by Chris Musillo

The Department of State has just released the February2013 Visa Bulletin. This is the fifth Visa Bulletin of the 2014 US Fiscal Year, which began on October 1, 2013.

The All Other Countries EB-3 date jumped about 6 months. It has now moved an incredible 25 months in the last 90 days!

The Philippine EB-3 numbers also progressed nicely, advancing about 3 months. This is the largest EB-3 jump in some time.

The Chinese EB-2 and EB-3 continued to be flipped: the Chinese EB-2 is worse than the Chinese EB-3. Chinese nationals who are BE-2 may be able to file an EB-3. Chinese EB-3s should check with their attorneys to effect this change.The Chinese EB-3 mirrors the All Other EB-3.

Unfortunately India EB-2 and India EB-3 remained basically stuck at the same dates from the December 2013 Visa Bulletin. India EB-3 moved one week.

The full chart is at the end of the post.

The Visa Bulletin also included some predictions on future progression:

EMPLOYMENT-based categories (potential monthly movement)

Employment First: Current

Employment Second:
Worldwide: Current
China: Three to five weeks
India: No forward movement

Employment Third:
Worldwide: This cut-off date has been advanced over four and one half years since last spring in an effort to generate new demand. After such a rapid advance of a cut-off date applicant demand for number use, particularly for adjustment of status cases, can be expected to increase significantly. Once such demand begins to materialize at a greater rate it could have a significant impact on this cut-off date situation. Little, if any forward movement of this cut-off date is likely during the next few months.
China: Will remain at the worldwide date
India: Little if any movement
Mexico: Will remain at the worldwide date
Philippines: Three to six weeks

All Other Countries China India Philippines
EB-2 Current 15FEB09 15NOV04 Current
EB-3 01SEP12 01SEP12 15SEP03 01MAY07

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