The Department of State has released its November 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 November 2014 Visa Bulletin announced significant forward movement for EB-3 visa applications from all countries except India. Unfortunately, it also announced a significant retrogression for EB-2 applications from India.
Specifically, pursuant to the November 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 retrogressed significantly to February 15, 2005 (from May 1, 2009 in October 2014). The cutoff date for applicants in the EB-2 category from China moved forward by two months to December 8, 2009 (from October 8, 2009 in October 2014). The EB-2 category for individuals from all other countries remains current.
- There was significant forward movement for EB-3 applicants (skilled workers and professionals) from China to January 1, 2010 (from April 1, 2009 in October 2014). India remained steady at November 15, 2003. There was forward movement in the EB-3 category for applicants from the Philippines, Mexico, and all other countries to June 1, 2012 (from October 1, 2011 in October 2014).
- The cutoff date for individuals in the family-based F2A category from Mexico moved forward significantly to September 22, 2012 (from July 22, 2012 in October 2014). The cut-off date for F2A applications from all other countries also moved forward slightly to March 1, 2013 (from February 1, 2013 in October 2014).
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 November 2014 Visa Bulletin.