• EB-2 India to Advance By Nearly Four Years, As Projected
  • June 18, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s July Visa Bulletin, a surge in EB-2 India immigrant visa availability will occur next month, when the priority date cut-off for the subcategory will advance by nearly three years and nine months, to September 1, 2008. EB-2 China will move forward by five weeks, to July 1, 2009, but EB-3 China will remain at October 1, 2006 after this month’s dramatic retrogression.

    EB-3 Philippines will advance by one year, to January 1, 2009, while EB-3 India will move ahead by two weeks, to November 1, 2003. For all other countries, EB-3 will remain at April 1, 2011.

    As we reported previously, the significant advancement for EB-2 India is made possible by unused immigrant visas in the EB-1 and EB-2 worldwide categories. EB-2 India is expected to continue to advance in the remaining months of the fiscal year. The State Department projects that the cut-off date could move to February 2009 in August and to an early summer 2009 date in September of this year.

    Though EB-5 remains current in July, the State Department could impose a cut-off date for China in August or September of this year.

    July 2014 Priority Date Cut-Offs

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

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: July 1, 2009
    India: September 1, 2008
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: October 1, 2006
    India: November 1, 2003
    Philippines: January 1, 2009
    All other countries: April 1, 2011

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: January 1, 2003
    India: November 1, 2003
    Philippines: January 1, 2009
    All other countries: April 1, 2011

    EB-5
    Current for all countries and subcategories.