The Department of State has just released the December Visa Bulletin. Ordinarily the VB is released around the 15th of the month so this is a little early.
The dates for employment based categories are:
EB1: all Current
EB2: all Current, except China (01Jun04) and India (01Jun03)
EB3: all 01May05, except China(01Feb02), India(01Oct01), and Mexico(01Sept02)
As expected, these dates are unchanged from last month’s VB.
On November 4, the US public elected Barack Obama as its newest President. President Obama’s term starts January 20, 2009. Between now and then the Congress may consider a Lame Duck Session during which there is a small chance that the long-standing HR 5294 is acted on. Failing that, Congress will return in January and begin the process of new legislation.
It is expected that the Democrat heavy Congress immediately will get to work on a number of important bills, such as economic stimulation, taxation, and healthcare. Of particular note is March 6, 2009 when the federal government’s current funding runs dry. Sometime between now and then Congress must pass appropriations measures. These measures often contain special legislation. We certainly hope that the Congress considers a Schedule A retrogression-lifting bill. The CTIHS and AAIHR have already engaged a lobbying team to push these issues to the new Congress. If you are interested in helping the cause, please let us know.
Christopher T. Musillo of the Hammond Law Group is a partner at the law firm. He had served as an Associate since his graduation from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1998. Prior to law school, Chris spent three years working for a mid-sized New York City Financial Consulting firm. He is a graduate of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.