The presumed immigration restrictionist moles inside the DHS whom Immigration Daily's September 25 editorial predicted would try to change the October 2015 visa bulletin in order to force many immigrants, especially from India and China, to wait longer in order to file for adjustment of status have apparently won out.

On the same day, September 25, DHS issued a revised October visa bulletin which significantly moves back I-485 filing acceptance priority dates in certain popular categories. This will come as bad news to many applicants from India, China and the Philippines.

Employment 2nd preference immigrants from China, who would have been able to file for adjustment of status next month without regard to their priority date, according to the earlier version of the October 2015 visa bulletin, have now had their the filing acceptance priority date moved back to January 1, 2013.

For India, the news is even worse, as the filing acceptance date priority for the EB-2 category has been moved back all the way to July 1, 2009. For the Philippines the I-485 filing acceptance dates for the EB-3 and Other Workers categories have been moved back to January 1, 2010.

What benefit the United States could imaginably gain by forcing legal immigrants from certain Asian countries, who in most cases have already been or are waiting to be certified by the US Department of Labor as applicants who will not deprive US workers of a job opportunity, to wait several years longer to apply for work and travel permits, was not explained in the revised Visa Bulletin.

Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

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