Current Availability

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

  • The EB-2 India category continues advancing significantly from January 22, 2009 in August to May 1, 2009 in September. The DOS predicts in this month's bulletin that once there is a significant demand in this category the dates can retrogress as early as November.
  • The EB-3 World category remains at April 1, 2011 has not advanced since June 2014 when the category retrogressed from October 1, 2012.
  • The EB-3 China, India and Mexico categories show no advancement from August and remain at November 1, 2008 for China, November 8, 2003 for India and April 1, 2011 for Mexico.
  • The EB-2 China category also remains stalled at October 8, 2009.
  • The EB-3 Philippines category continues to show rapid advancement from June 1, 2010 in August to April 1, 2011 in September.

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 slow its advancement or retrogress in the coming months.

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:

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