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

  • The EB-3 categories for World, China and Mexico have ceased advancing and remain at October 1, 2012.
  • The EB-2 China category has continued its slow advancement from March 8, 2009 to April 15, 2009.
  • The EB-2 India category remains at November 15, 2004 after the prior retrogression of four years months ago.
  • The EB-3 India category has advanced from September 15, 2003 to October 1, 2003.

Forecasted Availability

In late 2013, the DOS indicated the following visa availability through the rest of this fiscal year:

  • 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: The DOS had indicated a potential retrogression for the February 2014 Visa Bulletin. This month the category has stalled at October 1, 2012 and is the first indication of the possibility of a future retrogression.

  • 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:

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