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Sunday, September 14, 2014

October 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India unchanged & retrogression expected

In October, there is some nice forward movement in family-based visa categories.  Family First (F1) for China, India and Other Countries all move forward by three (3) weeks to 05/22/07.   F-1 Philippines advances one (1) month to 09/01/04.  Another significant movement is with the Family 2A (spouses and minor children of lawful residents) categories.  F2A advances one (1) month to 02/01/13 for almost all countries; it advances three (3) months for Mexico.  This category was stagnant for many months until recently.  


On the employment side, the headline news is the slowing down of EB-2 India.  This visa category is unchanged in October, and is expected to retrogress as soon as November (next month) due to increased filing of I-485 adjustment applications.  After the publication of the October Visa Bulletin, State Department also announced that the FY2014 visa cap for EB-2 India was reached as of 09/10/2014.  This series of events indicate that the demand for EB-2 India has increased significantly in recent months, most notably due to large number of EB-3 to EB-2 upgrades among Indian applicants.    

On the other hand, EB-2 for China moves forward by five (5) weeks to 11/15/09.  EB-3 China moves forward by five (5) months to 04/01/09.  EB-3 India advances one (1) week to 11/15/2003.  EB-3 Philippines, Mexico and Other Countries advance six (6) months. 



FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
05/22/07
05/22/07
05/22/07
06/22/94
09/01/04
F2A
02/01/13
02/01/13
02/01/13
07/22/12
02/01/13
F2B
07/01/11
07/01/11
07/01/11
08/01/94
12/15/03
F3
12/01/03
12/01/03
12/01/03
10/22/93
06/01/93
F4
01/22/02
01/22/02
01/22/02
02/01/97
04/08/91

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
11/15/09
05/01/09
C
C
EB3
10/01/11
04/01/09
11/15/03
10/01/11
10/01/11
Other Workers
10/01/11
07/22/05
11/15/03
10/01/11
10/01/11
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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