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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Visa Bulletin - February 2015 - EB-2 India advances 6.5 months

In the newly released Visa Bulletin for February 2015, the headlines news is the 6.5-month advancement in EB-2 India to September 1, 2005.  Additionally the State Department also predicts that EB-2 India will advance four to six months per month in the coming Visa Bulletins.  This is indeed good news for Indian nationals with pending green card cases.  If their priority dates are current, they should file their Form I-485 application to adjust status as soon as possible.  

Additionally, EB-3 and "Other Workers" categories also advance six to seven months for most countries including China, Mexico and Philippines, except India.  EB-3 China continues to advance rapidly to September 1, 2011, far surpassing EB-2 China.  Hence, qualified Chinese applicants may convert or downgrade from EB-2 to EB-3 in order to obtain their green cards faster.   

Family immigration categories continue to advance modestly.   Family 1st moves forward by two weeks for China, India, and Other Countries.   F2A moves forward by three weeks for China, India, Philippines and Other Countries.

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

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
03/15/10
09/01/05
C
C
EB3
01/01/14
09/01/11
12/22/03
01/01/14
01/01/14
Other Workers
01/01/14
08/15/05
12/22/03
01/01/14
01/01/14
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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