Friday, October 25, 2013

Visa Bulletin Preview for December and Beyond

From Council for Global Immigration, 10/24/2013

The Council for Global Immigration has learned details regarding what to expect in the coming months in the visa bulletin, including probable retrogression of numbers from India EB-2, modest advancement for China EB-2s and more significant advancement for China and “Rest of World” EB-3s.

India EB-2 numbers are expected to retrogress over three years to late 2004 or early 2005.   We have also been told not to expect any forward movement for India EB-3 priority dates and, while retrogression is not as likely for EB-3, it is not out of the realm of possibility.

China EB-2 numbers are expected to continue to move forward approximately 5 weeks per month.  EB-2 is expected to remain current for the rest of the world.

China and Mexico EB-3 numbers are expected to follow worldwide numbers, advancing about a year in the December Visa Bulletin and continuing to advance in January and February.  Philippines EB-3s are expected to advance about 2 weeks per month.

In addition, China EB-5s might have a cut-off date for the first time sometime in 2014.  Currently, there is an excess of approximately 3,000 EB-5 numbers which are used in the EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 categories.  Thus, a cut-off date for China EB-5s could affect other EB categories for China.