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November 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The November 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for:

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico:  F2A category advances 29 days taking the priority date to 1 March 2013; F2B preference advances 62 days with PD at 1 January 2008;  F4 category advances 18 days taking PD to 8 February 2002;  EB2 is current and, and EB3 advances a huge 8 months (245 days) to PD at 1 June 2012.

For India only: F2A category advances 29 days taking the priority date to 1 March 2013; F2B preference advances 62 days with PD at 1  January 2008 ;  F4 category advances 18 days taking PD to 8 February 2002;  EB2 India sees great retrogression of 4 years, 2 months and 17 days, moving  PD at 15 February 2005 and EB3 sees 7 days advancement taking priority date to 22 November 2003.

I am sorry for those who see their priorities dates retrogress.  However, those who can file the adjustment applications should start preparing and aim to file on the 1st of the month.  Good luck.

We will report on the December 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

Notes from the visa bulletin.

D.  INDIA EMPLOYMENT SECOND PREFERENCE

Increased demand in the INDIA Employment-based Second preference category has required the retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the fiscal year 2015 annual limit.

E.  VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS

FAMILY-sponsored categories (potential monthly movement)

Worldwide dates:

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

Employment Second:

Worldwide: Current
China:        Three to five weeks
India:         No forward movement

Employment Third:

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
The above projections for the Family and Employment categories indicate what is likely to happen during each of the next three months based on current applicant demand patterns. Readers should never assume that recent trends in cut-off date movements are guaranteed for the future, or that “corrective” action will not be required at some point in an effort to maintain number use within the applicable annual limits. The determination of the actual monthly cut-off dates is subject to fluctuations in applicant demand and a number of other variables.

August 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The August 2014 visa bulletin was released today. Here is what my readers are looking for:

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: No movement in F2A category leaving priority date at 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 60 days with PD at 1 July 2007;  F4 category advanced 8 days to PD at 1 January 200s;  EB2 is current and, and EB3 sees no movement leaving to PD at 1 April 2011.

For India only:  No movement in F2A category  leaving priority date at 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 60 days with PD at 1 July 2007;  F4 category advanced 8 days to PD at 1 January 2002;  EB India sees a 4 months and 21 days jump forward  taking PD to 22 January 2009 and EB3 sees some forward movement of 7 days taking us to priority date 8 November 2003.

With the jump forward for EB3 India, it is important for those who are eligible to prepare filing your I-485 package as soon as possible.  Please note you cannot file until August 1st and while the priority date remains current for you.  Good luck to those who can file!

We will report on the September 2014 visa bulletin when it is released. See below for future cut off dates information:

D.  VISA AVAILABILITY IN THE COMING MONTHS

The China-mainland born Employment Third and Third Other Workers cut-off dates have advanced for the month of August, and could do so again for September. There are two reasons for this advance after the retrogression of the cut-off date earlier this summer: 1) The heavy demand by applicants with priority dates significantly (years) earlier than the previous cut-off date has declined during the past two months, and 2) declining number use in the Family preferences during May and June, combined with updated estimates of such number use through the end of the fiscal year, has resulted in availability of several hundred numbers for use in the China-mainland born Employment Third preference.

During the past two months, the India Employment Second preference cut-off date has advanced very rapidly based on the projected availability of “otherwise unused” numbers under the worldwide preference limit. It must not be assumed that this cut-off date will continue to advance at the same pace during the coming months. A cut-off date does not mean that everyone with a priority date before such cut-off date has already been processed to conclusion. It remains to be seen how heavy the demand for visa numbers by applicants will be in the coming months, and what the priority dates of such applicants may be. Heavy demand by applicants with priority dates significantly earlier than the established cut-off date is expected to materialize within the next several months, at which time the cut-off date is likely to retrogress significantly.

July 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary- EB2 India Sees Significant Advancement!

visa-passport blog picThe July 2014 visa bulletin was released this morning.

Headline: EB2 India sees a jump forward of 3 years, 9 months and 18 days.  

Here is what my readers are looking for:

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: No movement in F2A category since last month’s retrogression leaving priority date at 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 30 days with PD at 1 May 2007;  F4 category advanced 7 days to PD at 22 December 2001;  EB2 is current and, and EB3 sees no movement since last month’s retrogression leaving to PD at 1 April 2011.

For India only:  No movement in F2A category since last months retrogression leaving priority date at 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 30 days with PD at 1 May 2007;  F4 category advanced 7 days to PD at 22 December 2001;  EB India sees huge jump forward of 3 years, 9 months and 18 days taking PD to 1 September 2008 and EB3 sees some forward movement of 15 days taking us to priority date 1 November 2003.

With the significant jump forward for EB3 India, it is important for those who are eligible to prepare filing your I-485 package as soon as possible.  Please note you cannot file until July 1st and while the priority date remains current for you.  Good luck to those who can file!

We will report on the August 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

 

June 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

visa-passport blog picThe June 2014 Visa Bulletin was released today.  Retrogrssion in F2A and EB3 all countries categories. 

