Today, the U.S. Department of State ("DOS") released its April 2014 Visa Bulletin which shows the availability of employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of March. Below is a summary of this month's highlights:

  • The EB-3 categories for World, China and Mexico continue to advance from September 1, 2012 to October 1, 2012.
  • The EB-2 China category has advanced from February 15, 2009 to March 8, 2009.
  • The EB-2 India category remains at November 15, 2004 after the prior retrogression of four years several months ago.
  • The EB-3 India category remains at September 15.

Forecasted Availability

In late 2013, the DOS has indicated the following visa availability:

  • B-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 the DOS had indicated a potential retrogression for the February 2014 Visa Bulletin, this category continues to advance through April 2014. It is not likely to last.
  • EB-3 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:

Click here to view table.