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Business Immigration Weekly for December 16, 2013

12.16.13
Practices: Immigration

By Esther Contreras

JANUARY 2014 VISA BULLETIN UPDATE

Current Availability

The U.S. Department of State ("DOS") recently released its January 2014 Visa Bulletin which shows the availability of employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of December and features the following highlights:

  • The EB-2 China category has advanced one month from November 8, 2008 to December 8, 2008.
  • The EB-2 India category remains at November 15, 2004 after last month's retrogression of four years.
  • The EB-3 categories for World, China and Mexico have advanced significantly from October 1, 2011 to April 1, 2012.
  • The EB-3 India category remains at September 1, 2003.

Forecasted Availability

The DOS has indicated the following visa availability:

  • EB-1 will remain current.
  • EB-2: World category will remain current; China will advance three to five weeks; and India will show no further advancement.
  • EB-3 China: Although this category has advanced significantly it will most likely be retrogressed in the February 2014 Visa Bulletin.
  • EB-3 for India will show no further advancement.

Please note that month-to-month availability of immigrant visas varies and depends on many factors. These forecasts do not guarantee future availability.

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

May 2013

Dec 2013

Jan 2014

EB-3 World

09/01/02

03/01/06

U

10/01/06

12/01/07

10/01/11

04/01/12

EB-2 China

01/01/03

04/01/04

10/01/03

U

05/15/08

11/08/08

12/08/08

EB-3 China

10/15/01

03/22/03

U

12/15/05

12/01/07

10/01/11

04/01/12

EB-2 India

01/01/02

04/01/04

10/01/03

U

09/01/04

11/15/04

11/15/04

EB-3 India

05/01/01

11/01/01

U

10/08/02

12/22/02

09/01/03

09/01/03

EB-3 Other Workers

10/01/01

01/01/03

U

10/01/06

12/01/07

10/01/11

04/01/12

Additional information about the movement of the employment-based immigrant visa priority dates will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.

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