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October and November Visa Bulletin Advancements

The October visa bulletin has come with great gains for certain categories. Unfortunately, the trend may stop there as the November visa bulletin only shows moderate advancements.

One notable change is that the F2A family category (spouses and children, and unmarried sons and daughters of green card holders) has slowed. Ever since August of this year, this category has remained current. However, as of October and even for next month in November, priority dates for the F2A category are set for early September. The other family-based green card categories have not moved substantially.

The employment based categories, however, have seen some moderate advancement. For Chinese citizens in the "Other Workers" category (unskilled workers who can perform labor for which qualified workers are not available in the United States), there was a movement in the priority dates, from June 15, 2004 to September 22, 2004, followed by a slight movement in November. The most notable increase is for Mexican, Chinese, and other foreign citizens (except for citizens from India and the Philippines) in the EB-3 (skilled workers and professionals) and Other Workers categories. These categories saw a forward movement of up to three months. For example, Chinese citizens in the EB-3 category saw advancement in their priority dates from July 1, 2010 to October 1, 2010.

Hopefully, these moderate to substantial advancements will continue for these and other categories and that the government shutdown will not hinder these advancements. Please see here or the chart below for the Visa Bulletin for October and November of this year. If you have any questions about your priority date, obtaining a green card, or any other immigration issues, please contact us so that we may assist you.

October

Family-Sponsored

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

1-Oct-06

1-Oct-06

1-Oct-06

22-Sep-93

1-Jun-01

F2A

8-Sep-13

8-Sep-13

8-Sep-13

1-Sep-13

8-Sep-13

F2B

1-Mar-06

1-Mar-06

1-Mar-06

8-Mar-94

8-Feb-03

F3

22-Jan-03

22-Jan-03

22-Jan-03

22-May-93

1-Jan-93

F4

8-Aug-01

8-Aug-01

8-Aug-01

15-Oct-96

22-Mar-90







Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

15-Sep-08

15-Jun-08

C

C

3rd

1-Jul-10

1-Jul-10

22-Sep-03

1-Jul-10

15-Dec-06

Other Workers

1-Jul-10

22-Sep-04

22-Sep-03

1-Jul-10

15-Dec-06

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

C

C

5th

C

C

C

C

C

Targeted

Employment Areas/

Regional Centers and Pilot Programs

November

Family-Sponsored

All Charge-ability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

F1

22-Oct-06

22-Oct-06

22-Oct-06

22-Sep-93

1-Jul-01

F2A

8-Sep-13

8-Sep-13

8-Sep-13

1-Sep-13

8-Sep-13

F2B

22-Mar-06

22-Mar-06

22-Mar-06

1-Apr-94

1-Mar-03

F3

8-Feb-03

8-Feb-03

8-Feb-03

1-Jun-93

8-Jan-93

F4

22-Aug-01

22-Aug-01

22-Aug-01

22-Oct-96

22-Apr-90







Employment- Based

All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed

CHINA- mainland born

INDIA

MEXICO

PHILIPPINES

1st

C

C

C

C

C

2nd

C

8-Oct-08

15-Jun-08

C

C

3rd

1-Oct-10

1-Oct-10

22-Sep-03

1-Oct-10

15-Dec-06

Other Workers

1-Oct-10

1-Oct-10

22-Sep-03

1-Oct-10

15-Dec-06

4th

C

C

C

C

C

Certain Religious Workers

C

C

C

C

C

5th

C

C

C

C

C

Targeted

Employment Areas/

Regional Centers and Pilot Programs

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