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The advice column that answers immigration-related questions about working at technology companies is called "DEAR SOCIETY"

A Silicon Valley immigration attorney says that your questions are vital to the spread of knowledge that allows people all over the world to rise above borders. I would be happy to answer your questions in my next column.

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I would like to ask you a question, DearSophie.

I worry about all the layoffs. I need to take control of my own life now that I am safe. Is it possible for me to apply for my own visas without my employer's help?

Silicon is stressed.

I am stressed out.

I applaud you for taking the first step towards figuring out your immigration future.

Since recent developments affect the timing for the two green cards that individuals can apply for on their own, I'm going to take your question about green cards first. Without an employer sponsor or even a job offer, individuals can apply for the visas.

The Visa Bulletin shows which green card applications can move forward based on the number of green cards available in each category and the number of individuals born in certain countries with high levels of immigration to the U

The State Department's Final Action dates or Dates for Filing are used to determine whether or not an adjustment of status application will be accepted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. The dates for filing will be used to calculate the I-485 adjustment of status applications.

File for EB-1 NOW!

If you're eligible to apply for an EB-1A green card, you should file your application as soon as possible. Even though the green card category remains current in December for all individuals regardless of where they were born, that is expected to change for individuals born in India or China.

Cut-off dates for people born in India and China will be imposed by the State Department due to high demand for green cards and a decrease in numbers. Now is the time to speak to your immigration attorney about moving quickly.

140,000 employment-based green cards are available each fiscal year, plus any unused green cards from the previous fiscal year. There will be 197,000 green cards available this fiscal year, compared to 281,507 last year, according to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. Increasing the cap on the number of employment-based green cards available each year and eliminating the per-country cap on employment-based green cards requires action from Congress.