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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

August 2014 Visa Bulletin - India EB-2 advances 4.5 months; China EB3 advances 2 years

In August, India's Employment Second (EB-2) continues its forward movement to January 22, 2009 after July's 45.5 month advancement.  However, the State Department warns that heavy visa demand and case backlog will likely result in some retrogression in this visa category within the next few months. China's Employment Third (EB-3) advances 25 months to November 1, 2008.  This category retrogresses recently due to the large number of "upgrades" from the EB-2 category.  However, the demand for visas has declined during the two months.  The State Department expects advancement in EB-3 China to continue in September.

For family immigration, F2A (spouses and children of permanent residents) remains unchanged at May 1,2 2012 for most countries. F2B advances 60 days to July 1, 2007 for China, India and Other Countries.   F1 Philippines moves forward by 17 months to June 1, 2004.

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
04/22/07
04/22/07
04/22/07
04/08/94
06/01/04
F2A
05/01/12
05/01/12
05/01/12
03/15/11
05/01/12
F2B
07/01/07
07/01/07
07/01/07
04/01/94
10/08/03
F3
11/15/03
11/15/03
11/15/03
09/15/93
04/15/93
F4
01/01/02
01/01/02
01/01/02
01/01/97
01/22/91

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
10/08/09
01/22/09
C
C
EB3
04/01/11
11/01/08
11/08/03
04/01/11
06/10/10
Other Workers
04/01/11
07/22/05
11/08/03
04/01/11
06/01/10
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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