The Department of State has released its July 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.
Most notably, the July 2014 Visa Bulletin announced nearly four years of advancement in the EB-2 category for applicants from India, as well as minor advancement for EB-2 applicants from China. Moreover, the Visa Office indicates that there will likely be continued movement of the EB-2 India category in the near future.
There was also significant advancement for EB-3 applicants from the Philippines and minor advancement for EB-3 applicants from India.
Specifically, pursuant to the July 2014 Visa Bulletin, the following cutoff dates are in effect:
- All EB-1 categories remain current.
- The cut-off date for applicants in the EB-2 category (professionals holding advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability) from India will advance by nearly four years to November 1, 2008. The cutoff date for applicants in the EB-2 category from China moved forward slightly to July 1, 2009 (from May 22, 2009 in June 2014). The EB-2 category for individuals from all other countries remains current.
- There was significant movement in the EB-3 for applicants from the Philippines to January 1, 2009 (from January 1, 2008 in June 2014). There was also slight forward movement in the EB-3 category (skilled workers and professionals) from India to November 1, 2003 (from October 15, 2003 in June 2014). EB-3 petitions from China remained the same at October 1, 2006. The cutoff date for applicants from Mexico and all other countries remained unchanged at April 1, 2011.
- The cutoff date for individuals in the family-based F2A category from Mexico retrogressed by almost a year to May 1, 2011 (from April 15, 2012 in June 2014). The cut-off date for F2A applications from all other countries remains unchanged at May 1, 2012.
Priority cut-off dates can change on a monthly basis so it is important to be aware of the cut-off dates set forth in the Visa Bulletins and file a timely application. 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.
Contact our office at (847)564-0712 to speak with an experienced U.S. immigration attorney to learn more about employment-based immigration options or the July Visa Bulletin.