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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- BasedAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedChina – mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stCCCCC
2ndC08MAR0915NOV04CC
3rd01OCT1201OCT1215SEP0301OCT1215JUN07
Other Workers01OCT1201OCT1215SEP0301OCT1215JUN07
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
CCCCC

 

March 2014 (DD/MON/YY)

Employment- BasedAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedChina – mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
1stCCCCC
2ndC15FEB0915NOV04CC
3rd01SEP1201SEP1215SEP0301SEP1201MAY07
Other Workers01SEP1201SEP1215SEP0301SEP1201MAY07
4thCCCCC
Certain Religious WorkersCCCCC
5th
Targeted
Employment Areas/
Regional Centers
and Pilot Programs
CCCCC

 

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-SponsoredAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F122FEB0722FEB0722FEB0701NOV9301NOV01
F2A08SEP1308SEP1308SEP1315APR1208SEP13
F2B22OCT0622OCT0622OCT0601MAY9308JUN03
F315JUL0315JUL0315JUL0322JUN9322FEB93
F422NOV0122NOV0122NOV0122NOV9601OCT90

 

March 2014

Family-SponsoredAll Chargeability Areas Except Those ListedCHINA-mainland bornINDIAMEXICOPHILIPPINES
F101FEB0701FEB0701FEB0715OCT9315AUG01
F2A08SEP1308SEP1308SEP1315APR1208SEP13
F2B01SEP0601SEP0601SEP0601MAY9308JUN03
F315JUN0315JUN0315JUN0308JUN9315FEB93
F408NOV0108NOV0108NOV0115NOV9601SEP90

 

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