• November 2014 Visa Bulletin: Major Retrogression for EB-2 India, EB-3 Advancement for Most Countries
  • October 20, 2014
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s November Visa Bulletin, the EB-2 India priority date cut-off will retrogress by more than four years, to February 15, 2005, after significant advancements over the last several months. EB-2 China will advance by just three weeks, to December 8, 2009.

    EB-3 will see substantial advancements for most countries. The EB-3 China priority date will advance nine months, to January 1, 2010. All other countries except India will advance eight months, to June 1, 2012. India will move forward by one week, to November 22, 2003.

    November 2014 Priority Date Cut-Offs

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

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: December 8, 2009
    India: February 15, 2005
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: January 1, 2010
    India: November 22, 2003
    All other countries: June 1, 2012

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: July 22, 2005
    India: November 22, 2003
    All other countries: June 1, 2012

    EB-5
    Current for all countries and subcategories.

    Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Availability in the Coming Months

    The State Department projects that EB-3 will continue to advance significantly for China and most other countries in the next three months. But if EB-3 demand increases, cut-off dates could be retrogressed early next year, particularly for China.

    EB-2 China is expected to advance by three to five weeks per month in the near term, but EB-2 India is likely to remain at the February 15, 2005 cut-off date.