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What happened in July 2007 ?

July 2, 2007 brought an unprecedented event in the immigration world. The July 2007 Visa Bulletin, posted by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in mid-June 2007, announced the news that all employment-based categories would be current. But, just as filings were set to begin, the DOS stopped accepting the applications and revised the Visa Bulletin so that no one could file as USCIS claimed all the 60,000 visas were used up.

Violating their own long-standing policy and procedure in issuing only monthly Visa Bulletins, the DOS issued a "revised" July Visa Bulletin on July 2, 2007; the very first day that cases could be filed with the USCIS under the July 2007 Visa Bulletin.

Immigrationvoice and the Flower Campaign

Immigrationvoice urged its members to send flowers to USCIS headquarters in Washington DC on 10th, 11th and 12th July, 2009. This gesture on part of half a million legal skilled immigrants was intended to raise awareness on the profound impact of visa backlogs on the lives and careers of these individuals and their families. In addition to that, they have incurred financial losses and have gone through a lot of stress due to reversal of July visa bulletin and the USCIS actions that caused the bulletin reversal.

Ultimately, USCIS reversed the July 2007 Visa Bulletin to the original version (i.e. all employment based categories current for all countries of chargeability) which enabled thousands of EB applicants to submit their I-485/EAD/AP applications. This event is usually referred to as the "July 2007 Immigrant Visa Fiasco" or the Summer 2007 rush of I485 applications.


IV Flower Campaign

Media coverage on flower campaign

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