March 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

March 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

March 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

The U.S. Department of State issued the March 2015 Visa Bulletin, which is available here: http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2015/visa-bulletin-for-march-2015.html. The Visa Bulletin publishes the current priority dates for available immigrant visas for family-based and employment-based sponsorships.

The most significant changes from the February 2015 Visa Bulletin occurred in the employment-based preference categories. Notably, the priority dates are advancing quickly, particularly for nationals of China and India. Below are the key changes:

· The EB2 priority date for China is now September 1, 2010. In February, the priority date was March 15, 2010.

· The EB2 priority date for India is now January 1, 2007. In February, the priority date was September 1, 2005.

· The EB3 priority date for the Philippines, Mexico, and all other countries is now June 1, 2014. In February, the priority date was January 1, 2014.

Family-Sponsored Preference Chart

Preference Level Preference Level India Mexico Philippines All Other Areas
F1
Aug. 1, 2007

Aug. 1, 2007

Oct. 22, 1994

Feb. 1, 2005

Aug. 1, 2007
(unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens)
F2A
June 22, 2013

June 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

June 22, 2013

June 22, 2013
(spouses and children of Permanent Residents)
F2B
July 8, 2008

July 8, 2008

Jan. 1, 1995

Mar. 22, 2004

July 8, 2008
(unmarried sons and daughters of Permanent Residents)
F3
Jan. 22, 2004

Jan. 22, 2004

Feb. 22, 1994

Aug. 1, 1993

Jan. 22, 2004
(married sons and daughters of U.S. Citizens)
F4
May 15, 2002

May 15, 2002

June 1, 1997

Sep. 8, 1991

May 15, 2002
(brothers and sisters of adult U.S. Citizens)

Employment-Based Preference Chart

Preference Level Preference Level India Mexico Philippines All Other Areas
EB1
Current

Current

Current

Current

Current
(priority workers)
EB2
Sep. 1, 2010

Jan. 1, 2007

Current

Current

Current
(advanced degrees or persons of exceptional ability)
EB3
Oct. 22, 2011

Jan. 1, 2004

June 1, 2014

June 1, 2014

June 1, 2014
(skilled workers and professionals)
EB3
Aug. 15, 2005

Jan. 1, 2004

June 1, 2014

June 1, 2014

June 1, 2014
(other workers)
EB4
Current

Current

Current

Current

Current
(certain special immigrants)
EB5
Current

Current

Current

Current

Current
(brothers and sisters of adult U.S. Citizens)