Here is what my readers are looking for:

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A retrogressed1 year and 4 months to 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 60 days with PD at 1 April 2007;  F4 category advanced 7 days to PD at 15 December 2001;  EB2 is current and, and EB3  has retrogressed  1 years and 6 months to PD at 1 April 2011.

For India only:  F2A retrogressed1 yeas and 4 months to 1 May 2012, F2B preference advanced 60 days with PD at 1 April 2007;  F4 category advanced 7 days to PD at 15 December 2001; there is still no movement in EB2 preference category and EB3 sees some forward movement of 14 days taking us to priority date 15 October 2003.

While there was warning of retrogression last month, it is always hard to see it in black and white.  Please see below for message from Department of State regarding further possible retrogression.

We will report on the July 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

Important text from the June 2014 visa bulletin below.

 D.  RETROGRESSION OF JUNE CUT-OFF DATES

WORLDWIDE F2A:
The cut-off date for the Family F2A category was advanced at a very rapid pace during fiscal year 2013 in an effort to generate demand to use all numbers available under the annual limit. Those movements have resulted in a dramatic increase in the level of applicant demand being received during the past seven months. This has required the retrogression of the Family F2A cut-off date for June in an effort to hold number use within the annual numerical limit. Further retrogression cannot be ruled out should demand by applicants with very early priority dates continue to increase.

MEXICO F2A:
Despite a previous retrogression, the level of demand has remained excessive, resulting in a further retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the annual limit.

Employment Third, and Third Other Workers:
The unexpected and dramatic increase in demand being received from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Offices during the past several months has resulted in number use approaching the annual limit for this category. As a result, it has been necessary to retrogress the Worldwide, China, and Mexico cut-off dates for the month of June.

Notices were included in several Visa Bulletins during the past year alerting readers to the possibility of such retrogressions. While corrective action in some categories has become necessary earlier than was anticipated based on the information available earlier, it is hoped that readers are not caught off guard by these retrogressions.

May 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

visa-passport blog picThe May 2014 Visa Bulletin was released today.  Big jump on F2B for all countries, India and China but not for Mexcio and Philippines.

Here is what my readers are looking for:

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2A remains at 8 September 2013, F2B preference advanced 103 days with PD at 1 February 2007;  F4 category advances 17 days to PD at 8 December 2001;  EB2 is current and, and EB3  has no forward movement with PD remaining 1 October 2012.

For India only:  F2A sees no movement, F2B preference F2B preference advanced 103 days with PD at 1 February 2007;  F4 category advances 17 days to PD at 8 December 2001;

There is still no movement in EB2 preference category and EB3 finally sees some forward movement of 17 days taking us to priority date 1 October 2003.

If your priority date is current, especially in the EB3 All Countries category, congratulations! We hope you file your petition in due course!

We will report on the June 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

Important text from the May 2014 visa bulletin below.

 D.  VISA AVAILABILITY DURING THE COMING MONTHS

WORLDWIDE F2A:  From early 2013 through September 2013, the level of demand for numbers in this preference category was extremely low. As a result, the F2A cut-off date was advanced at a very rapid pace, in an attempt to generate demand so that the annual numerical limit could be fully utilized. As readers of the Visa Bulletin were advised during that time, such cut-off date advances were not expected to continue, and at some point they could stop, or retrogression might be required.

The level of demand being experienced for FY-2014 has resulted in the Worldwide F2A cut-off date being held since October. Despite no forward movement of the cut-off date, the level of demand has continued to increase dramatically. At the current rate, such demand will require a retrogression of the F2A cut-off date within the next several months. That action would be necessary to hold number use within the annual numerical limit.

MEXICO F2A:  Despite an earlier retrogression of this cut-off date, the level of demand remains extremely heavy. As a result, it is likely that another retrogression of this cut-off date will be required to hold number use within the annual numerical limit.

April 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The April 2014 visa bulletin was released today.  There are no significant changes except EB3 All Countries jumps forward again – this time by 31days.  F2A for ALL countries has not moved.   Relevant section from the visa bulletin is copied below.  Our usual commentary is here:

Here’s the pertinent information most of my readers are looking for:

For ALL countries except Mexico: F2A preference remains the same as last few months with PD for all countries at 8 September 2013 and for Mexico the PD remains the same at 15 April 2012. 

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2B preference advanced 52 days with PD at 22 October 2006;  F4 category advances 15 days to PD at 22 November 2001;  EB2 is current and, and EB3  has forward movement with PD of 31 days to 1 October 2012.

For India only:  F2B preference advanced 52 days with PD at 22 October 2006;  F4 category advances 15 days to PD at 22 November 2001;

There is still no movement in EB2 and EB3 categories.

If your priority date is current, especially in the EB3 All Countries category, congratulations! We hope you file your petition in due course!

