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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

August 2010 Visa Bulletin: Advancements in Family and Employment



The State Department publishes the Visa Bulletin every month to advise the public the availability of immigrant visa numbers in each preference category.  The first table is for family-based immigration and the second for employment-based.  If the priority date printed on the receipt of your petition is before the cut-off date in your category, then you’re eligible for an immigrant visa.  “C” means there are visas for all applicants, and “U” means visas are unavailable.

For August, as previously advised by the State Department, most employment preference categories have some nice forward movements.  The third preference “other workers” category has advanced for almost one year, after having been stagnant for most of the fiscal year.  For family petitions, most categories (except Mexico) have advanced at least four months.

 FAMILY
Other Countries
 China (Mainland)
 India
 Mexico        
 Philippines
Dom. Republic
 F-1
 2005/8/1
 2005/8/1
 2005/8/1
 1992/11/15
 1996/1/1
 2005/8/1
 F-2A
 2009/3/1
 2009/3/1
 2009/3/1
 2008/3/1
 2009/3/1
 2008/3/1
 F-2B
 2004/1/1
 2004/1/1
 2004/1/1
 1992/6/15
 2001/8/1
 2004/1/1
  F-3
 2002/1/1
 2002/1/1
 2002/1/1
 1992/3/1
 1994/5/1
 2002/1/1
 F-4
 2001/6/1
 2001/6/1
 2001/6/1
 1994/1/1
 1990/4/1
 2001/6/1

1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

EMPLOYMENT
Other Countries
 China (Mainland)
 India
 Mexico         
 Philippines
Dom. Republic
 EB-1
C
C
C
C
C
C
 EB-2
C
2006/3/1
2006/3/1
C
C
C
 EB-3
2004/6/1
2003/9/22
2002/1/1
U
2004/6/1                    
2004/6/1
 Other Workers
2002/5/15
2002/5/15
2002/1/1
U
2002/5/15                  
2002/5/15                   
 EB-4
C
C
C
C
C
C
Religious
C
C
C
C
C
C
 EB-5
C
C
C
C
C
C
1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers, outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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