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Monday, December 15, 2014

January 2015 Visa Bulletin

The recently released first Visa Bulletin of 2015 continues with the trend of recent months. Employment Third categories continue to advance.

EB-3 advances seven (7) months to June 1, 2013 for Philippines, Mexico and Other Countries.

EB-3 China advances nine (9) months to Mar. 1, 2011, far exceeding EB-2 China, which only moves forward by one (1) month to Feb. 1, 2010.  Hence it is now again possible for qualified Chinese applicants to convert or downgrade from EB-2 to EB-3 in order to obtain their green cards faster.   EB-2 India remains unchanged.

Family immigration continues to advance steadily.  Family 2A moves forward by three (3) weeks to April 15, 2013 for China, India, Philippines and Other Countries. F-2B moves forward by about one (1) month to April 1, 2008 for China, India and Other Countries. F-4 also advances one (1) month for most countries.




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

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
02/01/10
02/15/05
C
C
EB3
06/01/13
03/01/11
12/15/03
06/01/13
06/01/13
Other Workers
06/01/13
07/22/05
12/15/03
06/01/13
06/01/13
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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