We will report on the May 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

 

February 2014 Visa Bulletin Commentary

The February 2014 visa bulletin was released yesterday.  There are no signficant changes except EB3 All Countries jumps forward again – this time by 2 months days F2A has not moved (no retrogression still).   Relevant section from the visa bulletin is copied below.  Our usual commentary is here:

Here’s the pertinent information most of my readers are looking for:

For ALL countries except Mexico: F2A preference remains the same as last few months with PD for all countries at 8 September 2013 and for Mexico only at 1 September 2013. 

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2B preference advanced 37 days with PD at 8 July 2006;  F4 category advances 21 days to PD at 22 October 2001;  EB2 is current and, and EB3  has forward movement with PD jumping again 2 months to 1 June 2012.

For India only:  F2B preference advanced 37 days with PD at 8 July 2006;  F4 category advances 21 days to PD at 22 October 2001;  

There is still no movement in EB2 and EB3 preference categories at this time.

If your priority date is current, especially in the EB3 All Countries category,  congratulations! We hope you file your petition in due course!

We will report on the March 2014 visa bulletin when it is released.

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Below is copy text from the Visa Bulletin re. F2A for Mexico.

D. MEXICO VISA AVAILABILITY

MEXICO F2B:  The level of demand during recent months has been extremely heavy, in particular for cases filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for adjustment of status processing.  Therefore, it has been necessary to retrogress the February cut-off date to May 1, 1993 in an attempt to hold number use within the annual per-country limit.  Further retrogression of this cut-off date cannot be ruled out.

MEXICO F2A:  Continued heavy demand in the Mexico F2A category will require the retrogression of this cut-off date to hold number use within the annual numerical limit.  Such action is likely to occur within the next few months.

December 2013 Visa Bulletin out!

A few moments ago, the December 2013 Visa Bulletin was released.  Here is a link. http://www.travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6211.html.  Our usual commentaries to follow shortly.  But headline is that the F2A cateogory has not retrogressed.  It remains at 8 Sept. 2013.  That is good news.  We will be updating the other categories soon.  Stay tuned!

November 2013 Visa Bulletin Commentary

visa-passport blog picThe November 2013 visa bulletin was released today. Here’s the pertinent information most of my readers are looking for:

 

For ALL countries except Mexico: F2A preference remains the same as last month and Mexico retrogressed a week (that is still great news).

 

For all countries except India, China, Philippines, and Mexico: F2B preference advanced 21 days with PD at 22 March 2006;  F4 category advances 14 days to PD at 22 August 2001;  EB2 is current and, and EB3  has SIGNIFICANT movement with PD JUMPING 102 days to 10 October 2010 (you may recall there was a huge jump of 547 days in September 2013).

For India only: F2B preference advanced 21 days with PD at 22 March 2006;  F4 category advances 14 days to PD at 22 August 2001;  EB2 has no movement (remember the 167 jump in September?) leaving PD at 15 June 2008 and EB3 has no movement either (remember big jump of 244 days  in September too?) leaving PD at 22 Sept 2003.

Reminder that October is the beginning of the fiscal year.  We will write about the December 2013 Visa Bulletin when it is released in due course.

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Below is a copy of the text from the November 2013 bulletin about visa availability.

D. VISA AVAILABILITY

It is important to remember that the establishment of a monthly cut-off or “Current” status for a numerically controlled category (preference or Diversity) applies to those applicants who were reported prior to the allocation of visa numbers for that month.  For example, all qualified applicants who were reported to the Visa Office in time to be included in the calculation of the September cut-offs, who had a priority date or rank-order number before the relevant September cut-off, would have been allotted visa numbers for September.  There would be no expectation, however, that sufficient numbers would be available for the processing of cases which subsequently became eligible for final action during that month.  Additional numbers may be allocated outside the regular monthly cycle, but only to the extent that such numbers remain available under the applicable annual limit.  The availability of additional numbers is subject to change at any time and should never be taken for granted.  This is especially true late in the fiscal year when numerical allocations are often close to or at the annual limits.

When applicants fail to appear or overcome a refusal (even for reasons beyond their control) during the original month of scheduled interview, they risk not having their case processed later in the fiscal year.  This is because the unused numbers that had originally been allocated for their case are returned at the end of their interview month to the “pool” of numbers available for allocation in subsequent months to other applicants being reported for their “first time” interview.

EMPLOYMENT-based Third Preference:

China:  Rapid forward movement of the cut-off date, as a result of there being insufficient demand to use all available numbers, allowed the category to reach the Worldwide Third preference cut-off date in May 2013.  The continued lack of demand has allowed the “otherwise unused” numbers available under that limit to be provided for use in the China Employment Third preference Other Workers category.  The continued addition of those numbers has allowed the cut-off date for that category to reach the China Third preference date for November.  This is the same action which has been possible for the Other Worker category in other “oversubscribed” countries such as India and Mexico. A sudden increase in demand for China Employment Third preference visas could require corrective action in the China Other Worker cut-off date at any time.

November 2013 Visa Bulletin out!

Just a few moments ago, the Department of State released the November 2013 Visa bulletin.  Here is a link. Our usual commentary to follow shortly

http://travel.state.gov/visa/bulletin/bulletin_6168.html


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