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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

February 2016 Visa Bulletin: India EB-2 and China EB-3 Action Dates Advance

In February 2016’s Visa Bulletin, “filing dates” for all visa categories did not change at all, which indicates that USCIS will not accept new applications for now. The "final action dates” advance steadily for most visa categories while USCIS is slowly processing the existing backlog. India’s EB-2 action date moves forward significantly by 6 months.  China's EB-3 advances three months, continuing its lead over its EB-2 counterpart.  Downgrading to EB-3 remains a viable option for Chinese applicants.

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

FAMILY
Other Countries
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
07/08/2008
07/08/2008
07/08/2008
01/01/1995
11/01/2003
FD
10/01/2009
10/01/2009
10/01/2009
04/01/1995
09/01/2005
F2A
AD
09/01/2014
09/01/2014
09/01/2014
06/08/2014
09/01/2014
FD
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
06/15/2015
F2B
AD
05/15/2009
05/15/2009
05/15/2009
09/08/1995
02/01/2005
FD
12/15/2010
12/15/2010
12/15/2010
04/01/1996
05/01/2005
F3
AD
10/01/2004
10/01/2004
10/01/2004
09/08/1994
11/22/1993
FD
08/01/2005
08/01/2005
08/01/2005
05/01/1995
08/01/1995
F4
AD
06/08/2003
06/08/2003
06/08/2003
04/01/1997
08/08/1992
FD
05/01/2004
05/01/2004
05/01/2004
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
03/01/2012
08/01/2008
C
C
FD
C
01/01/2013
07/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
10/01/2015
10/01/2012
06/15/2004
10/01/2015
01/08/2008
FD
01/01/2016
10/01/2013
07/01/2005
01/01/2016
01/01/2010
Other Workers
AD
10/01/2015
12/22/2006
06/15/2004
10/01/2015
01/08/2008
FD
01/01/2016
01/01/2007
07/01/2005
01/01/2016
01/01/2010
EB4
AD
C
C
C
C
C
FD
C
C
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
01/15/2014
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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