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Friday, August 11, 2017

September 2017 Visa Bulletin: Employment Categories Advance / Family 1st Went Backward



For September, several employment visa categories advance:  EB-2 China advances 3 weeks; EB-2 India advances 1 month; EB-2 Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries advance 8 months!  EB-3 India moves forward by 3 months; EB-3 Philippines advances 5 months.

For Family 1st (unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens), China, India and Other Countries retrogress by more than 7 months to May 1, 2010, while Philippines advances 2.5 months.

This is the last Visa Bulletin of the fiscal year.  In October, a new batch of visa numbers will be available.  It is expected that certain EB-2 categories (Mexico, Philippines and Other Countries) will become current again.


AD: Dates for Final Action (Approval)
FD : Dates for Filing Applications
      Family
Other Coountries
      China
India
Mexico
Philippines
F1
AD
05/01/2010
05/01/2010
05/01/2010
02/01/1996
01/01/2007
FD
07/22/2011
07/22/2011
07/22/2011
04/01/1996
09/08/2007
F2A
AD
10/01/2015
10/01/2015
10/01/2015
09/22/2015
10/01/2015
FD
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
04/08/2016
F2B
AD
11/01/2010
11/01/2010
11/01/2010
07/01/1996
01/01/2007
FD
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
09/01/2011
08/08/1996
07/22/2007
F3
AD
07/08/2005
07/08/2005
07/08/2005
04/08/1995
02/15/1995
FD
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
12/01/2005
05/01/1995
03/01/1995
F4
AD
01/01/2002
01/01/2002/
01/01/2002
09/15/1997
06/01/1994
FD
11/15/2004
11/15/2004
06/22/2004
01/08/1998
02/08/1995
1st: Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens (about 23,000 per year).
2A: The 2 "A" preference is for Spouses and Children (under 21 & unmarried) of LPR's.
2B: The 2 "B" Preference is for Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 or older) of LPR's.
3rd: Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens.(about 23,000 per year)
4th: Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens.(about 65,000 per year)

Employment
Other Counties
China

El Salvador
Guatemala
Honduras
India
Mexico
Philippines
EB1
AD
C
01/01/2012
C
  01/01/2012
C
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB2
AD
01/01/2016
05/15/2013
01/01/2016
  08/22/2008
01/01/2016
01/01/2016
FD
C
10/01/2013
N/A
02/01/2009
C
C
EB3
AD
C
01/01/2012
C
10/15/2006
C
11/01/2015
FD
C
09/01/2015
N/A
01/01/2007
C
01/01/2016
Other Workers
AD
C
01/01/2004
C
10/15/2006
C
11/01/2015
FD
C
06/01/2008
N/A
01/01/2007
C
01/01/2016
EB4
AD
C
C
10/22/2015
10/22/2015
10/22/2015
C
FD
C
C
N/A
C
C
C
EB5
AD
C
06/15/2014
C
C
C
C
FD
C
09/01/2014
N/A
C
C
C
1st: Priority Workers (Extraordinary ability aliens, multinational companies executives/managers,outstanding prof./researchers)
2nd: Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability.
3rd: Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers (Unskilled.)
4th: "Special Immigrants" (Religious & others)
5th: Employment Creation (Investors)

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