• March 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Cut-Off Dates Move Ahead for Most Countries; Modest Advancement for EB-2 China; Significant Retrogression for F-2A Mexico
  • February 12, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s March Visa Bulletin, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by three months for most countries, to September 1, 2012, India by two weeks to September 15, 2003, and the Philippines by two weeks to May 1, 2007.

    The EB-3 other worker subcategory for China and Mexico will advance by three months, to September 1, 2012 and the Philippines by two weeks, to May 1, 2007. EB-3 India will advance by two weeks to September 15, 2003.

    The priority date cut-off for EB-2 China will advance by five weeks to February 15, 2009 next month, but EB-2 India will remain at November 15, 2004.

    In the family-based F-2A category for the spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents, the cutoff date will remain at September 8, 2013 for all countries except for Mexico, which will retrogress by approximately one year and four months to April 15, 2012.

    March 2014 Priority Date Cut-Offs

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

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: February 15, 2009
    India: November 15, 2004
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: September 1, 2012
    India: September 15, 2003
    Philippines: May 1, 2007
    All other countries: September 1, 2012

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: September 1, 2012
    India: September 15, 2003
    Philippines: May 1, 2007
    All other countries: September 1, 2012

    EB-5
    Current for all countries and subcategories.