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Friday, February 20, 2015

March 2015 Visa Bulletin - India EB-2 advances 16 months

In the March 2015 Visa Bulletin recently released by the U.S. State Department, the headline news is the significant advances in several employment categories. Employment Second (EB-2) India jumps forward significantly by 16 months.  EB-2 China advances 4.5 months. EB-3 China advances by seven (7) weeks.

Charles Oppenheim of the State Department discussed about the pros and cons of advancing the cut-off date for EB-2 India in December.  Apparently, a decision was made to advance this category, as shown by the significant advancements in February's and March's Visa Bulletins.

The family visa categories continue to advance modestly.  Family 2A (spouse and children of legal residents) move forward by six (6) weeks for China, India, Philippines, and Other Countries.  Please see below for details. 

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
08/01/07
08/01/07
08/01/07
10/22/94
02/01/05
F2A
06/22/13
06/22/13
06/22/13
05/22/13
06/22/13
F2B
07/08/08
07/08/08
07/08/08
01/01/95
03/22/04
F3
01/22/04
01/22/04
01/22/04
02/22/94
08/01/93
F4
05/15/02
05/15/02
05/15/02
06/01/97
09/08/91

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
09/01/10
01/01/07
C
C
EB3
06/01/14
10/22/11
01/01/04
06/01/14
06/01/14
Other Workers
06/01/14
08/15/05
01/01/04
06/01/14
06/01/14
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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