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April Visa Bulletin

The April Visa Bulletin has been released. With it comes news of standstills for some and advancements for others. How the visa bulletin works is that every month, based on a complicated formula, the State Department publishes a chart for green card visa availability. The quota is based on one’s priority date. A priority date for a green card seeker based on an employer or business relationship is based on the date of the petition filed with USCIS or the date the labor certification application is accepted for processing by the Department of Labor (if labor certification is required). A priority date for a green card seeker based on a family relationship is based on the date the petition is filed with USCIS.

EMPLOYMENT BASED

There is a mix of good news and bad news for people seeking employment-based green cards. All of the categories that remained current this month in March are also current for next month in April. Advancements for the other categories with priority dates, however, have been modest. The largest advancement was a by month and a half for the EB-3 and “Other Workers” categories for green card seekers from the Philippines. Green card seekers from other countries only experienced advancements by a month, however EB-2 visa seekers from China only saw an advancement of less than a month.

April 2014 (DD/MON/YY)

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed China – mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 08MAR09 15NOV04 C C
3rd 01OCT12 01OCT12 15SEP03 01OCT12 15JUN07
Other Workers 01OCT12 01OCT12 15SEP03 01OCT12 15JUN07
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
C C C C C

 

March 2014 (DD/MON/YY)

Employment- Based All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed China – mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
1st C C C C C
2nd C 15FEB09 15NOV04 C C
3rd 01SEP12 01SEP12 15SEP03 01SEP12 01MAY07
Other Workers 01SEP12 01SEP12 15SEP03 01SEP12 01MAY07
4th C C C C C
Certain Religious Workers C C C C C
5th
Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
C C C C C

 

FAMILY BASED (DD/MON/YY)

For the family based categories, there has only been modest movements forward or standstills. The largest advancement forward again comes from the Philippines, where FB-1 green card seekers saw an advancement of a month and a half. FB-2B green card seekers from India and China and the remaining countries (i.e. excluding China, India, Mexico, and the Philippines) also saw a month and a half jump forward. but also modest advancements were seen for visa seekers from India. The remaining categories, however only saw an advancement of a month or less.

If you have questions about how to receive a green card, the visa bulletin, or any other immigration questions, an experience immigration attorney can assist you.

April 2014 (DD/MON/YY)

Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 22FEB07 22FEB07 22FEB07 01NOV93 01NOV01
F2A 08SEP13 08SEP13 08SEP13 15APR12 08SEP13
F2B 22OCT06 22OCT06 22OCT06 01MAY93 08JUN03
F3 15JUL03 15JUL03 15JUL03 22JUN93 22FEB93
F4 22NOV01 22NOV01 22NOV01 22NOV96 01OCT90

 

March 2014

Family-Sponsored All Chargeability Areas Except Those Listed CHINA-mainland born INDIA MEXICO PHILIPPINES
F1 01FEB07 01FEB07 01FEB07 15OCT93 15AUG01
F2A 08SEP13 08SEP13 08SEP13 15APR12 08SEP13
F2B 01SEP06 01SEP06 01SEP06 01MAY93 08JUN03
F3 15JUN03 15JUN03 15JUN03 08JUN93 15FEB93
F4 08NOV01 08NOV01 08NOV01 15NOV96 01SEP90

 

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