The Department of State (DOS) released its February 2015 Visa Bulletin which shows the availability of employment-based immigrant visa categories for the month of February. Below is a summary of the bulletin highlights:

  • The EB-2 India category has advanced from February 15, 2005 to September 1, 2005.

  • The EB-2 China category has advanced one month from  February 1, 2010 to March 15, 2010.

  • The EB-3 India category advances two weeks from December 15, 2003 to December 22, 2003.

  • The EB-3 World, Mexico and Philippines categories continue to exhibit strong advancement from June 1, 2013 to January 1, 2014.

  • The EB-3 China category also continues to show significant advancement from March 1, 2011 to September 1, 2011.

Please note that month-to-month availability of immigrant visas varies and depends on many factors. These forecasts do not guarantee future availability.

Forecast for Future Months

The following is a summary of the DOS' forecast for availability of immigrant visas:

  1. EB-1 will remain current.
  2. EB-2 China will advance three to six weeks.
  3. EB-2 India will advance four to six months
  4. EB-2 World will remain current.
  5. EB-3 World will advance another month or two.
  6. EB-3 China will see rapid advancement which may require a cutoff in future months.
  7. EB-3 India will advance two weeks.
  8. EB-3 Mexico will remain consistent at the EB-3 World date.
  9. EB-3 Philippines will remain consistent with the EB-3 World date, but may require a cutoff in future months.
  10. EB-5 China may be cutoff as early as the summer months. All other countries will remain current.

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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