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Monday, October 12, 2015

November 2015 Visa Bulletin

The November Visa Bulletin has no significant changes.  As reported last month, the State Department has added a new set of dates for each visa category to advise applicants when they may apply for adjustment of status or an immigrant visa.  The October Visa Bulletin was revised subsequently which significantly retreated some of the filing dates including some EB-2 and EB-3 categories.  A federal judge recently declined to issue a temporary restraining order requiring the USCIS to accept I-485 applications submitted in reliance of of the earlier filing dates published by the State Department. But litigation and advocacy efforts still continue to convince the government to honor the initial October Visa Bulletin.

AD: Dates for Final Action
FD : Dates for Filing Applications

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
02/22/2008
02/22/2008
02/22/2008
12/01/1994
06/01/2002
FD
05/01/2009
05/01/2009
05/01/2009
04/01/1995
09/01/2005
F2A
AD
05/15/2014
05/15/2014
05/15/2014
04/01/2014
05/15/2014
FD
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
F2B
AD
02/08/2009
02/08/2009
02/08/2009
08/22/1995
11/01/2004
FD
07/01/2010
07/01/2010
07/01/2010
04/01/1996
05/01/2005
F3
AD
06/15/2004
06/15/2004
06/15/2004
06/15/1994
10/08/1993
FD
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
05/01/1995
08/01/1995
F4
AD
03/01/2003
03/01/2003
03/01/2003
04/01/1997
06/15/1992
FD
02/01/2004
02/01/2004
02/01/2004
06/01/1998
01/01/1993


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
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB2
AD
C
02/01/2012
08/01/2006
C
C
FD
C
01/01/2013
07/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
08/15/2015
01/01/2012
04/01/2004
08/15/2015
06/15/2007
FD
09/01/2015
10/01/2013
07/01/2005
09/01/2015
01/01/2010
Other Workers
AD
08/15/2015
04/01/2006
04/01/2004
08/15/2015
06/15/2007
FD
09/01/2015
01/01/2007
07/01/2005
09/01/2015
01/01/2010
EB4
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
11/22/2013
C
C
C
FD
C
05/01/2015
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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