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Business Immigration Weekly for August 14, 2015

8.14.15
Practices: Immigration

September 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

The Department of State (DOS) released the monthly Visa Bulletin and below is a summary of the  availability of employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of September.

  • The EB-2 India category was retrogressed to January 1, 2006 after it had stalled at October 1, 2008 for several months.
  • The EB-2 China category retrogressed significantly from December 15, 2013 to January 1, 2006.
  • The EB-3 India category advances from June 1, 2004 to December 22, 2004.
  • The EB-3 World and Mexico categories are almost current, advancing from July 15, 2015 to August 15, 2015.
  • The EB-3 Philippines category sees modest advancement from June 1, 2004 to December 22, 2004.
  • The EB-3 China category advances slightly from June 1, 2004 to December 22, 2004 after a drastic retrogression in August from 2011 to 2004. The DOS has indicated that this category will advance and may return to 2010 or 2011 at the beginning of the next fiscal year.
  • The EB-5 China advances three weeks from September 1, 2013 to September 22, 2013.

Comparison to Prior Months

The following is a comparison of priority date movement since the inception of the current retrogression in 2007:

Dec
2007

Jun
2008

Aug
2009

Sept
2012

Jan
2015

Aug
2015

Sept
2015

EB-3 World

09/01/02

03/01/06

U

10/01/06

06/01/13

07/15/15

08/15/15

EB-2 China

01/01/03

04/01/04

10/01/03

U

02/01/10

12/15/13

01/01/06

EB-3 China

10/15/01

03/22/03

U

12/15/05

03/01/11

06/01/04

12/22/04

EB-2 India

01/01/02

04/01/04

10/01/03

U

02/15/05

10/01/08

01/01/06

EB-3 India

05/01/01

11/01/01

U

10/08/02

12/15/03

06/01/04

12/22/04

EB-3 Other Workers

10/01/01

01/01/03

U

10/01/06

06/01/13

07/15/15

08/15/15

 

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