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Visa availability in May
ALLEN E KAYE
AVAILABILITY OF IMMIGRANT VISA NUMBERS
All Chargeability Areas Except
Countries Separately Listed India
1st Unmarried Sons and Daughters of United States citizens (F1)
01 MAY 04
01 MAR 93
15 JUL 95
2A Spouses and Unmarried Children of Permanent Residents – (F2A)
08 JUN 07
08 JUN 07
01 JAN 07
08 JUN 07
2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters
(21 Years of Age or Older) of Permanent Residents (F2B)
15 APR 03
15 APR 03
01 AUG 92
01 MAR 00
3rd Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens (F3)
01 MAY 01
01 MAY 01 15 NOV 92
15 FEB 92
Brothers and Sisters of Adult US Citizens (F4)
08 MAR 00
08 MAR 00
15 FEB 96
08 APR 88
1st Priority Workers (E1)
2nd Professionals Holding Advanced
Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability (E2)
01 AUG 06
3rd Skilled Workers and Professionals (E3)
22 AUG 05
15 APR 02
08 SEP 04
22 AUG 05
3rd Other Workers (Unskilled Workers) (EW)
08 SEP 03
15 APR 02
08 SEP 03
08 SEP 03
4th Certain Special Immigrants (E4)
4th Certain Religious Workers (SR) (E4)
5th Employment Creation (Investors) (E5)
5th Employment Creation
(Investors in Targeted Employment Areas) (E5)
C = Current; Cut-off date The cut-off date for an oversubscribed country is the priority date of the first applicant who could not be reached
U = Unavailable within the statutory limits. Only applicants who have priority dates earlier than the cut-off date may be allocated a number.
The first preference (unmarried
sons and daughters of United States
citizens) category remained at May 1,
2004 for all chargeability areas, China
(mainland born), and India. Mexico
moved forward two weeks to March 1,
1993. The Philippines moved forward
to July 15, 1995.
The 2A second preference (spouses
and unmarried children of permanent
residents-subject to per country limit)
category moved forward nine weeks to
June 8, 2007 for all chargeability
areas, China (mainland born), India,
and the Philippines. Mexico retrogressed six months to January 1, 2007.
The 2B second preference (
unmarried sons and daughters, 21 years of
age or older, of permanent residents)
category remained at April 15, 2003
for all chargeability areas, including
China (mainland born) and India.
Mexico moved forward two weeks to
August 1, 1992. The Philippines
moved four months to March 1, 2000.
The F3 third preference (married
sons and daughters of US citizens)
category moved forward one and one-half months to May 1, 2001 for all
chargeability areas, China (mainland
born), and India. Mexico moved forward one week to November 15, 1992.
The Philippines moved six weeks to
February 15, 1992.
The F4 fourth preference (brothers
and sisters of adult US citizens) category moved forward five weeks to March
8, 2000 for all chargeability areas and
India. China (mainland born) moved
forward three weeks to January 22,
2000. Mexico moved to February 15,
1996. The Philippines moved forward
one month to April 8, 1988.
The E1 first preference (Priority
Workers) category remains current
for all chargeability areas including
China (mainland born), India,
The E2 second preference (
professionals holding advanced degrees or
persons of exceptional ability) category remained current for all chargeability areas including Mexico,
Philippines. China (mainland born)
moved forward two weeks to August 1,
2006. India moved to August 1, 2006.
The E3 third preference (skilled
workers and professionals) category
moved forward seven weeks to August
22, 2005 for all chargeability areas
and China. China (mainland born)
moved to April 15, 2004. India moved
one week to April 15, 2002. Mexico
moved to September 8, 2004.
The EW third preference - other
workers (unskilled workers) category
moved to September 8, 2003 for all
chargeability areas, Mexico and the
Philippines. India moved to April 15,
2002. China remained at April 22, 2003.
VISA AVAILABILITY DUR-
ING THE COMING MONTHS
extremely high level of demand dur-
ing the first few months of fiscal year
2011 resulted in the retrogression of
most worldwide cut-off dates in
January or February. While most of
these cut-offs have begun to advance
slowly, heavy demand in the Family
First preference has caused a further
retrogression for May. At this time it
is not possible to predict the rate of
forward movement, but some move-
ment is anticipated in most categories
for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Employment-based: At this
time the amount of demand being
received in the Employment First
preference is extremely low compared
with that of recent years. Absent an
immediate and dramatic increase in
demand, this category will remain
‘Current’ for all countries. It also
appears unlikely that a Second preference cut-off date will be imposed for
any countries other than China and
India, where demand is extremely
high. Based on current indications of
demand, the best case scenarios for
cut-off date movement each month
during the coming months are as follows:
Employment Second: Demand by
applicants who are ‘upgrading’ their sta-
tus from Employment Third to
Employment Second preference is very
high, but the exact amount is not known.
Such ‘upgrades’ are in addition to the
known demand already reported, and
make it very difficult to predict ultimate
demand based on forward movement of
the China and India cut-off dates. While
thousands of ‘otherwise unused’ num-
bers will be available for potential use
without regard to the China and India
Employment Second preference per-
country annual limits, it is not known
how the ‘upgrades’ will ultimately impact
the cut-offs for those two countries. (The
allocation of ‘otherwise unused’ numbers
is discussed below.)
India: One or more weeks, possibly
followed by additional movement if
demand remains stable.
No August or September estimate
is possible at this time.
Worldwide: three to six weeks.
China: one to three weeks.
India: none to two weeks.
Mexico: although continued forward movement is expected, no specific projections are possible at this time.
Philippines: three to six weeks.
Please be advised that the above
ranges are estimates based upon the
current demand patterns, and are subject to fluctuations during the coming
months. The cut-off dates for upcoming months cannot be guaranteed, and
no assumptions should be made until
the formal dates are announced.
Editor’s Note: Allen E Kaye is an
attorney who has practiced United
States immigration, naturalization,
visa and consular law in New York City
for the past 30 years. He is a graduate of Queens College (CUNY) (BA),
Columbia University Law School (JD)
and New York University Law School
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