• U.S. DOS Announces December 2014 Visa Bulletin
  • December 10, 2014
  • Law Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP - New York Office
  • The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced immigrant visa availability numbers and priority date cut-offs in its latest December 2014 Visa Bulletin (FY 2015). Please note, when looking at the availability tables on the DOS website only applicants who have a priority date earlier than the cut-off date may be allotted a number. Family- and employment-based preference visa figures are reached, in part, after considering the number of qualified immigrant applicants for numerically-limited visas, as reported by consular officers, together with the number of applicants for Adjustment of Status (I-485), as reported by USCIS.

    By way of background, the following explains briefly how the U.S. government determines its allotment of employment-based immigrant visas:

    The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) mandates the number of employment-based preference visas that can be issued annually

    A formula determines how many of those visas should be allocated to nationals of a given country

    Employment-based preference visas are thereafter issued in the order in which the applicant effectively filed his or her petition with the U.S. government

    Note that spouses and unmarried children (less than 21 years of age) are entitled to the same immigration status conferred upon the primary beneficiary. The immigrant visas given to family members count towards a country’s assigned annual quota.

    Category

    Country

    Date

    EB-1

    All countries

    Current

    EB-2

    China

    Jan. 1, 2010

     

    India

    Feb. 15. 2005

     

    All other countries

    Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers

    China

    June 1, 2010

     

    India

    Dec. 1, 2003

     

    All other countries

    Nov. 1, 2012

    EB-3 Other Workers

    China

    July 22, 2005

     

    India

    Dec. 1, 2003

     

    All other countries

    Nov. 1, 2012

    EB-5

    All countries and subcategories

    Current