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 1, 2008, while Mexico fell back almost five years, to April 1, 2005.
The Family 2B category saw Worldwide, India and China move backward over two years, to April 15, 2003, while Mexico remained stalled at June 22, 1992. The Philippines retrogressed in this category by 9.5 months, to May 15, 1999. The Dominican Republic advanced in this category by two months, to March 1, 2002.
In the Family-Based Third Preference (FB3) category, Worldwide, India and China retrogressed by a year and five months, to January 1, 2001. The Philippines retrogressed by over eight months, to July 1, 1992. Mexico remains stalled in this category, at October 22, 1992.
The Family-Based Fourth Preference (FB4) cutoff date for Worldwide, China and India remained stalled at January 1, 2002. The FB4 cutoff date for Mexico stalled at December 22, 1995, while The Philippines stalled in this category at January 1, 1988.
Employment-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Employment-Based First Preference (EB1) category continues to be current for all countries in the Visa Bulletin for January 2011.
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 by two weeks, to June 22, 2006, while India remained stalled at May 8, 2006 in this category.
In the Employment-Based Third Preference (EB3) Skilled/Professional Worker category, the cutoff date for Worldwide and The Philippines advanced by one month, to March 22, 2005, while the date for China progressed by one week, to December 15, 2003. India also moved ahead one week in this category, to February 1, 2002. The EB3 Skilled/Professional Worker cutoff date for Mexico advanced by 9.5 months, to April 15, 2003.
In the EB3 “Other Worker” category, Worldwide, China and The Philippines stalled at April 22, 2003. Mexico jumped ahead in this category by 9.5 months, to April 15, 2003, while India advanced by one week, to February 1, 2002.
Finally, the EB4 and EB5 categories remain current.
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