• Further Advancement for EB-2 India, But No Movement for Most Other EB Categories
  • August 14, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • 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:

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    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

    EB-5
    Current for all countries and subcategories.