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Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories

Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office

August 14, 2014

Previously published on August 12, 2014

According to the State Department’s September Visa Bulletin, the EB-2 category will advance by more than three months for India, to May 1, 2009. The EB-3 category will advance by ten months for the Philippines, to April 1, 2011. However, no other backlogged employment-based green card categories will advance in September, the last month of FY 2014.

The EB-2 India advancement is due to the application of unused immigrant visas from other categories. According to the agency, further EB-2 India advancement cannot be guaranteed, and in fact the category could be retrogressed as early as November 2014. Though EB-3 China was projected to advance further in September, no such movement will occur next month.

September 2014 Priority Date Cut-Offs

In September 2014, EB immigrant visa priority date cut-offs will be:

Current for all countries.

China: October 8, 2009
India: May 1, 2009
All other countries: Current

EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
China: November 1, 2008
India: November 8, 2003
Philippines: April 1, 2011
All other countries: April 1, 2011

EB-3 Other Workers
China: July 22, 2005
India: November 8, 2003
Philippines: April 1, 2011
All other countries: April 1, 2011

Current for all countries and subcategories.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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