The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently provided projections for priority date movement in the employment-based immigrant visa categories for the remainder of fiscal year 2010 (October 1st, 2009 through September 30, 2010). The DOS stated that based on current indications of demand, the “best case scenarios” for priority date movement by the end of fiscal year 2010 are as follows:

  • Employment-based 2nd Category:

World: Current

China: July through October 2005  

India: February through early March 2005  

However, DOS indicated that if not all of the available numbers in the employment-based 2nd World category are used, the leftover numbers would be allocated to the employment-based 2nd category for China and India. If this occurs, the DOS predicted that the employment-based 2nd category for China and India may advance to a date between October and December 2005.  

  • Employment-based 3rd Category:

World: April through August 2005  

China: June through September 2003  

India: January through February 2002  

Mexico: January through June 2004  

Philippines: April through August 2005  

The DOS advised that the projections are estimates which are subject to fluctuation in demand. The DOS stated that the actual future priority date movement can not be guaranteed and that it is possible that some of the categories may become Unavailable prior to the end of the fiscal year depending on demand.