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Monday, April 14, 2014

May 2014 Visa Bulletin: Family 2A may retrogress

In May, family-based immigration advances moderately for the 1st preference category. Most significantly, F-1 Philippines advances three (3) months to 02/01/2002.  F2A (spouses and children of permanent residents) remains unchanged for all countries including China and India.  Unfortunately, the State Department expects that F2A cut-off dates will actually retrogress within the next few months because the demand has continued to increase dramatically for this visa category.

On the employment side, EB-2 China advances five (5) weeks to 04/15/2009 while India remains stuck at 11/15/2004. Significantly, EB-3 Philippines moves forward by more than three (3) months to 11/01/2007.   EB-3 India moves forward slowly by two (2) weeks to 10/01/2003.  The sluggishness of India's priority dates will likely continue until the next the fiscal year begins.

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

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
04/15/09
11/15/04
C
C
EB3
10/01/12
10/01/12
10/01/03
10/01/12
11/01/07
Other Workers
10/01/12
10/01/12
10/01/03
10/01/12
11/01/07
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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