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 this category. The Philippines remained at September 1, 2002, while Mexico remained at June 22, 1992.
In the Family-Based Third Preference (FB3) category, Worldwide, India and China moved forward one month, to June 1, 2002. The Philippines and Mexico, however, are again stalled in this category. The Philippines remained at March 1, 1995, while Mexico remained at October 22, 1992.
The Family-Based Fourth Preference (FB4) cutoff date for Worldwide, China and India advanced by one month, to January 1, 2002. The FB4 cutoff date for Mexico moved ahead one week, to December 15, 1995, while the date for The Philippines stalled at April 1, 1991.
Employment-Sponsored Green Card Categories
The Employment-Based First Preference (EB1) category continues to be current for all countries in the Visa Bulletin for November 2010.
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 ten days, to June 1, 2006, while India saw no movement in this category, remaining at May 8, 2006.
All countries saw modest advances in the Employment-Based Third Preference (EB3) Skilled/Professional Worker category. The cutoff date for Worldwide and The Philippines advanced in this category by fourteen days, to January 22, 2005, while the date for China also progressed by fourteen days, to November 22, 2003. India moved forward one week in this category, to January 22, 2002, while the date for Mexico advanced by nine days, to May 1, 2001.
In the EB3 “Other Worker” category, all countries except Mexico and India progressed by ten days, to April 1, 2003. Mexico moved ahead nine days in this category, to May 1, 2001, while the date for India advanced by one week, to January 22, 2002.
Finally, the EB4 and EB5 categories remain current.
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