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Monday, May 18, 2015

June 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India and China Advance; EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses

In the June 2015 Visa Bulletin, there are major movements in the employment categories.  On the positive side, the employment-based, second preference (EB2) category for India and China continues to advance significantly - EB-2 India by 5 1/2 months and EB-2 China by 12 months. However, the State Department had warned that EB-2 India's forward movement may slow down or even stop in the summer. 

On the other hand, EB-3 Philippines move back by 2 1/2 years to January 1, 2005 after last months' 7-year retrogression.  Recent heavy visa demands in this category requires drastic adjustment of the cutoff date to control visa usage. Filipino applicants with current priority dates should submit their I-485 adjustment applications before June 1, 2015.  

EB-5 China continues to have a cutoff date of May 1, 2013.

There are some moderate forward movements in the family visa categories.  Please see below for details.

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
09/01/07
09/01/07
09/01/07
11/15/94
03/01/00
F2A
10/01/13
10/01/13
10/01/13
08/08/13
10/01/13
F2B
09/15/08
09/15/08
09/15/08
04/08/95
05/01/04
F3
02/22/04
02/22/04
02/22/04
04/15/94
08/15/93
F4
09/08/02
09/08/02
09/08/02
03/01/97
11/08/91

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
06/01/13
10/01/08
C
C
EB3
02/15/15
09/01/11
01/22/04
02/15/15
01/01/05
Other Workers
02/15/15
01/01/06
01/22/04
02/15/15
01/01/05
EB4
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
C
05/01/13
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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