• May 2015 Visa Bulletin: Cut-Off Date Imposed for EB-5 China; EB-2 China and India Advance, While EB-3 Philippines Retrogresses Significantly
  • April 27, 2015
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s May Visa Bulletin, the EB-5 subcategory for China will be subject to a cut-off date of May 1, 2013 and is likely to remain backlogged indefinitely. Next month will mark the first time that the EB-5 investor category has been retrogressed for any country. The State Department is not ruling out a further retrogression for EB-5 China later this fiscal year if there is an increase in demand from foreign nationals with early priority dates.

    EB-2 China will advance by fourteen months, to June 1, 2012, and EB-2 India will advance by more than seven months, to April 15, 2008. This is consistent with recent State Department projections and could continue.

    EB-3 will advance by four months for China, to May 1, 2011, and by three months for most other countries, to January 1, 2015. EB-3 India will advance by just one week. However, EB-3 Philippines will retrogress by more than seven years, to July 1, 2007, after past advancements spurred demand significantly.

    May 2015 Priority Date Cut-Offs

    In May 2015, EB immigrant visa priority date cut-offs will be:

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: June 1, 2012
    India: April 15, 2008
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: May 1, 2011
    India: January 15, 2004
    Philippines: July 1, 2007
    All other countries: January 1, 2015

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: November 15, 2005
    India: January 15, 2004
    Philippines: July 1, 2007
    All other countries: January 1, 2015

    EB-5
    China: May 1, 2013
    All other countries and subcategories: Current