If a version of the Immigration Senate Bills passes, it will speed up the backlog of EB-3 Employment Based Visas. Some of clients are filing the EB-3 green card application hoping they may receive a green card within four years if the new immigration law passes. The present EB-3 backlog varies based on the nationality of the EB-3 applicant. The Department of State Visa Bulletin lists the exact numbers each month The new immigration reform bill wants to change employment based green cards into a point system for permanent residency applications, so US CIS will want to speed up and clear out all permanent residency applications under the old system. This allows all EB-3 applicants from all countries and EB-2 applicants from China, India, and the Philippines to speed up their permanent residency applications if the new immigration reform bill is passed. We are encouraging all of our clients to file and get applications into the present system before the new immigration reform bills are passed. All EB-3 and EB-2 applicants who file under the presents system will have the option to file a new application under the new point based immigration system if their immigration attorney believes that their employment case will be approved faster than the present immigration system. Simply stated, an applicant can have numerous immigration applications in the US CIS. It is common of our clients to apply under the EB-3 status, and once they receive their master degree, to apply under the EB-2 status. There is no downside in applying for multiple Employment based permanent residency applications.
Andrew P. Johnson, New York City Immigration Lawyer, has practiced immigration law over 15 years; he has published with the ABA and American Immigration Lawyers Association, and has been interviewed by CBS, New York Times, and New York Daily News. He can be reached for questions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or 212 693-3355.