August 22, 2014
The September Visa Bulletin has been released by the Department of State. Most Family-Based categories will advance a month or more, with F-2 categories moving up 8 months or more. Employment-Based categories were mostly static, except for India’s EB-2 category, which will move up more than 3 months to May 1, 2009, and The Philippines EB-3 and Other Workers categories, which will move up 10 months to April 1, 2011. Additional details, plus the complete visa bulletin charts, are below.
No Movement: F-3 China, F-3 India, F-3 All Other, F-4 China, F-4 India, F-4 All Other
Advancing 1-6 weeks: F-1 China, F-1 India, F-1 All Other, F-2B Mexico, F-3 Mexico, F-3 Philippines, F-4 Mexico, F-4 Philippines
Advancing 6 weeks – 3 months: F-1 Mexico, F-1 Philippines, F-2B All Other, F-2B China, F-2B India, F-2B Philippines
No Movement: All Other EB-3 and Other Workers, China (all categories), Mexico (all categories), India Eb-3 and Other Workers
The DOS offered hints about the movement of India EB-2 in the coming months:
INDIA Employment-based Second Preference: The use of potentially “otherwise unused” Employment numbers prescribed by Section 202(a)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) has allowed the India Employment Second preference cut-off date to advance very rapidly in recent months. Continued forward movement of this cut-off date during the upcoming months cannot be guaranteed, however, and no assumptions should be made until the dates are formally announced. Once there is a significant increase in India Employment Second preference demand it will be necessary to retrogress the cut-off date, possibly as early as November, to hold number use within the fiscal year 2015 annual limit.