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Saturday, November 8, 2014

December 2014 Visa Bulletin: Employment 3rd continues advancement

In December's Visa Bulletin, the headline news is Employment 3rd's continuing advancement.  Most EB-3 categories advance handsomely: EB-3 Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries advance four (4) months to November 1, 2012 while EB-3 China moves forward by six (6) months to June 1, 2010 after last month's 8-month jump.  (See November 2014 Visa Bulletin.)  However, EB-3 India moves forward by only one (1) week to December 1, 2003.

Similarly, EB-2 India remains unchanged while EB-2 China advances.

EB-2 and EB-3 India applicants must continue to be patient as retrogression and backlog will likely continue for the coming months.

EB-3 China applicants whose priority dates have become current should file for their green card (I-485) applications as soon as possible.  EB-2 China applicants should once again consider "downgrading" to EB-3 to take advantage of the earlier cut-off dates.

Family-based categories generally advance in December.  Family 1st China and India advance two (2) weeks to June 22, 2007.  F-1 Philippines moves forward by six (6) weeks to December 15, 2004.  F-1 Mexico moves forward by five (5) weeks to August 15, 1994.    Family 2A advances three (3) weeks for most countries to March 22, 2013 except Mexico, which moves forward by three (3) months to January 1, 2013.


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

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
01/01/10
02/15/05
C
C
EB3
11/01/12
06/01/10
12/01/03
11/01/12
11/01/12
Other Workers
11/01/12
07/22/05
12/01/03
11/01/12
11/01/12
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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