US Visa Updates

The New York Times has reported that about 300,000 applications were filed by skilled workers and professionals from July 1 to August 17, 2007. This figure was extremely high compared to a monthly average of 54,700 applications filed before July.

The dramatic increase was due to the increase of filing fees effective July 30, 2007 and the reversal of the USCIS July 2 memo rejecting adjustment of status applications whose priority dates were current under the July 2007 visa bulletin.

While the adjustment applicants may be entitled to interim benefits such as employment authorization, the high volume of applications will certainly prolong their wait time for their green cards due to the annual limits imposed by law on the preference categories.

Source: OFW Guide

Three hundred thousand is a massive figure alright. It just goes to show that the United States is still the ultimate destination for most migrants. But looking at the huge backlog because of this increase, why don’t applicants try to explore and consider other first world countries to migrate to and save themselves a lot of time? Just my two cents. 😉

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3 thoughts on “US Visa Updates”

  1. Hello!

    I agree. I do believe that racial discrimination is more common in smaller towns where change is slower than most. There’s this thing called “parochial mindset” as opposed to “cosmopolitan mindset”. In a small town, people expect you to fit into their culture, or you become an outcast. In bigger cities, you are either very famous or you are anonymous.

  2. Thank you for your thoughts on this, mace. :)

    I just think people should expand their horizons more. Not everything that you hear about a certain place can be true. In fact, I had the same notion as you do before I migrated here in Australia. But it turns out, some are just misconceptions. Yes, the cost of living is high here but we benefit so much from the government. The pay for skilled professionals are not that bad as well. And so far, I have never experienced racial discrimination here as this is a land of migrants. Bottom line is, in order for you to make correct judgments about a certain place, you need to live in the place itself. Just my two cents (once again). :smile:

  3. Why explore other 1st world countries, where racial discretion is rampant and cost of living is very high.
    for me US is still the pot of gold at the of the rainbow. 😛

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