norms that provide full details can be obtained from LIC website

February 2018 visa bulletin EB2 shows little movement to december 2008 EB3 at deember 2006 for India

February 2018 visa bulletin EB2 shows little movement to december 2008 EB3 at deember 2006 for India

Employment-
based
All Chargeability
Areas Except
Those Listed
CHINA-
mainland
born
EL SALVADOR
GUATEMALA
HONDURAS
INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C C
2nd C 01OCT13 C 08DEC08 C C
3rd C 15SEP14 C 01DEC06 C 01MAR16
Other Workers C 01FEB07 C 01DEC06 C 01MAR16
4th C C 01DEC15 C 22JUN16 C
Certain Religious Workers U U U U U U
5th Non-Regional Center
(C5 and T5)
C 22JUL14 C C C C
5th Regional Center
(I5 and R5)
U U U U U U