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Saturday, March 8, 2014

April 2014 Visa Bulletin: Employment 3rd & Family 2B Advance

In April's Visa Bulletin, the advancement in EB-3 continues for most countries except India, which remains unchanged at 09/15/2003.  EB-3 China, Mexico and Other Countries advance one months to 10/01/2012. Many of our clients are taking advantage of the recent rapid movement in the EB-3 visa category to speed up their green card application process.  Some of them have already filed their I-485 applications.  EB-3 Philippines move forward by one month to 06/15/2007.  EB-2 China advances to 03/08/09 while EB-2 India remains unchanged at 11/15/2004. 

Family-based immigration also advance moderately for many visa categories.  Most significantly, Family 2B advance seven weeks to 10/22/2006 for China, India and Other Countries.  Family First (F-1) China, and India advance to 02/22/2007.  F-1 Philippines move forward by about two and a half months to 11/01/2001.  Unfortunately, F-2A is once again unchanged for most countries in April.


FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
02/22/07
02/22/07
02/22/07
11/01/93
11/01/01
F2A
09/08/13
09/08/13
09/08/13
04/15/12
09/08/13
F2B
10/22/06
10/22/06
10/22/06
05/01/93
06/08/03
F3
07/15/03
07/15/03
07/15/03
06/22/93
02/22/93
F4
11/22/01
11/22/01
11/22/01
11/22/96
10/01/90

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
EB1
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
C
03/08/09
11/15/04
C
C
EB3
10/01/12
10/01/12
09/15/03
10/01/12
06/15/07
Other Workers
10/01/12
10/01/12
09/15/03
10/01/12
06/15/07
EB4
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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