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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

November 2012 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 current for Other Countries, Mexico and Phillippines


It is significant that EB-2 for “Other Countries”, Mexico and Philippines are current in November.  This is very good news in contrast to the cutoff date of Jan. 1, 2012 in October.   EB-2 China also advances six weeks to Sept. 1, 2007. However, EB-2 India is still stuck at the dismal cutoff date of Sept. 1, 2004.  The EB-2 category is expected to be sluggish in general until the current backlog of cases is cleared.  For EB-3, most countries enjoy some advancement in November. 

On the family side, F-1 China, India, “Other Countries” and Mexico all move forward.  Significantly, F-1 Philippines jump forward by fifteen (15) months to July 1, 1997.  F-2A for China, India, Philippines, and “Other Countries” all moves forward by about six weeks to July 15, 2010. Most F-2B visa categories also enjoy forward movements this month.  Please see below for more details.


Family
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
01NOV05
01NOV05
01NOV05
22JUN93
01JUL97
F2A
15JUL10
15JUL10
15JUL10
22JUN10 
15JUL10
F2B
08OCT04
08OCT04
08OCT04
15OCT92
15FEB02
F3
01JUN02
01JUN02
01JUN02
15FEB93
22JUL92
F4
22MAR01
15MAR01
22MAR01
08JUL96
01MAR89

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
1st
C
C
C
C
C
2nd
C
01SEP07
01SEP04
C
C
3rd
22NOV06
15APR06
22OCT02
22NOV06
08AUG06
Other Workers
22NOV06
01JUL03
22OCT02
22NOV06
08AUG06
4th
C
C
C
C
C
5th
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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