March 2008 Visa Bulletin: EB-2 still “Unavailable” for India

The March 2008 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), continues the bad news for EB-2 applicants from India as the category remains stubbornly Unavailable for the second consecutive month. The EB2 cutoff date for China has move forward almost by 12 months. In another massive forward movement, EB-3 dates for worldwide category jumped more then two years to January 2005. The March Visa Bulletin will come into effect from March 1, 2008.

Employment Based Categories

Categories
Worldwide
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
1st
Current
Current
Current
Current
Current
2nd
Current
12-01-03
Unavailable
Current
Current
3rd
01-01-05
12-01-02
08-01-01
05-01-01
01-01-05
Unskilled
01-01-02
01-01-02
01-01-02
01-01-02
01-01-02
4th
Current
Current
Current
Current
Current
Religious
Current
Current
Current
Current
Current
5th
Current
Current
Current
Current
Current

  • EB-1 (Priority Workers)
  • EB-2 (Advanced Degrees Holders or Persons of Exceptional Ability)
  • EB-3 (Skilled Workers, Professionals, and Other Workers)
  • EB-4 (Special Immigrants)
  • EB-5 (Immigrant Investors)


Family Based Categories

Categories
Worldwide
China
India
Mexico
Philippines
1st
02-15-02
02-15-02
02-15-02
07-01-92
03-01-93
2A
04-15-03
04-15-03
04-15-03
05-01-02
04-15-03
2B
02-08-99
02-08-99
02-08-99
04-01-92
02-01-97
3rd
05-15-00
05-15-00
05-15-00
07-15-92
04-01-91
4th
07-15-97
12-01-96
11-01-96
11-15-94
02-22-86
  • F – 1 (Unmarried Sons and Daughters of Citizens)
  • F – 2A (Spouses & Children)
  • F – 2B (Unmarried Sons and Daughters)
  • F – 3 (Married Sons and Daughters of Citizens)
  • F – 4 (Brothers and Sisters of Adult Citizens)

Predictions


The March 2008 Visa Bulletin indicate that many cut-off dates for most of the Employment based categories have been moved forward, mostly to speed up the processing of the allocated visa numbers for this categories. Consequently, if CIS gets an influx of applications, we will again see less movement in the cut-off dates.

The March 2008 Visa Bulletin indicate that many cut-off dates for most of the Employment based categories have been moved forward, mostly to speed up the processing of the allocated visa numbers for this categories. Consequently, if CIS gets an influx of applications, we will again see less movement in the cut-off dates.