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

  • The EB-3 categories for World, China and Mexico continue to advance from April 1, 2012 to June 1, 2012.
  • The EB-2 China category has advanced one month from December 8, 2008 to January 8, 2009.
  • The EB-2 India category remains at November 15, 2004 after the prior retrogression of four years.
  • The EB-3 India category remains at September 1, 2003.

Forecasted Availability

  • The DOS has indicated the following visa availability:

  • EB-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. It is not likely to last.

  • EB-3 for 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.

Additional information about the movement of the employment-based immigrant visa priority dates will be contained in our firm's future Immigration Updates when it becomes available.