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Thursday, August 11, 2011

September Visa Bulletin: F2A Advances; EB-2 India, China Stagnant

 The September 2011 Visa Bulletin has been released by the State Department. On the employment side, there is not much movement.  As the FY2011 is coming to an end, many employment visa beneficiaries were hoping that there would be some nice movements in EB-2 and EB-3 preference categories.  However, for September, both Eb-2 China and Eb-2 India remain unchanged at 15 April 2007, although EB-3 and Other Workers have some small movements. 

Things are mixed on the family side.  F1 is unchanged again for China, India and the Other Countries but  advances more than six months and one week respectively for Philippines and Mexico.  There are some significant movements in F2A (lawful residents' spouses and children).  F2A has advanced more than four months for China, India, Philippines and the Other Countries to 1 December 2008.  F2A Mexico also moves forward to 22 September 2008. 

Family
Other Countries
CHINA-
mainland born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
F1
01MAY04
01MAY04
01MAY04
15MAR93
01NOV96
F2A
01DEC08
01DEC08
01DEC08
22SEP08
01DEC08
F2B
01JUL03
01JUL03
01JUL03
01NOV92
22MAR01
F3
22AUG01
22AUG01
22AUG01
22NOV92
15MAY92
F4
15APR00
15APR00
15APR00
22MAR96
08JUL88

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 born
INDIA
MEXICO
PHILIPPINES
EB1
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
C
15APR07
15APR07
C
C
EB3
22NOV05
15JUL04
08JUL02
22NOV05
22NOV05
Other Workers
01AUG05
22APR03
01JUN02
01AUG05
01AUG05
EB4
C
C
C
C
C
Religious Workers
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
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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