October 20, 2014
The November Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State. Every single Family-Based category will advance at least 1 week, with most categories advancing between two weeks and one month. In the Employment-Based categories, there is over a four year retrogression for EB2 India from May 1, 2009 to February 15, 2005. China EB2 advanced three weeks and China EB3 will have a significant advancement from April 1, 2009 until January 1, 2010. The complete visa bulletin charts for Family-Based and Employment-Based Preference Categories as well as the Department of State’s predictions for visa availability in the coming months are below.
|Family-||All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed||CHINA-mainland born||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
||All Areas Except Those Listed||CHINA – mainland born||INDIA||MEXICO||PHILIPPINES|
|Certain Religious Workers||C||C||C||C||C|
and Pilot Programs
The Department of State provides the following predictions for forward movement in each category within the next three months:
FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)
F1: Two to three weeks
F2A: Three to five weeks
F2B: Six to eight weeks
F3: One to three weeks
F4: Two or four weeks
EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)
Employment First: Current
China: Three to five weeks
India: No forward movement
Worldwide: Continued rapid forward movement for the next several months. After such rapid advance of the cut-off date applicant demand for number use, particularly for adjustment of status cases, is expected to increase significantly. Once such demand begins to materialize at a greater rate it will impact this cut-off date situation.
China: Rapid forward movement. Such movement is likely to result in increased demand which may require “corrective” action possibly as early as February.
India: Little if any movement
Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date
Philippines: Will remain at the worldwide date. Increased demand may require “corrective” action at some point later in the fiscal year.
Employment Fourth: Current
Employment Fifth: Current