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Visa Bulletin for February 2011

Posted on January 12th, 2011, by James Livesay in Immigration Law. Comments Off

The Visa Bulletin for February 2011 is now available. The Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the number of available immigrant visas (green cards) according to preference categories, each month.

Family-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Family-Based First Preference (FB1) category for Worldwide, China and India stalled at January 1, 2005. The Philippines advanced two months in this category, to August 1, 1994, while Mexico advanced by just two weeks, to January 22, 1993.

In the Family 2A category, the cutoff dates for Worldwide, India, China and The Philippines all remained at January 1, 2008, while Mexico stalled at April 1, 2005.

The Family 2B category saw the cutoff dates for Worldwide, India and China remain at April 15, 2003, while Mexico advanced by nine days, to July 1, 1992. The Philippines advanced in this category by 2.5 weeks, to June 1, 1999. … Read More »


Visa Bulletin for January 2011

Posted on December 10th, 2010, by James Livesay in Immigration Law. Comments Off

The Visa Bulletin for January 2011 is now available. The Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the number of available immigrant visas (green cards) according to preference categories, each month. The January 2011 Visa Bulletin brought bad news for those awaiting family-sponsored green cards, as much of the advancement of the last two years in those categories has been reversed. One bright spot was a ten month advancement for EB-3 Skilled/Professional Worker green cards for Mexico.

Family-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Family-Based First Preference (FB1) category for Worldwide, China and India retrogressed by 13 months, to January 1, 2005. The Philippines fell back 34 months in this category, to June 1, 1994, while Mexico advanced by just one week, to January 8, 1993.

In the Family 2A category, Worldwide, India, China and The Philippines all retrogressed by 31 months, to January … Read More »


Visa Bulletin for December 2010

Posted on November 13th, 2010, by James Livesay in Immigration Law. Comments Off

The Visa Bulletin for December 2010 is now available. The Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the number of available immigrant visas (green cards) according to preference categories, each month. The December 2010 Visa Bulletin showed very little advancement for most countries in most categories– with The Philippines actually retrogressing substantially in several family-based categories. Mexico did see a nice advancement in the EB3 “Other Worker” category.

Family-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Family-Based First Preference (FB1) category for Worldwide, China and India saw no advancement, remaining at February 15, 2006. The Philippines stalled in this category, at April 1, 1997, while Mexico advanced by just over one week, to January 1, 1993.

In the Family 2A category, Worldwide, India, China and The Philippines all advanced by two months, to August 1, 2010, while Mexico remained at March 1, 2010.

The Family 2B … Read More »


Visa Bulletin for November 2010

Posted on October 10th, 2010, by James Livesay in Immigration Law. Comments Off

The Visa Bulletin for November 2010 is now available. The Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the number of available immigrant visas (green cards) according to preference categories, each month. The November 2010 Visa Bulletin showed advancements in several categories.

Family-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Family-Based First Preference (FB1) category for Worldwide, China and India saw no advancement, remaining at February 15, 2006. The Philippines advanced in this category by one month, to April 1, 1997, while Mexico advanced one week to December 22, 1992.

In the Family 2A category, Worldwide, India, China and The Philippines all advanced by two months, to June 1, 2010, while Mexico progressed by two months, to March 1, 2010.

The Family 2B category saw Worldwide, India and China cutoff dates progressed by two months, to June 1, 2005. The Philippines and Mexico, however, are stalled in … Read More »


November 2009 Visa Bulletin

Posted on October 10th, 2009, by James Livesay in Immigration Law. Comments Off

The Visa Bulletin for November 2009 is now available. The Department of State (DOS) issues the Visa Bulletin, which summarizes the number of available immigrant visas (green cards) according to preference categories, each month.

The Employment-Based First Preference (EB1) category continues to be current for all countries in the Visa Bulletin for November 2009.

The Employment-Based Second Preference (EB2) category continues to be current for all countries, except India and China. The EB2 cutoff date for China moved forward almost 10 weeks to April 1, 2005. However, India actually retrogressed in the EB2 category by 2 months, to January 22, 2005.

After the new fiscal year started with the October Visa Bulletin, visas remain available in the Employment-Based Third Preference (EB3) category for skilled/professional workers, with a cutoff date of April 22, 2001 for India and June 1, 2002 for all other countries.

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