The June 2015 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State and as many of us predicted the employment-based second preference (EB2) moves ahead for those born in India and China. Similarly, the EB3 category for those born in China moves ahead to September 1, 2011. For those in the employment category EB3 India, we see a minor advancement of a only a week and EB3 Philippines retrogresses to Jan. 1, 2005 cutoff date.
Employment-Based Category Changes
The June 2015 Visa Bulletin outlines the following changes in the employment category:
EB-1: Current for all countries of chargeability.
EB-2: There’s some pleasant news for the EB2 category which started moving earlier than expected. The cutoff date moves from April 15 2008 to October 1 2008. China (mainland born) also moves from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013.
EB-3: The cutoff date for EB3 India, as we previously mentioned, moves to January 15 2004 to January 22, 2004. Philippines also moves from July 1, 2007 to January 1, 2005. All other areas of chargeability have a date of February 15, 2015.
“Other Workers” Category Changes
In the other workers category, China’s date is January 1, 2006 while all chargeability areas and Mexico are at February 15, 2015. India’s date is January 22, 2004 while Philippines is Jan. 1, 2005.
EB-4: Remains current.
Certain Religious Workers: Remains current.
EB-5: Remains current with the exception of China which is May 1, 2013.
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Family-Based Category Changes
Below are the changes for the family-based category:
FB-1: China and India advance two weeks to Sept. 1, 2007 while Mexico advances one week to Nov. 15, 1994. Conversely, Philippines retrogress by five years to March 1, 2000.
FB-2A: We see a forward advancement by one month to a new date of Oct. 1, 2013 for China, Philippines and India. Mexico sees no change and remains at August 8, 2013.
Visa Bulletin Predictions
Based on this June 2015 Visa Bulletin we would like to see EB3 India advance at least a few weeks in the following bulletins. For EB2 India we believe the dates will remain the same. Is your priority date current based on this bulletin? We welcome you to give our office a call to get the immigration process rolling.
June 2015 Visa Bulletin Additional Details
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