Thanks to protests in flowers, tens of thousands of emails sent to senators and congressfolk (atleast one of whom grilled Chertoff), a rally in San Jose and the threat of lawsuits, the USCIS finally retracted its amendment to the July Visa bulletin and is accepting applications from everyone who was current in the July Visa bulletin until Aug 17. The fees still go up on Jul 31, however.

For the complete story, visit BusinessWeek’s Coverage

Update: The fees only go up if you do not qualify to apply in the July Bulletin.