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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

December 2015 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 India and China EB-3 Advance


For December, in terms of the AD (Action Date), family immigration categories continue to move forward slowly. Surprisingly EB2 India has a 10-month advancement.  In addition, China's EB3 category moves forward by four (4)  months, exceeding its EB2 category once again. 

According to the most recent State Department predictions, India’s EB2 category can advance by as much as eight (8) months in the coming months.  On the other hand, China’s EB3 may require corrective action if the recent advancement generates a large number of filings, while China EB2 most likely will not move during the following months because of the recent advancements and visa demands in 2015.

USCIS Adjustment of Status
For December 2015, USCIS announced that only family-based petitions may use the Dates for Filing Visa Applications chart for December 2015.   Employment-based petitions must use the Application Final Action Dates chart (slower) in the Department of State Visa Bulletin. 

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

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
04/01/2008
04/01/2008
04/01/2008
12/08/1994
01/01/2003
FD
05/01/2009
05/01/2009
05/01/2009
04/01/1995
09/01/2005
F2A
AD
06/15/2014
06/15/2014
06/15/2014
05/08/2014
06/15/2014
FD
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
03/01/2015
F2B
AD
03/01/2009
03/01/2009
03/01/2009
09/08/1995
12/01/2004
FD
07/01/2010
07/01/2010
07/01/2010
04/01/1996
05/01/2005
F3
AD
07/01/2004
07/01/2004
07/01/2004
07/08/1994
10/22/1993
FD
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
04/01/2005
05/01/1995
08/01/1995
F4
AD
03/22/2003
03/22/2003
03/22/2003
04/01/1997
07/01/1992
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
06/01/2007
C
C
FD
C
01/01/2013
07/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
09/01/2015
04/15/2012
04/22/2004
09/01/2015
08/01/2007
FD
09/01/2015
10/01/2013
07/01/2005
09/01/2015
01/01/2010
Other Workers
AD
09/01/2015
08/01/2006
04/22/2004
09/01/2015
08/01/2007
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
12/15/2013
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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