May Visa Bulletin: Major Retrogression for Philippines EB3 and “Other Workers”

April 23, 2015

The May Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State. Continuing a recent pattern,  most Family-Based categories will advance at least 1 week, with most categories advancing between two weeks and one month. In Employment-Based categories, China EB2 and EB3 advanced 14 months and 5 months respectively. India EB2 advanced 7 months to April 15, 2008, however India EB3 saw only a one week advance. There was major retrogression in both the EB3 and “Other Workers” categories from the Philippines, with both retrogressing 7 years to July 1, 2007. According to the Department of State, the retrogression of Philippines EB3 was caused because of increased demand in visa availability due to rapid advancement of the cut-off date.

The complete visa bulletin charts for Family-Based and Employment-Based Preference Categories are below.


May Family


Employment Based: 

May Employment

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