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Immigration News - August 16, 2007

August 16, 2007

The Immigration Practice Group

* Department of State's September Visa Bulletin

* Save the Date - Important Immigration Seminar on September 26 & 27

Department of State's September Visa Bulletin

The September Visa Bulletin issued by the Department of State (DOS) announced certain immigrant visa availability for September. In light of the unavailability of immigrant visa numbers during August, this development was not generally expected. However, DOS has indicated that the numbers are available due to the return of unused July numbers by consular posts abroad and due to the limited number of pending cases eligible for final processing at consular posts abroad.

The cut-off date for employment-based first preference (EB-1) cases for all countries is January 1, 2007. The cut-off date employment-based second preference (EB-2) cases is January 1, 2007 for all countries except for China, which has a cut-off of January 1, 2006, and India, which has a cut-off of April 1, 2004. With respect to employment-based third preference (EB-3) cases, the general cut-off is August 1, 2002, but no immigrant visas are available for persons from China, India and Mexico.

SAVE THE DATE Important Immigration Seminar on September 26 & 27
The Global Personnel Alliance (GPA) and Paul Hastings will sponsor a seminar on Global Immigration Issues, to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 26 & 27. The seminar will focus on the major developments over the past year and will feature speakers from Capitol Hill, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. For further information see: http://www.paulhastings.com/eventDetail.aspx?eventId=417

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