The Department of State has released its May 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are permitted to file applications for an adjustment to status or for approval of an immigrant visa as long as the priority date is prior to the respective cutoff date specified by the Department of State in the monthly visa bulletin.
Pursuant to the May 2014 Visa Bulletin, the following cutoff dates are in effect:
- All EB-1 categories remain current.
- Applicants in the EB-2 category (professionals holding advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability) from India continue to have a cutoff date of November 15, 2004 (no movement from previous bulletins). The cutoff date for applicants in the EB-2 category from China moved forward slightly to April 15, 2009 (from March 8, 2009 in April 2014). The EB-2 category for individuals from all other countries remains current.
- There was slight forward movement in the EB-3 category (skilled workers and professionals) from India and the Philippines. The cut-off date for EB-3 petitions from India moved forward 15 days to October 1, 2003. Petitions from the Philippines moved forward to November 1, 2007 (from June 25, 2007). Petitions from China, Mexico, and the rest of the world remained the same at October 1, 2012.
- The cutoff date for individuals in the family-based F2A category from all countries remained unchanged from April, with applications from Mexico having a cut-off date of April 15, 2012 and all other countries having a cut-off date of September 8, 2013.
Perhaps most encouraging is that there was slight forward movement for the EB-2 category from China and the EB-3 category from India. For more than 30 years, the Chicago employment immigration lawyers at the Shapiro Law Group have helped businesses and their employees obtain the necessary employment-based visa as efficiently as possible. We can advise you of the appropriate visa, help with preparation of your visa application, and file your application in a timely manner.
Similarly, legal residents who want to sponsor legal residency for their spouses and/or minor children under the F2A category should begin the process as soon as possible. Although the F2A category is no longer “current,” as it was in August and September 2013, the waiting period is still relatively short and applicants should submit their petitions as soon as possible before the waiting time increases further.
If you are interested in bringing your spouse or minor children to the U.S. under the F2A visa program, you will need to file a petition to sponsor an alien relative, known as an I-130 petition in the F2A category, and the Chicago immigration lawyers at Shapiro Law Group can assist you in doing so.
Contact our office at (847)564-0712 to speak with an experienced U.S. immigration attorney to learn more about employment-based immigration options, the F2A application process, or the May Visa Bulletin.