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With the ever-evolving landscape of immigration policies and regulations, it is essential to stay informed about the latest updates that may significantly impact your immigration journey. In this article, we will discuss the potential implications of unused family-based visa numbers from 2020 on the availability of employment-based visa numbers in fiscal year 2021.
Understanding Visa Numbers
Visa numbers play a crucial role in determining the availability of immigrant visas, which allow foreign nationals to enter the United States permanently. The U.S. government allocates a limited number of visas each year, categorized into different preference categories, including family-based and employment-based visas.
In a given fiscal year, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) sets numerical limits for each category, ensuring an equitable distribution of visas among the eligible applicants. Unused visa numbers from one category are allowed to spill over to other categories, creating potential opportunities for applicants.
Family-based Visa Numbers
Family-based visas are allocated to immediate relatives of U.S. citizens, as well as certain close relatives in preference categories. These visas are essential for promoting family reunification and enabling eligible individuals to join their loved ones in the United States. However, there are instances where the available family-based visa numbers remain unused.
In 2020, due to various factors such as travel restrictions and processing delays caused by the global pandemic, a significant number of family-based visa numbers may have remained unutilized. As a result, there is a possibility that these unused visa numbers could be reallocated and utilized for employment-based visas in the following fiscal year.
Employment-based Visa Numbers
The employment-based visa categories are designed to attract highly skilled workers and fulfill the labor market needs of the United States. These categories include the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 visas, among others. Each category has its own requirements and preference system.
If the unused family-based visa numbers from the previous year spill over to employment-based visa categories, it can potentially make the fiscal year 2021 employment-based visa numbers "current" for all preference categories. This means that eligible applicants in employment-based categories may experience faster processing times and a higher likelihood of receiving their visas.
How to Navigate the Visa Process
Navigating the visa process can be complex and overwhelming, especially with the potential changes in visa availability. It is essential to seek professional guidance to ensure a smooth and successful journey. The Deng Law Firm specializes in immigration and visa services, providing expertise and tailored solutions to meet our clients' needs.
Our team of experienced immigration attorneys stays up-to-date with the latest developments in immigration law, including visa number allocations. We offer comprehensive legal advice, document preparation, and representation throughout the visa application process.
Contact The Deng Law Firm
If you require assistance with your immigration or visa matters, The Deng Law Firm is here to help. Our dedicated team is committed to providing personalized and effective solutions to individuals and families navigating the complex immigration landscape.
With our expertise in law and government, specifically immigration and visas, we have helped numerous clients achieve their immigration goals. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us guide you toward a successful immigration journey.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Consult with an immigration attorney for personalized advice tailored to your specific situation.