• United States: Most Backlogged Employment-Based Immigrant Categories Will Advance Slightly in February
  • January 13, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Most backlogged employment-based immigrant visa categories will advance by one or two weeks next month, according to the Department of State’s February Visa Bulletin. The cut-off date for the employment-based second preference (EB-2) category for India will remain unchanged at May 8, 2006, however. There was an early report on a U.S. consulate website that the EB-2 India category had become current, but this was an error.

    The EB-2 category for China will advance by one week, to July 1, 2006. In the employment-based third-preference (EB-3) category for professionals and skilled workers, priority date cut-offs will advance by two weeks for China, to January 1, 2004, three weeks for India, to February 22, 2002, and nine weeks for Mexico, to July 8, 2003. Cut-offs for all other countries will advance by one week in the professional and skilled worker subcategory.

    In February 2011, priority date cut-offs will be as follows:

    Current for all countries.

    China: July 1, 2006.
    India: May 8, 2006.
    All other countries: current.

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: January 1, 2004.
    India: February 22, 2002.
    Mexico: July 8, 2003.
    All other countries: April 1, 2005.

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: April 22, 2003.
    India: February 22, 2002.
    All other countries: May 1, 2003.

    Current for all countries and subcategories.

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