• January 2014 Visa Bulletin: EB-3 Cut-Off Dates Advance Significantly for Most Countries; No Forward Movement for EB-2 and EB-3 India
  • December 13, 2013
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • According to the State Department’s January Visa Bulletin, the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by six months, to April 1, 2012, for China and most countries. EB-3 India will remain at September 1, 2003.

    The EB-3 other worker subcategory will also advance by six months, to April 1, 2012, for most countries, with the exception of a one-month advance for the Philippines to February 15, 2007, but EB-3 India will remain at September 1, 2003.

    As previously reported, EB-2 India will remain at November 15, 2004, due to available numbers being exhausted. EB-2 China will advance by one month, to December 8, 2008.

    In the family-based F-2A category for the spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents, the cutoff date will remain at September 8, 2013 for all countries except for Mexico, which will remain at September 1, 2013. The category was current for two months earlier this year but had a cut-off date imposed as of October 1.

    January 2014 Priority Date Cut-Offs

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

    EB-1
    Current for all countries.

    EB-2
    China: December 8, 2008
    India: November 15, 2004
    All other countries: Current

    EB-3 Professionals and Skilled Workers
    China: April 1, 2012
    India: September 1, 2003
    Philippines: February 15, 2007
    All other countries: April 1, 2012

    EB-3 Other Workers
    China: April 1, 2012
    India: September 1, 2003
    Philippines: February 15, 2007
    All other countries: April 1, 2012

    EB-5
    Current for all countries and subcategories.