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The US Department of State has now released the August, 2015 Visa Bulletin. Aside from the Philippines, China and India, all other EB- 3 is essentially current with a date of July 15, 2015. This is great news for all EB-3s, other than the countries men- tioned above. India EB-2 remains at October 1, 2008. On the other hand, India EB-3 leaped ahead. It is now at June 1, 2004. The following is from Charles ('Charlie') Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, US De- partment of State, giving his analysis of current trends and future projections for the various immigrant preference categories. HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE AUGUST VISA BUL- LETIN EB-3 Update The good news is that this category will likely recover at the start of the new fiscal year, moving back to a 2010 or possibly 2011 cut-off date in October. EB-3 Other Workers will also retrogress two years to January 1, 2004. EB-3 China, EB-3 India and EB-3 Philippines all have the poten- tial to move forward a few months in September, depend- ing on demand for EB-3 Worldwide through early August. Charlie predicts EB-3 Worldwide and EB-3 Mexico will continue to advance in September but may hold steady starting in October for a month or two to see if signif- icant demand from the re- cent advancement of the cut-off date materializes. EB-2 India EB-2 India remained un- changed this month as pre- dicted. There is sufficient demand in this category based on the current cut-off date and this date is likely to hold until at least October. Movement would only be possible if there were a sig- nificant decline in EB-1 and EB-2 demand from all other countries prior to the deter- mination of the September cut-off dates. This situation is being monitored very closely. F-2A Worldwide
This category is moving very rapidly and is likely to con- tinue to move rapidly due to a severe lack of demand. This will continue until demand materializes. Q: What percentage of EB immigrant visa num- bers are used by the US Department of State at US consulates versus USCIS? A: Approximately 85-87 percent of the EB number usage comes from USCIS filings, with the remaining 13-15 per- cent consular filings. How that percentage breaks down within specific categories varies.
August 2015 Visa Bulletin
Visa availability AVAILABILITY OF IMMIGRANT VISA NUMBERS – AUGUST 2015
All Chargeability Areas Except Countries Separately Listed China India Mexico FAMILY-SPONSORED CATEGORIES 1st Unmarried Sons and Daughters of United States citizens (F1) 01NOV07 01NOV07 01NOV07 15NOV94 2A Spouses and Unmarried Children of Permanent Residents – (F2A) 15DEC13 15DEC13 15DEC13 01NOV13 2B Unmarried Sons and Daughters (21 Years of Age or Older) of Permanent Residents (F2B) 15NOV08 15NOV08 15NOV08 08APR95 Married Sons and Daughters of US Citizens (F3) 08APR04 08APR04 08APR04 22APR94 4th Brothers and Sisters of Adult US Citizens (F4) 01DEC02 01DEC02 01DEC02 01MAR97 EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES 1st Priority Workers (E1) C C C C 2nd Professionals Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability (E2) C 15DEC13 01OCT08 C 3rd Skilled Workers and Professionals (E3) 15JUL15 01JUN04 01JUN04 15JUL15 Other Workers (Unskilled Workers) (EW) 15JUL15 01JAN04 01JUN04 15FEB15 4th Certain Special Immigrants (E4) C C C C 4th Certain Religious Workers (SR) (E4) C C C C 5th Employment Creation (Investors) (E5) C 01SEP13 C C 5th Employment Creation (Investors in Targeted Employment Areas) (E5) C 01SEP13 C C 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.
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