The Department of State has released its September 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 September 2014 Visa Bulletin announced another advancement for EB-2 visa applications from India to May 1, 2009. The cutoff dates for the F2A category advanced across the board, and the EB3 also advanced significantly for applicants from the Philippines up to April 1, 2011.
Specifically, pursuant to the September 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 a few months to May 1, 2009 (from January 22, 2009 in August 2014). The cutoff date for applicants in the EB-2 category from China remained steady at October 8, 2009. The EB-2 category for individuals from all other countries remains current.
- There was significant movement in the EB-3 category (skilled workers and professionals) for applicants from the Philippines to April 1, 2011 (from June 1, 2010 in August 2014). The cutoff date for EB-3 applicants from China and India remained steady at November 1, 2008 and November 8, 2003 respectively. 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 moved forward significantly to April 22, 2012 (from March 15, 2011 in August 2014). The cut-off date for F2A applications from all other countries moved forward as well to January 1, 2013.
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 September 2014 Visa Bulletin.