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Friday, March 11, 2011

April 2011 Visa Bulletin: Retregression for USC’s Sons and Daughters

 
For April’s Visa Bulletin, “continued heavy applicant demand for numbers in the Family First (F1) preference category has required the retrogression of the Worldwide, China-mainland born, and India cut-off date for the month of April,” according to the State Department.  Yes, indeed. All three F1 cut-off dates retrogress eight months from Jan. 1, 2005 to May 1, 2004.  The F1 preference category is for unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens, with about 23,000 available visa numbers per year. The good news is that Family Second (F-2A) finally moves forward by four months to April 1, 2007 for Worldwide, China, India, and Philippines.  F2A Mexico advances six months to July 1, 2006.  The F2A visa category (legal residents’ spouses) have suffered major retrogression recently.   However, the State Department commented that further retrogression is possible for other family preference categories in the future based on the current level of visa usage. 

On the employment side, while EB2 China advances two weeks to July 22, 2006, EB2 India remains unchanged at May 8, 2006.  It should be noted that EB2 India has not moved for more than six months now.  For EB3, there are some forward movements across the board:  Worldwide and Philippines move forward by three weeks to July 22, 2005; China nicely advances five weeks to March 1, 2004; India leaps forward by three weeks to April 8, 2002;  Mexico moves forward by four  months to May 8, 2004; but the Philippines only advances 21 days to July 22, 2005.
 FAMILY
Other Countries
 China
 India
Mexico
Philippines
 F-1
01MAY04
01MAY04
01MAY04
15FEB93
01APR95
 F-2A
01APR07
01APR07
01APR07
01JUL06
01APR07
 F-2B
15APR03
15APR03
15APR03
15JUL92
01DEC99
  F-3
15MAR01
15MAR01
15MAR01
08NOV92
01JAN92
 F-4
01FEB00
01JAN00
01FEB00
01FEB96
08MAR88

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
 India
Mexico
Philippines
 EB-1
C
C
C
C
C
 EB-2
C
22JUL06
08MAY06
C
C
 EB-3
22JUL05
01MAR04
08APR02
08MAY04
22JUL05
 Other Workers
22JUL03
22APR03
08APR02
22JUL03
22JUL03
 EB-4
C
C
C
C
C
Religious
C
C
C
C
C
 EB-5
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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