• United States: Priority Dates Will Advance for Most Backlogged Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Categories in April
  • March 14, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Next month, foreign nationals awaiting employment-based immigrant visas will see priority date cut-offs advance by several weeks to several months for most backlogged countries and preference categories, according to the Department of State’s April Visa Bulletin.

    In the third employment-based preference category (EB-3) for professionals and skilled workers, priority dates will advance by five weeks for China (to March 1, 2004), three weeks for India (to April 8, 2002), four months for Mexico (to May 8, 2004) and three weeks for all other countries. Cut-off dates in the second employment-based preference category (EB-2) will move ahead by two weeks for China (to July 22, 2006), but will remain unchanged for India at May 8, 2006.

    In April 2011, priority date cut-offs for employment-based immigrant categories will be as follows:


    Current for all countries.


    China - July 22, 2006.
    India - May 8, 2006.
    All other countries - current.

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China - March 1, 2004.
    India - April 8, 2002.
    Mexico - May 8, 2004.
    All other countries - July 22, 2005.

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China - April 22, 2003.
    India - April 8, 2002.
    Mexico - July 22, 2003.
    All other countries - July 22, 2003.


    Current for all subcategories and countries.

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